More Arizona Illustrated Nature and Environment Stories

Sonoran Desert Toad Psychedelics

The Sonoran Desert Toad is endemic to the Sonoran Desert. Once plentiful in the region, the herpetological community is worried that it could now be overly exploited for the psychedelic substance it produces.

Beaver River

Tag along on recent efforts to reintroduce beavers to the San Pedro River in Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora.

Field Notes: Flowers

David Fenster visits Picacho Peak State Park to see this year’s superbloom. But he didn’t always like flowers.

Falconry Hunt

Falconry is an ancient sport that is practiced around the world. Four licensed falconers in Tucson started Sky Island Falconry Experience to share their love of hunting with birds of prey with the public.

Desert Plants: Baja Fairy Duster

Colorful, drought-tolerant and good for pollinators.

Desert Plants: Creosote

It has one of the most recognizable smells in the desert, it attracts dozens of different types of bees, and it might have been eaten by native camels thousands of years ago.

Anthropocene Who?

Meet Nika Kaiser and Erica Prather, two artists whose work is centered around issues relating to climate change and extinction.

Field Notes: Carrion Flower

Meet one of the stinkiest flowers on earth!

Desert Plants: Organ Pipe

The organ pipe cactus is native to Mexico and the United States where many can be found in their namesake national monument in western Pima County, Arizona.

Reclaimed Water

Ever wonder how sewage gets turned into clean water? Here is a behind the scenes peek at Tucson Water’s reclaimed water system and what that process looks like

Field Notes: Fungi

Arizona Illustrated producer David Fenster looks back on a 15 year love affair with mushrooms and shares excerpts from the many films he’s made on the subject.

Back to Nature

When a golf course closed in Oro Valley, residents fought to make it a nature preserve—so the wildlife could thrive.

The Masked Bobwhite

Join Hannah Pierce as she walks us through what it takes to save a species from extinction.

Desert Plants: Ironwood

The tree known in the U.S./Mexico borderlands as desert ironwood or palo fierro is one of many woody legumes found in washes and hillside drainages in the Sonoran Desert.

Lunar Tracker

Every year Weaver Younghands creates lunar trackers, beautiful planning tools, similar to calendars, that are rooted in desert ecology and organized by moon cycles.

Arizona Wines: The Edge of What’s Possible

Arizona isn’t your typical wine grape-growing region, and viticulture here sits right on the edge of what’s possible.

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