Big Bird Lives At The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch!

Male Ostrich

I imagine that anyone who lives in Tucson, Arizona has passed by the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch along I-10, at Picacho Peak many times. And I imagine that most Tucsonans have, as they passed by doing 85, thought to themselves that some day they would stop in and see what … Continue reading

Oro Valley Farmers Market: Farm Fresh History!

Oro Valley Farmers Market at Steam Pump Ranch

Not long ago, Oro Valley Farmers Market moved to historic Steam Pump Ranch on North Oracle Road. The ranch was started in 1874 by German immigrants George Pusch and Johann Zellweger. In order to make the ranch viable, they needed a lot of water.  So the partners purchased a steam … 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

Cottonwoods: The Largest Trees in Arizona

Video thumbnail for vimeo video Cottonw

Cottonwoods are the largest trees in Arizona. This video, explaining the cottonwood at length is part of an educational series, by the Friends of the San Pedro River. Learn more about how the cottonwood contributes to the ecosystem and protects the San Pedro Riparian Area in this video. Mike Foster, … Continue reading

Ms. Karen’s Magic Gardens: A Slideshow!

Fairie Duster

March 2014. When we moved to Tucson back at the turn of the century, we purchased a fine house but not much landscaping. Once moved in, Ms. Karen immediately began to rectify that problem. We now have 3 patios & 5 amazing gardens, including her world-class rose garden, and somewhat … Continue reading

Coronado National Memorial: A Video

Coronado National Memorial

In this video, Mike Foster talks about the Coronado National Memorial and the Coronado Expedition for which this memorial is named. This is a great Day Trip for a warm day. Bring a picnic for the top of Montezuma Pass at 6500 ft. elevation. Explore the cave on the property. … Continue reading

How’d that Snake Get in my House!?

Sonoran Gopher Snake

This is part of our series: “Things they never tell you before you move to Arizona”  -kr How might a snake get into your house? Hint: check your dryer vent. Here’s the back story and the fix. One hot summer day, I was out in my rose garden and watched … Continue reading

A Fate Worse Than Death: How Pennington Street Got Its Name!

Larcena Ann Pennington

How did Pennington Street in Downtown Tucson get its name? (a) Could it be named for some 19th century politician and merchant like Estevan Ochoa, who established a successful business supplying Indian reservations and U.S. Army forts northeast of Tucson? He served as mayor (1875-76) and has a downtown street … Continue reading