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RV Bird Watching Laramie WY

RV bird watchers across North America are noticing mallards. Here's where to start RV bird watching on your next RV trip. Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards.

KOA-Laramie
(800) KOA-4153
Laramie, WY
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Playground, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Star Valley Ranch Resort
(307) 883-2670
Thayne, WY
Campground Availability
1-May thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pool, Hot Tub, Pond Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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Cheyenne-KOA
(307) 638-8840
Cheyenne, WY
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Bighorn Canyon NRA-South District (Horseshoe Bend CG)
(307) 548-2251
Lovell, WY
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Restway Travel Park
(800) 443-2751
Cheyenne, WY
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Play Equipment, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Twin Creeks Campground
(307) 684-5423
Buffalo, WY
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Stream Fishing, Playground, Golf Nearby

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Sinks Canyon State Park
(307) 332-6333
Lander, WY
Campground Availability
May thru 31-Oct
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Boating, River Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Curt Gowdy State Park
(307) 632-7946
Cheyenne, WY
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Owl Creek Kampground
(307) 856-2869
Riverton, WY
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Mid Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Play Equipment, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Bighorn National Forest (Boulder Park Campground)
(307) 347-8291
Ten Sleep, WY
Campground Availability
22-May thru 23-Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Boating, Stream Fishing, Horseshoes

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RV Birdwatching for Your Next RV Trip

Mallards - The Uncommonly Common Duck


Wildlife Feature: Mallards
The uncommonly common duck From the pages of Camping Life Magazine

According to Crow Indian legend, before there was land or trees or mammals, the world consisted of an enormous sea. On this sea paddled ducks, the only animals in the world. One day, Old Man came to the ducks, informing them that there was earth on the bottom of the ocean. Four ducks dove to the depths at his command. When they popped to the surface, one of them presented him a bit of mud wedged between its webbed toes. From this bit of soil, Old Man created the continents that were subsequently occupied by other birds and mammals and the Crows themselves. Many early peoples caught ducks for use as a food source, but just as many prized the duck, especially the mallard, for its beautiful plumage.

Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards. Oblivious to the world, a green-headed drake bobs his head up and down before a likely female. If the head-bob fails to impress his audience, the suitor may dip his bright, yellow-green bill into the water then raise it above his head to send sparkling droplets of water splashing back to the surface. He may also rear backward in the water, displaying the burnished chestnut hues of his breast to his potential mate.

MOST COLORFUL

With the exception of the wood duck drake, male mallards are considered by many to be the most colorful ducks of North America. In contrast to the brilliantly arrayed but relatively uncommon wood duck, though, mallards seem to be everywhere. Due to their uncanny ability to adapt to human civilization and benefit from agricultural activities, mallards are not only the most common duck in the United States, but the most widespread duck in the entire world.

Although most species of ducks are superficially similar in shape and general appearance, different species are often categorized by the manner in which they forage. Diving ducks use their powerful feet to propel themselves to the depths of lakes, ponds and streams where they glean insects and vegetation from the bottom. Mallards, on the other hand, are among the several species known as dabblers. Dabbling ducks don't normally dive, but are often seen tipped bottom-side up, with their heads submerged. Under the surface, their bills probe for vegetation or click shut on swimming bugs. Dabbling ducks will also paddle along in groups, snatching hatching insects from on top of the water.

To facilitate their feeding, the bills of mallards possess some specialized characteristics. Both the yellow-gre...

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