Arizona Coyotes – aka “Prairie Wolf” desert animals

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The most famous desert animal is the coyote.  One could even consider the coyote as a symbol of the West.  Native American legends call the coyote the WISE ONE. Our relatives live in a natural area of the Sonoran Desert with … Continue reading

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The Saguaro National Park

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While traveling Arizona we stopped at Saguaro National Park, in Tucson.  The park is located in the Sonoran Desert. The giant cacti, called Saguaros, are protected and preserved within the park. After a single rainfall, Saguaros can soak up to … Continue reading

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Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion – Largest scorpion in North America

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We have found several bark scorpions in our Arizona yard but this is the first time we found a Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion, Hadrurus arizonensis.  This giant scorpion is the largest scorpion in the United States! Scorpions are related to spiders, ticks, mites, etc… … Continue reading

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Migrating birds fly off course – Brown Pelicans in the desert?

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What a privilege to photograph this noble Brown pelican landing at Lakeside Park in Tucson. An impressive sea bird extending its wings to brake before landing on the water. A number of migratory birds wind up off course due to bad … Continue reading

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The difference between drought tolerant and drought resistant plants?

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Define drought tolerant.  What is a drought resistant plant? Here is the difference between drought tolerant (true desert plant) and drought resistant (originated in semi-arid places). A flower or plant that has naturally evolved to survive periods of drought with little water and … Continue reading

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Diseases of trees – mistletoe growing on a tree – infected Mesquite trees

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Does your tree look like it has a disease?  It is common for Mistletoe to invade a host tree and become a parasite.  Desert mistletoe is a true evergreen plant and is an obligate (binding) parasite on its host. Mistletoe is … Continue reading

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Is the purple Texas Sage edible? Eating a Texas Ranger Plant

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Can you eat purple sage, Texas Sage?  This perennial evergreen shrub with grayish leaves with purple flowers is actually not sage at all. This popular bush goes by the name Silverleaf, Texas Ranger Plant, Thunder Cloud or most commonly Purple Texas Sage. … Continue reading

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