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...

Animal Encounters

One of the best things about living in the wildland-urban interface of the Central Arizona Highlands is the opportunity for wildlife encounters.  Whether we are hiking the trails or out in the yard, there is always the potential to meet one of our wild neighbors. By...

Autumn Ambience

In the Mogollon highlands of central Arizona, each season displays its own unique character. Fall is no exception: one day we are enjoying the warmth and activities of summer, then suddenly, without warning, it is autumn. The ambience of this season is a subtle...

Hummingbird Happenings

With all this hot weather and no rain, it is hard to believe that fall is less than a month away.  Here in the Mogollon Highlands of Central Arizona we enjoy the variety of definite seasons, and even though fall is coming, the warm days will be with us for a while. ...