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...

Wind Wonders

Spring is often regarded as a wonderful time of year.  Birds are returning from their winter migrations, perennial plants are starting to grow and bud and from these buds, a few hardy flowers start to bloom.  Rain is also associated with spring, filling our creeks and...

Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers belong to a large and varied family of birds known as Picidae. The family is divided into subfamilies and those subfamilies are divided into tribes. The Melanerpini tribe is a group native to the Mogollon Highlands and includes Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes...

Pondering the Ponderosa Pine

One of the iconic species of our Mogollon Highlands forest home is the Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa). This impressive tree is mostly found at elevations over 5,000 feet and can grow to 150 feet tall and 4 feet in diameter! Young trees, sometimes called “black...

Water

We, and all the other animals and plants that make the Mogollon Highlands their home are dependent upon the presence of water. Water is so integral that without it there would be no life.  It was in the warm salty oceans of our planet that life first came into...