Cactus of the Sonoran Desert: The Boojum Tree

Boojum Trees

Headed north to Globe on State Route 77, Yucca and Cardon litter the countryside. A trip from Tucson to Boyce Thompson Arboretum to see the Boojum trees is well worthwhile. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves … Continue reading

Plants of the San Pedro River and the Borderlands

Plants of San Pedro River

Watch this inspiring video describing over 50 desert plants that inhabit the region around the San Pedro River and the borderland hills. Mimi Kamp talks about edible and medicinal plants as well as Desert Tobacco and its use. Did you ever wonder what a live Devil’s Claw looks like before … Continue reading

Edible Cactus of the Southwest

Prickly Pear preparation

For all you foodies out there who are interested in edible native plants of the Southwest, foods and preparation, this video is for you. Among other things, Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves to educate people … Continue reading

Desert Pavement and Desert Varnish

Desert Pavement

Denise Bausch of the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge on the Colorado River in Southwest Arizona near Yuma defines desert pavement and desert varnish and their importance in desert environments. It’s a two hour Drive from Yuma, a bit closer from Blythe, but if you want a true desert environment experience, … Continue reading

Exploring the Caves of Southern Arizona

Colossal Cave Entrance for Adventure Tours

Caving in Southern Arizona comes in two varieties. “Expert-led” tours and “self-guided” tours. The majority of the tours below require a guide. Even the ONYX tour, requires a guide with expert knowledge of the cave.

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The Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

For all you bird watchers out there, spotting the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo is a real treat. This species is threatened in Arizona, endangered in California and disappearing in other parts of North America. In this lecture, a biologist from the Southern Sierra Research Station goes into great depth about this … Continue reading

A List of Bird Watching Festivals and Websites around Tucson

Elegant Trogon

Bird watching is big around Tucson. Southern Arizona boasts the 2nd Largest Bird Species habitat in the world. The Amazon rainforest is #1. With over 230 identified species of birds, Southern Arizona is prime birding country. From Ramsey Canyon, the Hummingbird capital of the world, to cool and beautiful Madera … Continue reading