Category Archives: Wildlife

Mega-rarities at the Wetlands!

Thank you Tucson Audubon for sharing the news – Trumpeter Swans have been spotted in the western recharge pond at Sweetwater Wetlands. What a treat! I’m hoping they will still be there in the morning… Trumpeter Swans, near Yellowstone National … Continue reading

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Where the Water Goes, Birds Follow

An article in today’s Arizona Daily Star highlighted how the overflow from our plentiful rains during last summer’s monsoon season created an unplanned oasis in a former gravel pit. The pit, owned by the town of Marana, had been used … Continue reading

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Birds Sensing Weather?

An intriguing article by National Geographic in which researchers discovered that Golden-winged Warblers may have anticipated and avoided a powerful and damaging thunderstorm this past April. Obviously, more study is needed but what an interesting proposition! Yellow-rumped Warbler, Sweetwater Wetlands, … Continue reading

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The Audubon Magazine website features a fascinating article and video analyzing the bug-like flight abilities of hummingbirds. Definitely worth a look.

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Doppler Radar Cranes

A couple weeks back the US National Weather Service Tucson Arizona caught my attention with this information: “We noticed something really neat this morning (and the past several mornings as well) using our doppler radar. Right at sunrise, there were … Continue reading

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It’s That Time of Year

While out picking up trash at the Wetlands yesterday came across this: Not going to mess with that! We’ll grab that plastic bag from the bush next time…

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Babies at the Wetlands

On the morning of the 18th we dropped in at the Wetlands for a stroll before the day heated up. Other than a passel of lizards things were pretty quiet. We were attracted to one of the recharge basins by … Continue reading

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Active Wildlife at the Wetlands

There’s all kinds of activity at the Wetlands these days: from nesting birds to feeding rats to mating lizards to hunting snakes. There’s plenty to see. We tend to swing by in the late afternoon when it’s a bit cooler … Continue reading

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Let Migration Begin…

The season is upon us. Though it may be too hot to imagine Fall down here migrant birds are already swooping through Tucson on their way south for the winter. Lucky for us the Wetlands are a pleasant stopover point … Continue reading

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Visiting Just Got a Little Bit Easier

Yes, the I-10/Prince Road overpass construction continues so we still have to approach the Wetlands from the north. However, the Frontage Road, south of El Camino del Cerro has re-opened which makes it a bit easier. Make your way to … Continue reading

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