• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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Birds

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Although a desert region, more than 240 different kinds of birds have thus far been recorded at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This is due to the varied habitats available, and the fact that Lake Mead NRA is on a north-south migration route for many birds.



The creation of lakes Mead and Mohave has made a vast change in the local bird life. Originally, the water habitat was restricted to the Colorado River and its tributaries. With the building of Hoover and Davis Dams, vast bodies of water came into being that immediately attracted many kinds of water and shore birds. The vegetation that developed around the shores became fine feeding grounds for numerous insect-eating birds.

Learn about the
American Bald Eagle in our
Atlas of Lake Mead section

 

Did You Know?

Scenic picture of Wilderness in Lake Mead National Recreation Area

"The wilderness . . . that has come to us from the eternity of the past we have the boldness to project into the eternity of the future. It seems presumptuous for men and women . . . to dare to undertake a program for perpetuity, but that surely is our challenge." -- Howard Zahniser