More Arizona Illustrated Nature and Environment Stories

Desert Blooms

Spring of 2019 will go down as one of the best years for Arizona wildflowers in decades, thanks to abundant fall and winter rain in the desert.

The Bug Man

Retired University of Arizona professor shares his passion for insects.

Desert Meadows Park

The Green Valley Gardeners rolled up their sleeves and planted a seed to beautify their community.

Common Ground - The Native Grasslands of Arizona

The desert grasslands of southern Arizona are rapidly declining and are some of the most threatened natural habitats in the country.

Working for Water

Water is rare in the desert but some residents in southern Arizona are working on ways to make it more common in Tucson's washes and rivers.

Monsoon Mushrooms

Tucson has a growing mushroom community and some of its fans say Mt. Lemmon has a huge variety of species, some of which can be harvested for consumption.

Restoring Peppersauce Cave

A group of cavers have taken on the task of restoring Peppersauce Cave to its natural beauty.

Growing Home

A large urban lot and irrigation water from Salt River Project have allowed Randy McCabe to transform his home with a growing number of species such as bananas, mangoes, plumerias, golden rain trees, and others.

Elegant Trogon

The Elegant Trogon is a brilliant bird that is usually associated with exotic locations in Mexico and Central America, but a population in southeast Arizona is attracting many admirers.

The Paton Center

What used to be a private home in Patagonia is now a popular destination to people from all over the United States and other countries.

Harbingers of Summer

What are cicadas’ purpose in life and how do they make that loud buzzing sound?

Fig-Eater Beetle

The bright, metallic-green fig-eater beetle is one of Tucson's most conspicuous insects.

Arizona Summer Poppy

The Arizona summer poppy is not really a poppy, but it’s a welcome treat for those who are looking for color during our hot and humid monsoon.

Gila Topminnow

A recent rediscovery of the endangered Gila topminnow in the Santa Cruz river south of Tucson has excited scientists.

Mount Graham Red Squirrel

With fewer than 300 of its kind remaining, the Mount Graham red squirrel is one of the rarest animals in all of North America.

Ode to Tumamoc Hill

An ode to the unique sites, sounds and people of Tumamoc Hill.

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