Downy Woodpecker ~ Coast to coast, border to border, forest to feeder, the Downy Woodpecker goes about its business in 49 states. The smallest woodpecker in the United States, it turns up everywhere there are a few trees, except in the dry deserts of the Southwest and in Hawaii. - Photo by Paul Bannick paulbannick.com
Townsend's Warbler (Setophaga townsendi) is a small songbird of the New World warbler family. Their breeding habitats are coniferous forests with large trees on the northwestern coast of North America.
Desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) is a subspecies of bighorn sheep found in the desert Southwest United States and the northern regions of Mexico. The characteristics and behavior of desert bighorn sheep generally follow those of other bighorn sheep, except for adaptation to the lack of water in the desert; bighorn sheep can go for extended periods of time without drinking water.
A tiny, sparrow-sized owl, the Elf Owl is a resident of deserts, dry shublands, riparian woodlands, and open pine-oak forests in Mexico and southern Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. Its calls are a characteristic nighttime sound of the desert southwest
The coyote (Canis latrans) was adopted as South Dakota's state animal in 1949. Native to the desert southwest, the coyote now ranges from Alaska, throughout most of Canada and the USA, and south to central America. In South Dakota, the coyote (also called prairie wolf) is found in the greatest numbers in the Black Hills and along the Missouri River and its tributaries