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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Weather Fails to Dampen Dedication of Carolyn Allen Amphitheater
Jan22

Weather Fails to Dampen Dedication of Carolyn Allen Amphitheater

 January 22, 2017 By Les Conklin   Most Scottsdale residents would say that it was cold, dark, and damp at the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead this morning. Despite the unusual weather, the approximately 100 people at the trailhead’s amphitheater were in a warm, friendly mood as Scottsdale officials named the amphitheater for Carolyn Allen. More than one speaker commented that the weather did not match Allen’s upbeat...

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Preston Named Executive Director of Desert Foothills Land Trust
Jan14

Preston Named Executive Director of Desert Foothills Land Trust

January 12, 2017 Courtesy of Desert Foothills Land Trust CAREFREE – The Board of Directors of Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT) today announced the appointment of Vicki Preston as the organization’s Executive Director. Preston joined the Land Trust in 2011 as the Conservation Director. She will continue her role in land conservation as well as assume her new duties as Executive Director. Preston takes over from Patrick McWhortor, who...

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AZ Game and Fish News: Wolf Pup Released to Wild in 2014 Becomes Mom
Dec23

AZ Game and Fish News: Wolf Pup Released to Wild in 2014 Becomes Mom

December 22 A wolf pup that was introduced into the wild with a foster pack has given birth in the wild. This is a step-forward in the re-introduction of the Mexican grey wolf back into the wild. AZ Game and Fish News...

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