Raven Ramblings

A CLOSE encounter with a low-flying raven is an incredible privilege. Hearing the ‘WHOOSH’ of its powerful wings, the distinct cawing broadcasted from tree tops, and the quiet chirping of the raven on its nest certainly leaves one in awe of these large, black...

Manzanita Musings

THE SNOWS OF WINTER melt away into warmer but windier days and we find that spring is now upon us and plants are re-emerging from their winter dormancy. Trees burst into flower, scattering pollen like crazy in the strong April winds, and shrubs produce new leaves and...

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...