Forgotten Pollinators

DESPITE THE RECENT snows, spring will soon be here.  With the arrival of spring, the plants will be waking from a winter’s sleep ready to bloom and reproduce.  Of course, being plants they will need a bit of help with pollination. With the advent of spring, bees and...

Look Closely! There is much to see.

WE WHO LIVE  in the Arizona Central Highlands are fortunate to experience the varied seasons of the year and the many changes that they bring to the native plants and animals of this unique ecoregion.Winter is the season during which the Highlands receive a large...

Autumn Splendor

During the spring and summer the leaves are normally green due to the presence of a pigment called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll serves a vital function: it captures the solar rays and uses the heat energy to produce the plants food, by transforming carbon dioxide and...

Locoweed

Locoweed at the Highlands Center Now that spring has officially arrived, enjoy the colorful displays of spring and summer wild flowers alongside the trails at the Highlands Center. One of the first to bloom is Milk Vetch, commonly called Locoweed. There are several...

Bewick’s Wren

Bewick’s Wren Are you hearing a thin, rising buzz followed by a slow trill with an overall descending pitch in your yard or while taking a forested walk? Look for a small, grayish brown bird creeping through the brush while poking it’s long, slender bill into bark...

Wandering Through The Forest

Wandering through the forest one day, my attention was drawn to a small ponderosa snag. I have always been attracted to dead trees. They seem to possess a certain resilience that demands admiration. As I moved closer to get a better view, I began to reflect on the...