Moore: Fall migration is in full swing

Moore: Fall migration is in full swing

It is hard to believe we are already in September, as it still feels like summer!  However, the month of September will usher in a lot of changes here in the Arizona Central Highlands.  Many bird species will be either leaving, arriving, or just passing through this...
Recent experiences in nature

Recent experiences in nature

This past Saturday, Gayla and I hiked segment four of the Prescott Circle Trail, from White Spar Road to Copper Basin Road. The trail skirts both Quartz and Wolverton Mountains south of Prescott and climbs almost 1,000 feet in elevation.  Our timing was really good,...
Moore: Fall migration is in full swing

Moore: Witnessing nature in action at the lakes

Last Thursday, I led a scheduled bird walk to the south shore of Willow Lake before moving over to Watson Lake. When I lead bird walks, I am always hoping to find a nice variety of colorful birds that will get people excited about their bird-watching experience. On...
Fireworks in the forest on the Fourth of July

Fireworks in the forest on the Fourth of July

On Thursday, July 4, my wife and I hiked segment five of the Prescott Circle Trail. This segment utilizes Trail 396 in the Prescott National Forest and runs between Senator Highway and the White Spar campground. This segment is about 5 miles long and traverses habitat...
Change in elevation results in a change of bird species

Change in elevation results in a change of bird species

One of my memories of growing up in Tucson is visiting the Arizona–Sonora Desert Museum and viewing the outdoor exhibit that illustrated the concept of “life zones”. A wide path paralleled an area with plants found at 2,000 to 3,000 feet in elevation, plants that...
Summer months bring subtle changes in bird activity

Summer months bring subtle changes in bird activity

Now that we are officially in summer, you might be wondering if you can expect any changes in the bird activity in your yard. The short answer is not much. However, there are definitely a few things to be on the lookout for. — Baby quail. Breeding season for Gambel’s...