The biggest difference I noticed between the High Plains Snow Goose Festival and the Monte Vista Crane Festival was that relatively few of the events at the Snow Goose Festival actually had anything to do with Snow Geese. At least, the two tours I took on Saturday didn't involve them at all. In the case of the afternoon drive to the Two Buttes Reservoir State Wildlife Area, that turned out to be just fine.
Parks & Wildlife staff accompanied us, and explained how two days of torrential rain last fall had burst a hole in the reservoir dam and resulted in a pretty dramatic flash flood. I was surprised to see thick green algae growing on some of the slow-moving water during winter.
Moab, complete with desert varnish.
porcupine before, and on this one-mile stretch of trail we saw four hanging out in the trees. Apparently their predators don't expect to find a canyon here, either.
Cliff Swallow nests on the side of one of the rock faces. A Great Horned Owl had a nest above them, and I assume it never had to travel far for a meal.
Spent a really terrific couple of hours here, but didn't actually get a picture of the namesake geographic feature!