Mining Patagonia, an Environmental Impact Video

Circle Z Ranch, Patagonia AZ In this video, residents of Patagonia, AZ express their concerns about proposed mines in the Patagonia Mountains. We think they have good reasons for concern. If the Patagonia Mountains are mined, life in this largely rural community will be changed dramatically, and not for the better. Mining operations will destroy … Continue reading

Summer on the San Pedro River

Summer on the San Pedro

This is a charming video portraying a high school graduate’s summer spent exploring the San Pedro Riparian and Conservation Area. If you don’t know what the SPRNCA has to offer watch this video. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro … 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

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

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

Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert

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Take a walk with a docent at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. For those of you who are not familiar with the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, it is well worth the trip. The Arboretum, part of the State Park system is much like the Desert Museum, only with more water, lush plant … Continue reading

The Creosote or Greasewood: Good for What Ails You!

Creosote Bush

On a trip to Sonora Mexico Kim Stone a horticulturist from Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona learns about the ways greasewood or creosote bush is utilized as a remedy and why it is called greasewood. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the … Continue reading

Reintroducing the Beaver to the San Pedro River

Reintroduction of the Beaver

After a 100 year absence from the San Pedro River of Southeastern Arizona the American Beaver is reintroduced. This video explores the history of the area and how pioneer, mining, military and ranching activities lead to the demise of the beaver presence in the San Pedro River. A thorough investigation … Continue reading