Category: PCMN posts

Growth of Saguaros at Tohono Chul Park

Written by Paul (Mac) Consigny, Cohort 2 Background. In 1999, a team of Tohono Chul volunteers, the Saguaro Huggers, began measuring the height of the main stem of specific saguaros within Tohono Chul Park. A total of 251 saguaros were measured for the first… Continue Reading “Growth of Saguaros at Tohono Chul Park”

Mycology of Mount Lemmon

Blogpost written PCMN Josh Skattum, Cohort 3 The incredible diversity of Arizona can be observed due to changes in topography as well as a change of seasons. Since this last July I started exploring a diverse “kingdom of life” within one of Tucson’s local… Continue Reading “Mycology of Mount Lemmon”

Birding along the Catalina Highway part 2.

Blogpost written by PCMN Kathy McLin Just before turning onto the Catalina Highway from Mt. Bigelow we pulled the car to a halt to observe and photograph a gorgeous Red-tailed Hawk…….An unexpected surprise. Our plan was to find a lunch spot and as we… Continue Reading “Birding along the Catalina Highway part 2.”

Birding along Mt. Bigelow

Written by PCMN Kathy McLin, Cohort 3 Fall is definitely in the air and birds are beginning their migrations to warmer climes. If you have even a passing interest in birds, then a trip along the Catalina Highway is a must. My destination with… Continue Reading “Birding along Mt. Bigelow”

Two More Species of “Arizona’s Largest Moths” Found in the Tortolita Preserve by Master Naturalists

Written by Dave DeGroot, Sept. 20, 2022 More than 40 species of big “hawk moths” or “sphinx moths” live in the mountains and deserts of Southern Arizona. Until the Master Naturalists’ “Bug Night” on Sept. 15, only two of these big moths had been… Continue Reading “Two More Species of “Arizona’s Largest Moths” Found in the Tortolita Preserve by Master Naturalists”

Fall Membership Meeting 2022 & BioBlitz Update

By Franklin Lane The Pima County Master Naturalist (PCMN) quarterly membership meeting was held on Tuesday, September 13th. Thank you Josh Skattum (C3) for recommending Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden on Sabino Canyon Rd. It’s a beautiful outdoor venue. Although there were some… Continue Reading “Fall Membership Meeting 2022 & BioBlitz Update”

Pima County Master Naturalists Support the 2022 Southeast Arizona Birding Festival

By: Franklin Lane The annual SE Arizona Birding Festival, sponsored by the Tucson Audubon Society (a PCMN Partner Organization), was held from August 10-14 this year. The Pima County Chapter has traditionally staffed an education and recruitment table in the main ballroom of the… Continue Reading “Pima County Master Naturalists Support the 2022 Southeast Arizona Birding Festival”

Comes the Monsoon

Blogpost written by PCMN Kathy McLin and Joshua Skattum, Cohort 3 “Comes the monsoonWhose arrival is announced by nature’s percussion, with deep drum rolls and cymbal clashes, grey sky and lightening shows. A welcomed performance, one of pure life. Anointing the land, hastening the… Continue Reading “Comes the Monsoon”

Using smart phone applications as a learning tool while hiking

Blogpost written by PCMN Josh Skattum, Cohort 3. Have you ever came across an unfamiliar plant, fungi, or animal and just became engaged with interest and wonder? You might ask yourself what that biota might be? Maybe you’ve heard a bird song or a… Continue Reading “Using smart phone applications as a learning tool while hiking”