More Arizona Illustrated Nature and Environment Stories

For the Birds

During the pandemic, Bisbee resident Ken Lamberton discovered a new passion when he began photographing the birds on his property. (6:23)

Agua Caliente Park

A green oasis in Pima County east of Tucson city limits, attracting birders, history buffs and a variety of other visitors. (5:04)

Plants for the Southwest

You can find hidden gems all over Tucson and Plants for the Southwest is one of those special places. (8:20)

Wings Over Willcox

The annual festival attracts people from around the world to southeastern Arizona to see thousands of sandhill cranes. (5:28)

Essays from the Borderlands

Explore collaborative research and reciprocal learning with the Southwest Field Studies in Writing program.

An Arizona Sunset from Gates Pass

Arizona sunsets are so iconic that they inspired the design on the state flag. One of the most popular spots to catch one in Southern Arizona is Gates Pass.

Rescuing Cacti

The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society has one mission-- to save and protect cacti and other succulents.


Cue music! A catchy dance! And overalls! We're taking you into the world of composting-- through viral TikToks and community-centered programs.

The Wormhole

Inside the fascinating lives of worms and two men who share a passion for the wiggly creature.

The King of Sting

Dr. Justin Schmidt is a renowned entomologist, author and the man responsible for the “Schmidt Pain Scale for Stinging Insects."


Grief and anxiety caused by the disconnection to the natural world. (8:10)

Butterfly Explosion

Visit Tanque Verde with two of Tucson’s most enthusiastic entomologists to search for different butterflies.

An Unequivocal Truth

Climate change is personal to Arizona residents, and few know this better than UA climate scientist, Jessica Tierney.

Clara Lee's Cats

Clara Lee Arnold feels connected to cats in a deep way and has dedicated her life to helping them. Join her as she attempts to make Tucson a better place, one cat at a time.

An Unnatural River

Treated effluent and recycled water flowing into the lower Santa Cruz River fosters abundant native vegetation and wildlife, and brings recreational and economic opportunities.


The University of Arizona Herbarium is a research collection of over 425,000 dried plant specimens, with emphasis on the plants of the Sonoran Desert region.

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