Arizona's Lovebirds

Arizona’s Love Birds, Gambel Quail, mate for life, except when a  unhappy female leaves her brood of up to 16 chicks and heads for a mate in another covey. We usually see the parents leading a single-file convoy of tiny puffs  across a busy roadway. The miracle is that they all make it to the  other side!

P.S.  This painting, owned by a member of Arizona Press Women, was selected as the logo of the National Federation of Press Women’s Conference at the Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Az.  Of course I said yes! when they asked to use the image.  Then, how easy it was to identify conference attendees!  They were all carrying bright orange bags with the quail logo.