On November 22, 2017, I drove out to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which is west of Pahrump, Las Vegas on the way to Death Valley National Park. Despite being surrounded by desert, there are natural springs that feed small pools and a couple of larger ponds.
Some of the smaller pools contains various species of endangered pupfish and other aquatic life. A variety of waterbirds, including American coots, ducks, and more, visit the larger ponds.
I got there a bit later than planned so there weren’t any of the more “impressive” wading birds at the Crystal Reservoir by the time I got there. So I didn’t take as many photos as I had planned. But I’ll go back out there the spring and make sure I get there a lot earlier. So here are the few photos I did take.