Arizona Illustrated - Science and Nature

Common Ground - The Native Grasslands of Arizona

Nov 20, 2018 The desert grasslands of southern Arizona are rapidly declining and are some of the most threatened natural habitats in the country.

Working for Water

Oct 22, 2018 Water is rare in the desert but some residents in southern Arizona are working on ways to make it more common in Tucson's washes and rivers.

Drawn to Science

Oct 8, 2018 Tucson scientist and artist Nathalie Aall has combined two of her favorite interests into an unusual career.

Monsoon Mushrooms

Oct 1, 2018 Tucson has a growing mushroom community and some of its fans say Mt. Lemmon has a huge variety of species, some of which can be harvested for consumption.

Restoring Peppersauce Cave

Sep 10, 2018 A group of cavers have taken on the task of restoring Peppersauce Cave to its natural beauty.

Growing Home

Jul 30, 2018 A large urban lot and irrigation water from Salt River Project have allowed Randy McCabe to transform his home with a growing number of species such as bananas, mangoes, plumerias, golden rain trees, and others.

Rock Shop

Jul 20, 2018 Tucson hosts the world’s largest gem and mineral show in February, but one store on the westside that keeps the tradition going 365 days a year.

Elegant Trogon

Jun 26, 2018 The Elegant Trogon is a brilliant bird that is usually associated with exotic locations in Mexico and Central America, but a population in southeast Arizona is attracting many admirers.

The Paton Center

Oct 10, 2017 What used to be a private home in Patagonia is now a popular destination to people from all over the United States and other countries.

Racing the Sun

Sep 8, 2017 More than 100 students from 12 schools take part in a annual solar-powered go-kart race sponsored by the University of Arizona's Tech Parks Arizona.

The Smell of Rain

Aug 31, 2017 The monsoon brings much needed rain to southern Arizona. For one member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the rains are a sacred connection to the land and her ancestors.

Harbingers of Summer

Aug 31, 2017 What are cicadas’ purpose in life and how do they make that loud buzzing sound?

Fig-Eater Beetle

Aug 31, 2017 The bright, metallic-green fig-eater beetle is one of Tucson's most conspicuous insects.

Arizona Summer Poppy

Aug 31, 2017 The Arizona summer poppy is not really a poppy, but it’s a welcome treat for those who are looking for color during our hot and humid monsoon.

Mount Graham Red Squirrel

Jul 11, 2017 With fewer than 300 of its kind remaining, the Mount Graham red squirrel is one of the rarest animals in all of North America.

Gila Topminnow

Jul 11, 2017 A recent rediscovery of the endangered Gila topminnow in the Santa Cruz river south of Tucson has excited scientists.

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