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

Living With Coyotes

Coyote

Arizona Game & Fish Department estimates that about 200,000 coyotes live in Arizona. They are equally at home in the wild, in our cities and in the suburbs; anywhere they can snatch a meal.

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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

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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