Many hundreds of years ago, the ancestors of today’s Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation lived a nomadic life along the Verde River. They hunted and gathered food from the Mogollon Rim to the Salt River, and from the Colorado River to the Mazatzal Mountains. When European settlers arrived in search of … [Read more...] about Orme Dam: The Dam that Never Was
It all started with a single coyote. When Linda Searles found an orphaned coyote pup, there were no local veterinarians who would treat orphaned or injured wild animals. She dreamed of a wildlife rehabilitation center, and that dream turned into reality with the purchase of 10 acres near Rio Verde … [Read more...] about Southwest Wildlife
The Sonoran Desert is well-known for its large variety of cacti. While they grow rampant in the open desert, they are also common in yards that use native landscapes. Here are a few of our common cacti. SAGUARO A saguaro can live beyond 150 years, but it takes 75-100 years … [Read more...] about Get to Know Your Local Cacti
Cooler temperatures are enticing us to get outside and enjoy some recreational activity. Mountain biking is one of the top activities of choice at nearby McDowell Mountain Regional Park. With over 40 miles of trails ranging from easy to strenuous, there is something to suit all riding abilities. … [Read more...] about Jump on Your Bike and Ride!
Did you know that Fall has an actual scent? For most places around the country, it comes from the falling leaves, something we do not really experience in the Sonoran Desert. Many enjoy a day trip to the higher elevations to hike among the golden beauty of the season. Here are ten great places … [Read more...] about Looking for Fall Leaves? Check out These 10 Locations!
You probably don’t need to be told again that the summer of 2020 was the hottest summer on record with negligible rain in Fountain Hills. Sadly, many saguaro cacti have met their demise as a result. The saguaro is one of the most iconic species of the Sonoran Desert. Over millions of years, they … [Read more...] about Saving the Thirsty Saguaros
Since 1995, the Fountain Hills Community Foundation has provided over $1.2 million grants to educational, cultural, and humanitarian non-profit organizations in the Fountain Hills area. This year, these organizations have greater needs than ever. This year’s momentous and magical fundraising … [Read more...] about Flutter at the Fountain Benefiting Fountain Hills Community Foundation
The Sonoran Desert offers year-round opportunities to relax in the backyard while watching the birds come and go, butterflies fluttering in the wind, and bees pollinating the flowers. Many people want to know how to attract more of these desirable species. We talked with Ranger Amy who works with … [Read more...] about Backyard Wildlife Habitats with Ranger Amy