Javelina of the San Pedro River

Javelina

If you live in Southern Arizona, you probably have seen javelina from time to time, but you may not know much about them. This eductional video explores the javelina and their habitat along the San Pedro River, clearing up misconceptions along the way. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is … Continue reading

Beaver Scenes from the San Pedro River

Video thumbnail for vimeo video Beaver in the Fog

Watch beaver in their habitat on the San Pedro River. 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 value of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA). Please visit the site at: … Continue reading

Birds of the San Pedro River Region

Hummingbird nest

Take a tour of the San Pedro River and find out why there are so many species of birds here, many of which are identified for you. Here on the San Pedro you might see the Grey Hawk or Green Kingfisher, usually a resident further south in Mexico. This video … Continue reading

Packrats, Snakes and Bugs; Oh My!

packrat

In the wild, packrats make their dens (called middens) hidden in thick clumps of cacti or in tight rocky crevices where only snakes can reach them. This is why some leggy lizards evolved into legless lizards called “snakes”. Under these hunting conditions, legs would be an impediment. In our yard, … Continue reading

Kissing Bugs Can Be Deadly!

Kissing Bug

The Kissing bug, aka: Conenose bug or Mexican Bedbug is a member of the Triatoma species, whatever that is. The important point is that they are blood suckers and sneak under your pillow at night and wait for you to fall asleep. They then creep up on your lips, anesthetize … Continue reading

Thar Be Collared Peccaries In My Yard!

Collared-Peccary-Mother-Child

They look like hairy pigs, but aren’t. The Spanish, who were the first Europeans to settle in Southern Arizona, called them “javelina” meaning javelin or spear. When you see the skull of a collared peccary, you immediately know why. Those tusks are impressive. Typically they weigh 35 to 45 pounds, but some males beef up […]

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The New Desert Museum Aquarium

Boy Watching Seahorses

On a clear Sunday morning in early February, Neighbor Roy, Ms. Karen, & I arrived at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for our 2nd Behind The Scenes tour, this time of the new Warden Aquarium. Lacey was our guide for our group of 8, including two little boys who looked to be about 4 and 6 […]

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Living With Coyotes

Coyote

Arizona Game & Fish Department estimates that about 200,000 coyotes live in Arizona. They are equally at home in the wild, in our cities and in the suburbs; anywhere they can snatch a meal.

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