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: Caddisflys

Fresh Air Moments: Caddisflys

All macroinvertebrates are exciting to find, but caddisflys, if you have never seen them, are some of the coolest! These insect larvae form cases, using silk and debris from their environment to protect their abdomens. Check out this caddisfly, found in a Central...

Fresh Air Moments: Turbidity

Fresh Air Moments: Turbidity

Light plays an important role in freshwater ecosystems. Turbidity, the measure of depth that light can penetrate a given body of water, is something scientists measure when studying water quality.

Fresh Air Moments: Density of Ice

Fresh Air Moments: Density of Ice

Water has a low density in its solid form, ice, which isn't true for all compounds occuring in the natural world. Watch the video below to learn how the properties of water when it freezes has shaped our landscapes and life as we know it!

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