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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A Peek at the Desert Discovery Center and Education
Mar31

A Peek at the Desert Discovery Center and Education

March 27, 2017 By Les Conklin   Dear Google, Thank you for kick-starting my introduction to this humble article about education and Scottsdale’s proposed Desert Discovery Center. I was suffering from writer’s block, so I searched for “quotes importance of education.” Google, I can always count on you! You listed several websites. I chose BrainyQuotes.com  where I found …   Three great quotes – “Education is...

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ASU Article Emphasizes Environmental Importance of DDC Partnership
Feb21

ASU Article Emphasizes Environmental Importance of DDC Partnership

February 21, 2017 Did you know that ASU is a stakeholder in the proposed Desert Discovery Center? Did you know that they are contributing ideas to be incorporated into the information presented to students and others visiting the proposed center? The attached newsletter from Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale features an article that was published about the proposed center in ASU Now. The ASU article provides valuable insights into...

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In the Beginning: “Pair of Private Trusts Seek to Keep Land Unspoiled”
Feb19

In the Beginning: “Pair of Private Trusts Seek to Keep Land Unspoiled”

Preface This article reminds us that we have much to be thankful for. This article was published 25 years ago and the two land trusts introduced in this article have been successful. Check their websites to measure just how successful they have been. You’ll find links to their websites at the bottom of the page. Editor   Reprint from Jan. 23, 1991  Arizona Republic 1991 Published in A Peek at the Peak, February 1991 Pair of...

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AZ Game & Fish News: Experimental Mexican Wolf Population Gains
Feb19

AZ Game & Fish News: Experimental Mexican Wolf Population Gains

February 17, 2017 The Mexican wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) completed the annual year¬-end population survey, documenting a minimum of 113 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico at the end of 2016.  his compares with a minimum of 97 wild wolves in 2015. Click to read newsletter. AZ Game and Fish News...

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Arizona Wild Beauty: Patch’s First Steps Video
Feb14

Arizona Wild Beauty: Patch’s First Steps Video

By Laurel Strohmeyer Prologue Welcome to the second installment of our our Arizona Wild Beauty…series, an intimate journey into the lives of an Arizona Wild Horse family.  The first installment is entitled Arizona Wild Beauty: First Encounter.  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...

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