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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!

 

The Eagle’s Edge

The Eagle’s Edge

Raptors are the apex predators of the avian community.  Bird nobility, if you will, eclipsing their smaller cousins (and sometimes eating them).  Most raptors are much larger than the average bird and create a thrilling spectacle when we are fortunate enough to...

The Mighty Oak

The Mighty Oak

Found in all temperate parts of the world, the oak tree has a history with humankind. Many old oaks, especially in the Old World, grew to impressive size, well-deserving of the term mighty.  It was revered in the ancient British Isles as a sacred tree and was...

Javelina Haunts

Javelina Haunts

As fall segues into winter, we who are fortunate enough to live in the Central Highlands of Arizona will begin to see more of some of our iconic animal neighbors.  This can be positive, negative, or both, depending on our perspective.  If we have chosen to live here,...

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...

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