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

Whitewater Draw Comes Alive; Monsoon Season in Arizona

Whitewater Draw Arizona

The Whitewater Draw comes alive in the monsoon season in Southern Arizona northeast of Bisbee. It is a perfect place to hear the calls of many species of frogs and toads. But you have to be quick and timing is everything. This video by Mike Foster, explains the Monsoons, the … 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

Arthropods of the SPRNCA

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The 23rd Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival in Sierra Vista is rapidly approaching. Registration for an all day adventure field trip closes July 24. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves to educate people about the … Continue reading

ALERT! Desert Museum Cancels Bat Interpretation Programs

Bats Fly From Campbell Street Bridge.

Bat Programs Succumb To Their Own Success! For many years, one of the most popular Desert Museum programs was not held at the Desert Museum. Desert Museum docents conducted bat interpretation programs at two bridges along the Rillito River; one located at River & Campbell and the other at Pantano … Continue reading

Saguaro Fruit Harvest: Learning To Live Off The Sonoran Desert

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Neighbor Roy & I attended an Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Study Program in late June. We learned how to harvest and process saguaro fruit the way the Tohono O’odham have done it for millennia. We learned many other interesting things, like how the O’odham calendar alines with changes in their natural … Continue reading

The Diminishing San Pedro River

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Thankfully this past monsoon season, 2013, was good for Cochise County. Overall, the flow of the San Pedro over the past 100 years is showing a significant downward trend. The question is: How can we protect this vital environment from disappearing like the Santa Cruz River in Tucson. Mike Foster, … Continue reading