2006 Wildflower Season Summary
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2005 Wildflower Summary
The 2005 wildflower season was one of the best on record. After heavy seasonal rains, an explosion of wildflowers was seen. Readers sent in scores of beautiful pictures, some of the best of which we put together here.
The Desert Food Chain
A food chain constitutes a complex network of organisms, from plants to animals, through which energy, derived from the sun, flows in the form of organic matter and dissipates in the form of waste heat.
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The park's most famous cave, Carlsbad Cavern, is over 1,000 feet deep, contains 30 miles of mapped passages and the largest underground chamber in the U.S. View formations of stalagmites, stalactites, and columns as well as the evening flight of Mexican free-tailed bats from the entrance of the Cavern.
The ubiquitous coyote originally ranged primarily in the southwest corner of the US, but it has adapted readily to the changes caused by human occupation and, in the past 200 years, has been steadily extending its range.