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Reintroducing Desert Bighorn Sheep To The Santa Catalina Mountains   4 comments

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Desert bighorn sheep had been documented in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson for over a hundred years before disappearing in the late 1990’s. Now the Desert Bighorn Sheep Society is working with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to reintroduce the bighorn sheep in a multi-year project. Thirty bighorn sheep were released November 18, 2013 in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness area of the Santa Catalina Mountains; an additional 30 next year, and 30 more the following year. As part of the restoration process, each sheep has been fitted with a GPS satellite collar for monitoring. 

One of our Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist, Bill Kaufman, was invited to be at the release this past Monday and graciously provided the photos in this posting.

Click here to listen to an NPR story done on Monday’s release.


Hiking Pima Canyon, October, 2012   14 comments

Hiking Pima Canyon, October, 2012 — Images by kenne

The SCVN hiking group hiked Pima Canyon last week. This is a beautiful canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains and provides for a moderate hike up to several dams. This time of year the conditions are very dry, even more so this year.

The trail head is in the western Catalina Foothills near Pusch Ridge. The canyon is a desert riparian habitat, which also makes it good for birdwatching.

There are several Hohokam  grinding (mortar) holes located near the stream that probably flowed more freely hundreds of years ago when the Hohokam Indians were common to the Sonoran Desert. The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists share information and show children grinding holes in their program, “Back To The Past.” The gallery of photos below contain some images of grinding holes — click on any of the thumbnails for a larger view of the Pima Canyon images.


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