Is That a Donkey or a Mule?

Forever Home Donkey Rescue and Sanctuary

Do you know the difference between a donkey, a mule, a jackass or a burro? A donkey is a species of animal, much like a horse but not a horse. They have distinct DNA. Donkeys are also called, Ass, Jackass (male) or Burro in the Southwest. A Mule is a … Continue reading

Are Tarantulas Spiders?


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

Tohono Chul teams up with Library Partnership

Tohono Chul Purple Blooms

Beginning this fall, 2015, Tohono Chul will be a part of Act One’s Culture Pass program, providing low- and middle-income Pima County Library users with free admission for two people at participating cultural institutions like us! In eight local libraries, library card holders can select the venue of their choice … Continue reading

How did Mt. Lemmon Get Its Name?

Mt. Lemmon

Did you ever wonder how Mr. Lemmon got its name? No, Mt. Lemmon is not named after a tree. It is spelled with two “M”s , not one. Mt. Lemmon is named after botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, wife of another botanist, John Lemmon. In the 1880’s, few white people had … Continue reading

A Cooper’s Hawk Pays A Visit


We occasionally have a feathered killer visit our yard. This Cooper’s Hawk frequents the big mesquite trees and tall eucalyptus tree in the garden areas between our casita and the main residence. He or she is an ambush hunter swooping down on unsuspecting doves & quails that feast below the … Continue reading

Boat Tours at Patagonia Lake State Park

Patagonia Lake Bridge from water

As the weather warms you will appreciate the Boat Tours at Patagonia Lake State Park. Avian Boat Tours of Patagonia Lake are every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 and 10:15 AM Lake Discovery Tours of Patagonia Lake are every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 AM Twilight Tours every Saturday evenings. … Continue reading

Off Road Vehicle Information


Arizona State Parks has good information on exploring Arizona with their OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) program. If you are interested in where you can ride, visit Arizona State Park OHV page. … Continue reading

The Elegant Trogan in Southern Arizona


Many birders come to Southern Arizona just for the prospect of seeing the Elegant Trogan, a bird who colorful appearance resemble birds from more tropical climates. They have a distinctive call and are elusive. However, the males are bright red on the chest which should make it easier to spot. … Continue reading

Texas Ranger after a Monsoon

Texas Ranger

This plant is beautiful after a monsoon rain. The Texas Ranger, Texas Sage or Barometer plant, scientific name, Leucophyllum, is a popular plant in the desert landscape for its bright purple blooms after a rain. Often sheered into perfectly round balls of shrubery, I prefer to let it go wild. … Continue reading

They’re Here! The New 2015-16 Tucson Attractions Passports

Tucson Book of Fun

Step right up and get your Tucson Attractions Passport, aka Book of Fun. This is the most economical way to see the Best Attractions that Southern Arizona has to offer. Before visiting any Southern Arizona attraction, we suggest you first buy a Tucson Attractions Passport for its 2-for-1 admissions and … Continue reading