I just talked with Amy Sprunger, who is the Refuge Manager at the Desert
National Wildlife Refuge (Corn Creek) regarding the changes that have been
happening over the last couple of years at Corn Creek. In a nutshell, here
is what is happening..
The front pond has been cemented in for a couple of reasons: 1) there are
pipes built in to provide water for cooling of the new building/office that
is to be built, 2) there are pipes for any fire in the area, and 3) the pond
will hold some of the endangered pupfish. The reason for the cement
(besides the pipes) is to prevent the crawfish (which eat the pupfish) from
living there (apparently the crawfish need to bury into the mud).
The new office will go where the current trailer/restrooms are. Not sure on
the date for that construction.
The stream is diverted to the meadow and the ponds (which were man made) and
are being allowed to dry. This will revert back to a more natural
Very little further habitat "destruction" is needed. 97% of the
"destruction" is done. No current plans to remove the mulberry trees.
They are planting native plants, about 50% are now in the ground.
"It should be better when everything is done, but patience is needed." She
felt it will look much improved next spring.
Hope this is true.