Stress, which results when animals are spooked or are approached too closely, may compromise their ability to survive drought or hard winters. Try to keep all animals from getting human food which means picking up all trash and left foods. It's usually unhealthy for them and certainly teaches them to become pests in search of handouts.
The presence of raptors, such as prairie falcons, eagles, and many hawks and owls, are indicators of the health of any ecosystem. Avoid nesting sites on or near the crags in the spring and early summer. Watch the birds as they circle and land near their nests to identify places to avoid. If you encounter nests on a climb, don't touch them. Human contact may cause the adults to abandon the nest and its eggs or young. Adhere to seasonal closures; you can always find another climb.
Pay attention for other signs of animal activity and also avoid these areas as well.
The photo to the right was taken amongst the rocks on the Tableland. Pack rats have used this hole in the rock for many generations, and as a result, produced a pile of midden. Midden piles have been dated as old as 40 million years. Midden is essentially the nest used by the pack rat and is an accumulation of biotic material, feces, and urine. Besides the fact that this is an animals home, midden can provide paleoenvironmental history of a specific area. Plant macrofossils extracted from midden can provide information concerning vegetative and climatic histories on a habitat specific level. Therefore, we ask that you do not climb or touch these nests and suggest contacting a resource specialist to identify these unique areas.
Ongoing research and studies are being conducted on the Tablelands to identify the sensitive wildlife areas in order to sustain a healthy ecosystem in this very fragile desert environment. Please cooperate with the rules and regulations applied to specific areas.