sjudge July 26th, 2009
Black Hill, north of Ephraim, Utah. Research Day 12 (July 21).
Today was our last day collecting data in the Green River Formation, so we ended it by visiting one of the larger quarries in the area. Shortly after arriving at the quarry, though, Bill stumbled upon a baby rattlesnake, and it was angry, curled up and rattling under a small wackestone ledge. Bill couldn’t quite leave it alone the entire time we were at the quarry. This rattlesnake only added to the “wildlife” list that we saw in central Utah while hiking through the Green River Formation. It seemed like each day numerous Black Widow spiders were seen, and some of them were fairly large. In addition to rattlesnakes and Black Widows, we were treated to cottontail rabbits, deer, elk, ground squirrels, swarms of “Mormon crickets” (migratory grasshoppers), red harvester ants, and a rare fox sighting in the middle of one afternoon.