• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Important Notice to Mariners

    Lake Mead water elevations will be declining throughout the summer. Before launching, check lake levels, launch ramp conditions, changes to Aids to Navigation and weather conditions by clicking on More »

Birds

Keep up-to-date about Lake Mead NRA
by following us via our social media sites:

 
Egret-Bird-Cover-Image
 
icon-wildlife

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?

Geometric Petroglyphs on rocks

As early as 3,000 years ago, people inhabiting the Southwest began chiseling and painting pictures on rocks and cliff walls. Preserved by the dry climate, much of this rock art ranging from complicated geometric designs to huge figures, remains to puzzle, astonish, and awe modern-day viewers.