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Check out the below articles about what is currently going on in nature in the Central Highlands!  For upcoming events, please go to Events or Calendar. You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive news via e-mail!

 

Getting to Know Gophers

Getting to Know Gophers

Nobody likes gophers, right?  We do everything we can to get rid of them, even KILL (gasp!).  But wait a minute.  Every plant and animal has its proper place and its proper purpose, so maybe we need to learn the proper place and purpose of the gopher.  Not sure what a...

The Yucca and the Moth

The Yucca and the Moth

This is the story of an unusual relationship between two very different types of organisms.  In the natural world this is called symbiosis or mutualism.  It is a relationship that benefits both species, but harms neither.  This kind of relationship actually can be...

Snake!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. ...

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