The Monsoons

The Monsoons It’s hot! No, that’s an understatement. The Sonoran Desert is a damn inferno. For some time, temperatures have regularly been reaching an excess of 110 degrees F. After tolerating these dry, scorching temperatures for long enough, residents of Southern Arizona are finally granted some relief. Welcome to monsoon season! Throughout much of the…

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Bobcat in the Brush

Bobcat in the Brush The most widespread of all North American wildcats, bobcats can be found across most of the continent in an array of habitats ranging from swamps and prairies, to desert, dense forest, and mountains. Extremely adapatable, they waste no time adjusting to habitat alterations and will prey on reptiles, any manageable mammal,…

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Reptile Season

Reptile Season It’s warming up quickly in the valley! The heat means many things for Tucson residents: swimming, cranking up the a/c, daytime activity limitations and, most importantly, reptiles! Over the last few weeks, rattlesnakes (primarily western diamondbacks) have been popping up all over the place. After emerging from such a chilly winter slumber, they…

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Madera Canyon: Birds and Coatis

Madera Canyon: Birds and Coatis One of the most ecologically-diverse regions in North America, Southern Arizona boasts more species of many life forms than anywhere else, north of Mexico. Among them are bees, rattlesnakes and, you guessed it, hummingbirds. Southern Arizona has a unique array of habitats that range from sandy/rocky deserts, to wetlands, alpine…

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Coyote Country

Coyotes are incredible creatures. Like wolves, they form tightly-knit family groups or “packs,” sometimes hunting cooperatively to take down larger or more difficult prey. They eat a wide variety of food items, from rabbit (which seem to be the favored entree), to reptiles, birds, eggs, plants, berries and, when they’re desperate, even the occasional roadkill…

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Introducing Tucson

Introducing TucsonThe Desert and Her Inhabitants By Ian Adrian | January 9, 2019 Bathed in the light of the golden hour. In the heart of the American Southwest lies a city that, since it’s 1860 founding (although it’s original inhabitants can be traced as far back as 10,000 BC), has grown from a small town…

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Eagles Hunting in the Susquehanna

Eagles Hunting in the Susquehanna By Ian Adrian | November 20, 2018 An eagle goes for the kill.      Conowingo Dam, located in Hartford County, Maryland, is nationally famous for the large number of eagles which congregate to take advantage of fantastic hunting opportunities.  Beginning in late-autumn, and extending through December (and sometimes January),…

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Fishing Herons

Last Sunday, I opted to spend the day at Wildwood Lake, in search of green herons. This heavily-trafficked nature park is just north of Harrisburg, PA. Green herons are extremely entertaining water birds. They employ several different hunting strategies which include spearing fish from a perch, stalking the shallows for frogs and minnows and, on a few occasions, they’ve even been documented using live bait (such as tiny insects) to lure fish in.

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