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

The White Desert Evening Primrose

White Evening Primrose

This Evening Primrose, also known as the Tufted Evening primrose because of its growth habit, grows freely throughout the Southwest desert. Its scientific name is Oenothera Caespitose. There are several subspecies, many of which are fairly drought resistant. The White Desert Evening Primrose is a clumping plant, spreading through reseeding, … Continue reading

The Mexican Evening Primrose

Desert Primrose

Love it or Hate it, there are no two ways about it. This plant will take over with very little encouragement. It spreads by its roots underground and soon will become unstoppable. Be careful with this. I planted three rooted stems, and now I cannot get rid of them. They … 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

The Arizona Madrone

Madrone

The Arizona Madrone of the Southern Arizona Sky Island woodlands is related to the Mananita, Its bark, leaves and fruit differ somewhat.

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It’s a Good Time to Visit Tucson Botanical Gardens

Blue Tropical Butterfly

Summer is over, temperatures are cooling down. It’s a good time of year to take a stroll in one of Tucson’s lovely Botanical Gardens, have some lunch at the Cafe´ Botanica, stroll through the gardens taking note of the LEGO exhibits, and visiting the Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion for the … Continue reading

Pointleaf Manzanita of the Sky Islands

Manzanita

The Pointleaf Manzanita is very distinctive due to its red bark. Translated it means “Little Apple”. What the video and you will see why. Manzanita can be found near Windy Point on Mt.Lemmon and in the chaparral of the Huachucas. In this video produced by Mike Foster, Vincent Pinto, biologist, … Continue reading

Are Tarantulas Spiders?

Tarantula

Yes, tarantulas are spiders. In the southwest desert, they are quite large for spiders, up to 3-4 inches and hairy. They belong to a group of arachnids called Theraphosidae. Males can live 12 years. Females can live up to 20 years, if they are not run over by cars. Tarantulas … 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