by Marilyn and Keith Davis

"St. George at its Finest!"

Canyon Wren

canyon wren
       I have always loved hiking with my children, even when they were two, four, and four (I have twins).  I had lots of help on the hikes because our dog Skippy would go with us.  We frequented the ‘kid friendly’ red hills of St. George because they had all kinds of caves, holes, and secret places that nobody else knew about but us . . . back in the dark and unenlightened ages.  We hiked to the Sandstone Tabernacle, Grandma’s Steps, the Sugar Loaf, the Scouts Cave, the Light Cave, the Dark Cave, and the Skinny Cave.  These were neat places to go.   

        Memories are great and I love to relive a few now and then.  What a great and wonderful surprise was waiting for me this week when I drove up on the former ‘Skyline Drive’ (now the Red Hills Pkwy.).  The area was aglow with yellow, white, and purple blooms in contrast to the red, red sand and stone.  The flowers need to be seen before it heats up and they are gone.  They call this area “the Pioneer Primitive Park.”  To get there, take the first road west of the water tank which turns north.  The road winds up and around and comes out where you began.  There are many places to stop, look, or hike along the way.  Toward the end of the circle, I pulled over to soak up the beauty when a bird flew right in front of me and then back to a red sandstone monument and began singing.  It was a Canyon Wren.  I can usually count on a Canyon Wren in that very place each time I visit.   If you don’t see one, listen.  This Wren has a distinctive twi, twi, twi, twi, twi, twi, twi, twi, which descends from high notes to low notes.  I hope you will take this trip soon, and enjoy St. George at its finest.  

        The artist is Marilyn Davis.  If you have questions about where to go, birds, or Red Cliffs Audubon monthly activities call 435 673-0996.  To learn more about Red Cliffs Audubon, go to the website at 

        Just a reminder:  Come and join us at our monthly general meeting on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.  The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will present “Mississippi Delta Restoration and Gulf Recovery 2011"  at the Tonaquint Nature Center,
1851 S. Dixie Dr.  Come see and learn for yourself what has happened since the BP Deep Horizon well exploded, killing 11 people, then caught fire, sank and began to gush oil into the Gulf of Mexico for the next 88 days.  If you arrive early, you can enjoy the pond, the river, and a bit of wilderness in the heart of St. George.  For more information, call 435 673-0996.

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