Wonder Facts!

Have you ever wondered about the natural history and biodiversity of the Central Highlands of Arizona? Want to learn more about topics like geology, astronomy, wildlife, and botany? Check out our bi-weekly feature Wonder Facts! This ecoregion we live in is uniquely diverse and teeming with all sorts of interesting things. Get outside and make some of your own discoveries and share them with us! Happy exploring!  

Fresh Air Moments: Mistletoe

Fresh Air Moments: Mistletoe

Mistletoe is a plant we often don’t think about or even consider decorating our homes with until this time of year, but the Central Highlands are full of it all year long. The most common mistletoe you’ll see here is Phoradendron coryae, Cory’s Mistletoe, that grows...

Fresh Air Moments: Winogradsky Column

Fresh Air Moments: Winogradsky Column

One area of study in aquatic ecology is microbiology. Microorganisms living in and around water systems are foundational and interesting. One of the ways to see evidence of this life is by studying biofilms, substances created by the microbes to live in colonies and...

Fresh Air Moments: Guess the Tree

Fresh Air Moments: Guess the Tree

  For today’s Fresh Air Moment, take a close look at the bark of this tree. Can you guess what type of tree this is? The bark conserves water and protects the tree’s essential living systems from temperature extremes and storms. Bark also transports food and water...

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