A Cooper’s Hawk Pays A Visit

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 2014-15 Tucson Attractions Passports

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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

Pima County Website

The Pima County website is a perfect resource for many things Free or Nearly so. Here is a link to the recreational pages where you will find hundreds of things to do for the whole family. http://webcms.pima.gov/recreation/ … Continue reading

Natural Way to Discourage Ants

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It’s summer and that means ants. But how to control them? Forget the expensive sprays to get rid of ants that are ruining your backyard serenity. Mix a concoction of half Borax, half sugar and pore it on the path. The ants will eat it, not knowing the difference and … Continue reading

There’s a Bee Swarm in my Yard!

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OR.. “WHAT THE H… IS THAT?” This is a bee swarm. As best I can tell it is an Africanized bee swarm. (They just don’t Look like honey bees.) We were on our way to Tombstone for their “Tombstone at Twilight”, which happens most 4th Saturday’s of the month. Pulling … Continue reading