The Mighty Oak

Found in all temperate parts of the world, the oak tree has a history with humankind. Many old oaks, especially in the Old World, grew to impressive size, well-deserving of the term mighty.  It was revered in the ancient British Isles as a sacred tree and was...

Javelina Haunts

As fall segues into winter, we who are fortunate enough to live in the Central Highlands of Arizona will begin to see more of some of our iconic animal neighbors.  This can be positive, negative, or both, depending on our perspective.  If we have chosen to live here,...

Getting to Know Gophers

Nobody likes gophers, right?  We do everything we can to get rid of them, even KILL (gasp!).  But wait a minute.  Every plant and animal has its proper place and its proper purpose, so maybe we need to learn the proper place and purpose of the gopher.  Not sure what a...

The Yucca and the Moth

This is the story of an unusual relationship between two very different types of organisms.  In the natural world this is called symbiosis or mutualism.  It is a relationship that benefits both species, but harms neither.  This kind of relationship actually can be...

Snake!

Snakes are one of nature’s most misunderstood creatures.  Over the centuries they have been alternately revered and feared by many cultures.  Much of this fear is unreasoned and misplaced. It often comes from a place of misinformation. Here in Arizona, we are likely...

Bluebirds: A Conservation Story

  The Bluebird Before you thought of spring,Except as a surmise,You see, God bless his suddenness,A fellow in the skiesOf independent hues,A little weather-wornInspiriting habilimentsOf indigo and brown.With specimens of song,As if for you to choose,Discretion in the...