Life in the desert is a struggle for survival, but some species adapt quite well.
Here is the sage lizard. See how it blends into the environment, hiding out beneath the junipers? Its predators are hawks, snakes, and perhaps coyotes.
This lizard is very quick. When startled it usually darts into the shade, where it is harder to see. Sometimes it will freeze, which is fortunate because it's the only chance we have to get a photo.
This little bird seemed to have a nest nearby and didn't flit away instantly as its kind usually does. I think it's some variety of flycatcher. We see them in the tops of the juniper trees. They probably eat the juniper berries and use the tree branches for shelter and nesting.
I believe this is a lark sparrow. We saw two of them hopping along in the sand. This one stopped on an ant hill and pecked up a few of the tasty (I assume) insects.