The Inyo California towhee (Pipilio crissalis eremophilus) is another ecological wonder of the California Desert Conservation Area.

Reflecting the extremes of the desert, it nests in cool, shaded willow patches, but feed on seeds, insects, and cactus fruits on adjacent desert slopes. It is completely isolated to unique riparian areas surrounded by Mojave desert scrub within Inyo County's Argus Range. Now reduced to 200-300 individuals, destruction of riparian habitat by grazing, mining, ORVs, and water diversions are immediate threats.

graphic Andrew Rodman ©2002
July 3, 2003
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