Protecting and preserving
The prominence of water in an otherwise barren, desert landscape makes Warm Springs Natural Area an oasis for regional wildlife, including 28 endangered, threatened and sensitive species.
Most significant of the rare and endangered species of Warm Springs home is the Moapa dace, which is found nowhere else in the world but in the warm, spring-fed waters of the greater Warm Springs area. The Moapa dace is protected by the Endangered Species Act and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers the recovery of the Moapa dace to be essential in this region.
Other federally protected species in Warm Springs include the Southwestern willow flycatcher, yellow-billed cuckoo and the desert tortoise. Other sensitive species that occur here are listed by the Nevada Natural Heritage program, or other government lists of sensitive species.
The following are some of the rare and endangered animals found at Warm Springs Natural Area, where conservation and preservation of nature is a critical focus of our mission.
Western yellow-billed cuckoo
(Coccyzus americanus occidentalis)
Southwestern willow flycatcher
(Empidonax traillii extimus)
Virgin River chub