• Long House in autumn

    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

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    Through October 27, 2014 all access to the most visited part of the park, Frijoles Canyon, will be via a mandatory shuttle bus from the nearby community of White Rock from 9 AM - 3 PM daily. Private cars may drive in before 9 AM or after 3 PM. More »

Owls

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Flammulated Owl

Photo by Sally King

Owls are very unique raptors that are adapted to hunting for prey, mainly at night. The following six species of owls have been identified from Bandelier National Monument.

Flammulated Owl, Western Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Pygmy Owl, Spotted Owl, and Northern Saw-whet Owl

Depending on size, owls feed on everything from rodents, including squirrels, to insects and lizards. They tend to be watchers who sit patiently until prey comes within striking distance for them to quickly swoop down and carry them away.

 
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The Northern Pygmy Owl is the most often seen owl in the park, maybe because it is one of the few owls to hunt during the day.
Photo by Sally King

Did You Know?

Katydid

Katydids are often called leaf hoppers. Their wings and body look like vegetation, a form of camouflage which offers this insect some protection from predators.