A sign of springtime to me usually means a few good camping trips to the Utah desert to shake off winter's cold chill with some warm dry desert air. One of the trips this spring that really stands out was a day spent walking up Day Canyon near Moab, UT. I was joined by my good friend and excellent birder Todd and my usual hiking partner, my dog Rilkey, a 14 yr. old Collie Golden mix. I don't know which one us had more fun that day? Rilkey acted like he was ten years younger running through the water and mud with long sticks dangerously hanging from his mouth. Or myself learning about the birds and their songs that filled the canyon walls. Maybe it was the clean crisp light? That kind of light you get after a good rainstorm that really makes this particular day stick in my memory. Whatever it was about that day - it was timeless in my mind.