How Paton’s Birder Haven Became World Famous

Violet Crowned Hummingbird.

Like many “Big Deals”, this one started with a “Little Deal”. In this case, the little deal was a flying jewel about 10 cm long and weighed in at about 5 grams. It had feathers, of course. A white underbelly, red beak, and sported a violet crown. It was also … Continue reading

Hiking Brown Canyon at the Foot of Baboquivari

Baboquivari Peak

In early December, Ms. Rosemary and I, Ms. Karen, made reservations for the Arch Hike in Brown Canyon. Brown Canyon is located on the east side of the Baboquivari Mountains, sacred to the Tohono O’odham. The canyon is only open by reservation from November – April in order to preserve … Continue reading

Sweet Birding At Sweetwater Wetlands

Bridge Sweetwater Wetlands

Last week Ms. Rosemary and I, Ms. Karen headed off to Sweetwater Wetlands, west of I-10 to see if we could spot some birds. Our docent Saturday was a volunteer from Pima County Recreation. It was most helpful to have a guide to help find these critters. With the help of … Continue reading

Historic Southern Arizona Ranches You Should Visit

San Rafael Ranch

If you enjoy time-traveling as much as we do, we suggest you visit some of Southern Arizona’s ranches that have been preserved. They date from our state’s Territorial Period (1863 – 1912). Here are a few of our favorite ranches. Some are owned by the State of Arizona. Some are … Continue reading

Do You Take Your Boat Out on the Water?

The Arizona Game & Fish Department is running a campaign this summer to let everyone know, that if you take your boat out on the water it is law to Drain and Dry your Boat before leaving the site. This is to curtail spread of the Aquatic Invasive Species the … Continue reading

Las Lagunas de Anza Wetlands: A Nogales Treasure

Las Lagunas de Anza

Las Lagunas is a lush Natural Wetlands smack dab off the I-19 Freeway just 8 miles from the Mexican border. Several weeks ago, a fellow by the name of Don Clemans contacted us at Southern Arizona Guide, wanting to know how he could get into the Best Birding Spots in … Continue reading

Exploring the Millville Ruins with the FSPR

Millville Ruins

Ever since Jim and I have been travelling to and from Tombstone I have been curious about the Millville Ruins, stone structures outside of Tombstone about 8 miles. They sit on the side of a hill facing the San Pedro River to the west as it meanders northward. My opportunity to … Continue reading

Exploring the Yucca of the Northern Sierra Madres

Mountain Yucca

In this video Mike Foster explores the variety of Yucca in our area and the Northern Sierra Madres. as well as some of its food uses. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves to educate people about … Continue reading

Mushrooms and the Huachuca Mountains

Mushroom in the Huachucas

Have you visited the Huachuca Mountains lately? This year has been exceptionally wet, spawning Mushrooms in abundance. In this video, Mike Foster talks about the Mushrooms of the Huachucas. Carr House will be open for another month. Go. Sunday September 20, 2015 will feature a talk on the Coronado Expedition … Continue reading