Bridle Creek is a 27-acre fenced riparian habitat located behind the Community Center at the base of Sanders Mesa. A dirt trail follows the intermittently flowing stream and provides an easy nature walk that is readily accessible to the Bagdad Community. The area was first certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) in 1995 and is currently certified through the WHC’s “Wildlife at Work” program. The riparian area is composed mainly of cottonwood and willow trees and the surrounding desert landscape consist of native grasses, cacti, acacia and mesquite trees. The area is managed for both habitat enhancement and community outreach and education for local students and interested parties.
Follow Lindahl Road past the Copper Country Bar & Grill (formerly the Circle Bar Steak House) and turn LEFT at the large green sign for Turtle Rock Ranch. There is a dirt parking area shortly after the turn.
Hours are 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Call (928) 633-6034 for more information.
Two young Great Horned Owls and three young Common Ravens have a new, safer home after employees at Freeport-McMoRan’s Bagdad operation helped relocate the birds from nests built on equipment scheduled for demolition to make room for new infrastructure equipment.
Mine employees suspended demolition activity in the immediate area of the nests and greatly reduced activity in the general area to minimize any disturbance to the birds. The Environmental Department worked to obtain a special permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorizing the collection and relocation of the young birds to a rehabilitation center.
Then, with permit in hand, the Wildlife Team collaborated with Liberty Wildlife, a nonprofit organization specializing in easing human/wildlife conflicts, to collect the birds and move them offsite.
Today, the young birds are doing well and are with foster parents who are teaching them to feed and hunt.
In addition to working with Liberty Wildlife on this effort, the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation recently made a grant to support its environmental science education program in Arizona and parts of New Mexico. The program introduces students to wildlife and activities that convey the importance of the natural world.