As the sun rose I took a walk up the dunes to look for tracks and signs of insects and critters. I increased the contrast in the photos below so the tracks would show up better. I believe the ones below are tracks of doves since there were a great many of them in the area.
Next is a borrow and thrown mound of a Giant Scorpion (Vaejovidae smeringurus mesaensis). Along a small wash I found a lot of them set up like condos with a river view. Here is a close up of one. The unstable sand requires them to reexcavate frequently.
This may be it's trail.
Below is another interesting track. If anyone knows what these are please leave a comment and let me know.
Here is a nest I found in a Cholla Cactus (Opuntia imbricata). I believe it was made by a Cactus Wren.
The area remained a favorable environment for Native people until the 1880s, when the Texas and Pacific Railroad selected Monahans as a water stop between the Pecos River and the town of Big Spring, where my family lived for a short while. In the late 1920s, oil production began in the area, now commonly known as the Permian Basin.