Photo of the Week
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) are large black, orange, and white sparrows that inhabit the western United States. They're very entertaining backyard visitors, singing tirelessly and hopping around the yard "double-scratching" the ground in search of food. Unlike their eastern counterparts, Eastern Towhee, Spotted Towhee can live in a much drier habitats.
(Photo taken in Zion National Park, Utah)
“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, "What good is it?" If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering."