Nature News

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!

 

Locoweed

Locoweed

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…

Bewick’s Wren

Bewick’s Wren

Are you hearing a thin, rising buzz followed by a slow trill with an overall descending pitch in your yard or while taking a forested walk?…

Wandering Through The Forest

Wandering Through The Forest

Wandering through the forest one day, my attention was drawn to a small Ponderosa snag. I have always been attracted to dead trees….

Ruddy Ducks

Ruddy Ducks

Ruddy Ducks are found throughout North America and can be seen in large numbers on our local lakes in the Central Arizona Highlands…

Earthworms Improve Our Soils

Earthworms Improve Our Soils

The ground beneath our feet is one of the most important parts of the forest, alive with billions of diverse organisms vital to forest health…

Fall Butterfly Fuel

Fall Butterfly Fuel

Where do butterflies find fuel to support them in their migrations or to over-winter in place? Late season flowering plants rich in nectar…

Fall Leaves are Full of Color

Fall Leaves are Full of Color

As the days get shorter and cooler, the nights become longer, and deciduous trees and shrubs put on an autumn show with leaves….

Fire Returns To The Landscape

Fire Returns To The Landscape

The Highlands Center participated in a prescribed burn demonstration by the Prescott National Forest Service (PNF) on Saturday October 28th….