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Looking for Sonoran Toads in Sabino Canyon   2 comments

Above the Dam-2971 blogThe monsoon rains bring new life to the Sonoran Desert. This past week has experienced some very good rain fall, especially in the mountains. The start of the monsoon season brings out the Sonoran toads, but they breed in water, and even with the recent rains we have had several months of no rain and Sabino Creek remains dry. The above photo was taken this morning, but based on sighting a few miles up the creek, there maybe water flowing over the dam by night fall.

Sonoran Toads-2964 blogDown from the dam, there are few pools of water that Jeanne, Dan and I explored this morning and found some toads. The mating season will last only a few days, so with more rain expected today and tomorrow, and with water coming down the creek, the toads will probably be very active the next couple of days.

— kenne

Images by kenne

 

Capturing The Moment — Desert Tortoise   10 comments

Desert Tortoise In Our Courtyard

Desert Tortoise In Our Courtyard

Most of the time he is underground or under the courtyard ground cover.
Most of the time he is underground or under the courtyard ground cover.

Lately he has been wanted out of the courtyard area.

Lately he has wanted out of the courtyard area.

He is getting bored -- it is mating season.

He is getting bored — it is mating season.

He had made several attempt to get out, that I'm aware of.

He had made several attempt to get out, that I’m aware of.

Often with this result -- not to worry, he can right himself up.

Often with this result — not to worry, he can right himself up.

Life Goes Go — Images by kenne

Desert Tortoise
 
The Desert Tortoise is Dying out,
When I hear about their history I want to cry and shout,
Off-road vehicles are driven through their home,
To look for a new one they have to roam,
Their habitats have been destroyed,
I think the tortoises are sad and annoyed,
Even though the desert looks lifeless,
There are animals out there that are helpless,
If they die others will too,
Because living things are connected like paper and glue,
Everything in this world is linked,
So we need to help them before they’re extinct.

— Lynne Chen
(Lynne is a teenager whose dream job is to be an author and a pediatrician.)

Cub Scouts Observe a Gila Monster On Junior Ranger Nature Walk   1 comment

Gila Monster_20120518_0419 blogGila Monster — Image by kenne

This morning I took a small group of Cub Scouts and parents on a Junior Ranger nature walk in Sabino Canyon. The walk is only a quarter and is designed to increase their knowledge of the desert. Although the gila monster is reasonably common to the Sonoran desert, they spend 90% of their time underground except during the mating season, which is May and June. This morning’s sighting made the scout’s day! (Mine too!)

After completing the walk, the scouts were awarded a Sabino Canyon Junior Ranger certificate.

kenne

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