A scene along the Nature Trail at Madera canyon. The water is running in the creek along this easy hike. Photo by Ron Medvescek. Photo taken on 4/18/2001.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a reward of up to $1,250 for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting of a young deer by a poacher in southern Arizona.
Popular Madera Canyon is the latest victim of the federal government’s partial shutdown.
The government shutdown has closed the road into Madera Canyon south of Tucson to hikers and bird-watchers. But birds, including these wild turkeys, are not heeding the closure.
The phrase “if you build it, they will come” apparently didn’t apply to some of the bat houses built in Madera Canyon a decade ago to provide cozy condos for the flying mammals.
Nurturing monsoon rains and a moderate, mile-high climate have brought late-summer wildflowers and lush greenery to the Madera Canyon area south of Tucson.
Summer poppies are misnamed - they're not really in the poppy family but in the same family as the familiar creosote bush. They tend to appear in clumps rather than in vast foral carpets. The ones pictured were found along Gates Pass Road.
Catch a glimpse of a big clump of dazzling summer poppies in the desert and you might think someone had rolled the calendar back to spring.
Some of the worst bridges of Pima County - by almost any measure - can be found on a sleepy road between Green Valley and Madera Canyon.
Grasslands, trees and mountains can be seen from the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. The 57,000-acre area is widely known as a bird-watcher's paradise. Experienced bird-survey volunteers recently collected data in the conservation area.
An Arizona Bell's vireo feeds her babies at her nest. At San Pedro, you're likely to encounter sights like this.
A national conservation area east of Sierra Vista will be rededicated Saturday as a "globally important bird area."
Today’s road condition report from Pima County’s Transportation Department:
An egret gazes out over waters that are flushed red by the setting sun reflecting off a building near the basins of the Kino Environmental Restoration Project on Tucson's south side. Great blue herons have been spotted at the site as well.
Dazzling white egrets and great blue herons have been swooping through the skies and wading in ponds near a south-side sports complex - adding pizazz to the urban bird-watching scene.
"Madera Canyon before the storm" is what Donna Pierce titled this photo, taken in July. "The clouds and the colors were incredible and my Canon EOS was dying to capture the image."
Gerald Kleopfer took this photo of a Harris' hawk on a hiking trail north of the Bear Canyon trailhead in July. "I was out taking landscape photos and the hawk flew up in front of me and landed in the tree. It stayed there for several minutes before it flew off," he wrote.
Wayne Klement took this photo in January of Seven Falls Trail in Sabino Canyon.
Foothills resident Joseph Cyr was in Catalina State Park on the northwest side when he took this photo of poppies and lupines.