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Field Notes: Gila Monsters

Gila Monsters can be elusive, but occasionally they turn up in strange places.

50 Years of Tucson Orchids

The Tucson Orchid Society has been helping members learn about these colorful plants since 1972.

Field Notes: Tent Caterpillars

The mystery of the strange, webby sacks hanging from trees in the Santa Catalinas.

Sweetwater Wetlands

The Sweetwater Wetlands is a public park, birding hotspot - and part of Tucson’s reclaimed water system.

Water Harvester: An Invitation to Abundance

How Tucson resident Brad Lancaster transformed his neighborhood by experimenting with water harvesting.

Yuma Farmers Assess Water Usage Amid Drought

What are regional lettuce producers doing to make lettuce farming more sustainable, and what is the future of this water-intensive crop that depends on the Colorado River?

Stories in the Sand

Exploring thousands of years of natural history in one of the most remote places in North America.

Longfin Dace

For the first time in 110 years, the longfin dace will swim in the waters of downtown Tucson.

Sabino Dam

Sabino Dam is an accessible oasis about a mile from the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, a wonderful Tucson gem.

Invasive Species: Arundo

Follow volunteers from Watershed Management Group as they attempt to remove Arundo donax (giant reed) from Tanque Verde Creek in east Tucson.

For the Birds

During the pandemic, Bisbee resident Ken Lamberton discovered a new passion when he began photographing the birds on his property. (6:23)

Agua Caliente Park

A green oasis in Pima County east of Tucson city limits, attracting birders, history buffs and a variety of other visitors. (5:04)

Plants for the Southwest

You can find hidden gems all over Tucson and Plants for the Southwest is one of those special places. (8:20)

Wings Over Willcox

The annual festival attracts people from around the world to southeastern Arizona to see thousands of sandhill cranes. (5:28)

Essays from the Borderlands

Explore collaborative research and reciprocal learning with the Southwest Field Studies in Writing program.

An Arizona Sunset from Gates Pass

Arizona sunsets are so iconic that they inspired the design on the state flag. One of the most popular spots to catch one in Southern Arizona is Gates Pass.

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