Capturing The Moment — Sabino Canyon Beggar   1 comment

Ground Squirrel — Image by kenne

Most of the time it’s not easy to photograph these little ground squirrels, since they move quickly behind desert ground cover. However, on this day when some of the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists were walking back from conducting the “Web of Life” program with 60 3rd graders, this guy was spotted behind a prickly pear cactus near the path. We stopped, not realizing that this must have been a signal for him to come out and greet us. When I reached into my pocket for my point & shot camera, he stood up. This response led us to conclude he thought I was reaching for food, which means this behavior was being reinforced by visitors to the canyon. Not wanting to reinforce the behavior, we moved on.

A short distance on down the trail, we made the mistake of looking back, to see he was still standing there.

“How could we keep going without giving him something?”

But, we didn’t have anything to give him, that is until one of us checked the many pockets in our naturalist vests and found the mesquite bean pod we use when working with the elementary-school kids. So, we walked back and gave him a pod.

Okay, we know this was not good naturalist behavior, but . . .


Ground Squirrel with Mesquite pod. — Image by kenne

One response to “Capturing The Moment — Sabino Canyon Beggar

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  1. Kenne, how I love the desert, especially in the spring when flowers and animals awaken and the ground smells and looks so “delicious”.
    This year I have not been able to hike nor walk in the desert and your photographs are just the thing to bring the deserrt into my home so I can enjoy second hand all of the beauty.

    Thank you so much for sending to me.

    Gloria Mossburg (former MMM hiker).


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