National Geographic : 1977 Jul
/ Proposedfor inclusion inthe \ 7 national Wild and Scenic Rivers System: at least 9,600 acres of U.S. corridor 1,988~. along 191miles of river, providing Da d,diverted, and reduced 6,521 pre ntly protected segments with even to a ickle through its first 900 str ger environmental safeguards. miles, he ',885-mile Rio Grande is \ BurroBltff replen hed by Mexico's Rio Conchos. 2 . Reagan I. 1692 ' Canyon esidio 00[ SOjiriaga BLACK GAP WILDLIFE "I,425 uRioontoDam F MANAGEMENT AREA Rio Conchos p- t SBIG Texas' gift to the nation in 1944, , SBEND Big Bend National Park boasts Stdy But t NATIONA1 ,100 square miles of scrub r unction" PR spread desert, wooded mountains, STa2 and spectacular river canyons. 7, 96 2 Santa Elenaaolon ~' SanVi n t Mariscal 8,60 - , Canyon collared peccaries. Here are coyotes, the great voices of the western wilds, and cougars. Beavers and raccoons thrive; the numbers of blue catfish, the best sort of eating, are legion. Even creatures rare in these times may still exist in the mysterious despo blado. A Mexican friend swore he trapped a jaguar only a few years ago. Another claimed an ocelot. Federal wildlife scientists say a few Mexican wolves, near extinction, have been spotted north of the river. As for birds, I have counted six golden eagles in a single day and seen the aeries of peregrine falcons high on canyon walls. Down near the muddy flow, countless swallows paste their their tiny adobe houses to the painted cliffs. In every river gorge, canyon wrens, the prima donnas of the Rio, sing liquid songs a nightingale might envy. From pioneer times until well into this century, few from the outside world ever heard the music of these canyon wrens. Not only was travel difficult in Serious canoeing gives way to a water fight as Boy Scouts from Midland, Texas, negotiate Mariscal Canyon.