(photo - Zzyzx pond, also known as Lake Tuendae) For more information on Zzyzx and the Desert Studies Center, Wikipedia is an excellent resource. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Studies_Center
The Desert Studies Center is located 8 miles southwest of the small town of Baker and four miles in from Hwy 15. As you can see in the above photo, there is a beautiful pond, lined with date bearing palms, many of them Washingtonia filifera, California's only native Palm tree. The water and the fruit bearing palms are a great attraction to many species of birds. Late Saturday afternoon we watched a migratory Red-naped Sapsucker feeding on small, yet sweet dates of a native palm. (photo by Judy West)
Baker town park: Feeding in the freshly mowed grass was a mixed flock of Pine Siskin, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch, Cow Birds. Ravens were abundant.
Shoshone: A beautiful little historic town, with ample spring water. The owner of most of the local property is revitalizing the town with a focus on ecotourism. Protecting wetlands and riparian restoration is paramount. On the edge of a new crystal clear town pond we saw a migratory Wilson's Snipe, and Pied-billed Grebe. In a nearby palm observed a Red-breasted Nuthatch. Robins were busy on the school Lawn. For more information on Shoshone and the desert wetlands - http://mojaveproject.org/dispatches-item/reimagining-the-amargosa/
Salt Creek: An important riparian and wetland area; a short walk took us to the wetland where we saw Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and heard Common Yellowthroat, and Marsh Wren. (photo - getting ready to head out on the trail)