On the Wild Side: Sharing the Desert with Raptors
Jul01

On the Wild Side: Sharing the Desert with Raptors

Updated June 29, 2017 By David LeRoy I live in the Rio Verde Foothills and we are blessed to be surrounded by the very best wildlife that the Sonoran Desert has to offer. As a matter of fact, Arizona is home to and visited by more species of raptors that any other state in the United States. While many full time residents have learned a little something about our various species of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls, there are still many...

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Video: Harris’s Hawk Nestlings
Jun15

Video: Harris’s Hawk Nestlings

Courtesy Laurel Strohmeyer June 9, 2017 Hello, I just put together a short (3-minute) video of a Harris Hawk family. Three little nestlings getting ready to leave the nest. Enjoy! Laurel   The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the “Submit a Comment” box at the bottom of this page. All comments are reviewed based on The Peak’s Comment Policy prior...

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AZ Game & Fish News: Leave Baby Wildlife Alone
Jun09

AZ Game & Fish News: Leave Baby Wildlife Alone

May 12, 2017 Courtesy of Arizona Game and Fish Department The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has seized a deer, bobcat and javelina since June 2 that were illegally taken captive while young by Tucson area residents and reared as pets. The mule deer buck was taken to the AZGFD Wildlife Center in Phoenix for treatment, and then will go to Bearizona in Williams. The bobcat was placed at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and...

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Arizona Wild Beauty: First Encounter
Jun02

Arizona Wild Beauty: First Encounter

By Laurel Strohmeyer Prologue Join us for our Arizona Wild Beauty…series, an intimate journey into the lives of an Arizona Wild Horse family.  Photographer/videographer Laurel Strohmeyer has spent the past four years studying many of the bands of wild horses along our Arizona rivers, but one family in particular captured her heart and thus her natural curiosity for wildlife.  Witness the ongoing stallion battles for territory, battles...

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AZ Game & Fish: 250,000 Extra Fish Stocked Through June
May23

AZ Game & Fish: 250,000 Extra Fish Stocked Through June

May 22, 2017 Courtesy of Arizona Game & Fish “During the past week – in preparation for the Memorial Day weekend — AZGFD has been stocking an additional 20,000 trout and catfish into waters statewide. Through June, we’ll have stocked a quarter-million more rainbow trout, catfish, bass and sunfish statewide.”   Game and Fish News The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about...

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This Scottsdale dummy is living 9 x LARGE. How about you?
May15

This Scottsdale dummy is living 9 x LARGE. How about you?

April 28, 2017 By Les Conklin Earth the Limit for Scottsdale and ASU Partnership Today, Scottsdale residents are rightfully proud of preserving more than 30,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert for future generations. A tremendous community accomplishment. Future use of preserved land for research and to educate others in environmental and sustainability sciences could generate even more pride for future Scottsdale residents and have a...

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Part II of the Peaky Blinder and Piper Great Horned Owl Story
May15

Part II of the Peaky Blinder and Piper Great Horned Owl Story

May 14. 2017 Video and Story by Laurel Strohmeyer Living here in the Sonoran Desert it is not unusual to hear great horned owls calling in the evening or to even see them sitting on top of a saguaro. But what is it like for them to raise their young here, threatened by heat, wind, rain, predators, and accidental injury? I, like most Peak readers, thoroughly enjoyed the first part of this story and I wondered what was wrong when the...

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AZ Game & Fish News: After 25 Years, High Expectations for  Fish Population
May12

AZ Game & Fish News: After 25 Years, High Expectations for Fish Population

May 12, 2017   In mid-May, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) will stock Gila topminnow into Arnett Creek, near Superior, with the expectation that the species will establish a population. The addition of Gila topminnow will be the final step in a project that has been in the works for more than two decades. Click below to learn more.   Arizona Game & Fish News The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites...

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Video: Easter Sunday Hatching of Western Screech Owl
Apr30

Video: Easter Sunday Hatching of Western Screech Owl

April 19, 2017 Courtesy of Laurel Strohmeyer   Hi everyone, I wanted to share this little Easter Sunday hatching of the third Western Screech Owl. Enjoy!     Watch Laurel’s Video    The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the “Submit a Comment” box at the bottom of this page. All comments are reviewed based on The Peak’s Comment...

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AZ Game & Fish News: 2 Fish Species Removed from Endangered List
Apr07

AZ Game & Fish News: 2 Fish Species Removed from Endangered List

April 6, 2017  The Arizona Game and Fish Department applauds today’s decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw its proposal to list two minnows, the headwater chub and a distinct population segment (DPS) of the roundtail chub in the Lower Colorado River Basin (Arizona and New Mexico), as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Click below for more information.   AZ Game and Fish News (PDF) We...

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