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Observations in Nature: Palo Verde by John Leeper

  In 1954, the Arizona state legislature designated palo verde as the state tree. Back then, palo verde trees were in the genus Cercidium. The genus was later revised to Parkinsonia...

Observations in Nature: Brittle Bush

by John R. Leeper Imagine a plant, native to the deserts of the Southwest, that humans have found uses ranging from religion to dental hygiene. The brittle bush deserves recognition for...

Parashant National Monument

by Rob Samuelsen of BackcountryExpressions.com The U.S. Department of the Interior is conducting a review of certain National Monuments designated or expanded since 1996 under the...

Havoc Ridge

Havoc Ridge by Rob Samuelson Every time I fly from Tucson, I’m captivated by the overflights of the Rincon Mountains.  It seems the Rincons are in the flight path of almost every inbound...

Protecting Your Trees From The Cold

by Elizabeth Smith Now is the time to prepare for colder weather in your garden. Many trees (and plants too) will benefit from protection but rather than creating an exhaustive list of all...

Observations in Nature: Sacken’s Velvet Ant by John...

    While pausing to observe a colony of industrious leafcutter ants beneath a creosote bush my attention was drawn to what first appeared to be two hairy creosote bush seed pods...

Pistol Hill – The Greater Vail Area Chamber of...

Mark Flint (left), the Arizona Trail Regional Steward for passages 7 – 9-B  and Dennis Fischer (right) with the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce and Steward of trail segment 8-C are...

Start your Fall Garden Now

Start Your Fall Garden Now By Elizabeth Smith Right now is the perfect time to do some planting for your fall garden. We should see mild and cool weather conditions starting in mid to late...

Staying Safe in a Scorching Summer

This year already has seen some of the hottest days in Tucson history. Tragically, the intense heat has claimed the lives of hikers unprepared for the local climes. To stay safe, it’s...

Cienega Students Study Mercury Eclipse

In August 2017 there will be a total solar eclipse. It is an incredible and rare event that scientists all over the world will be following closely. In conjunction with The National Solar...