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October Yard Birds-Dragoons Foothills

Yard List = 144 species Scaled Quail, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Western Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Common Poorwill, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Gray Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, MacGillivray's Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Botteri's Sparrow, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Pyrrhuloxia, Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Scott's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

October Butterflies–Dragoon Mts

Pipevine Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail, Giant Swallowtail, Checkered White, Southern Dogface, Cloudless Sulphur, Tailed Orange, Sleepy Orange, Dainty Sulphur, Marine BluleWestern Pygmy-Blue, Reakirt's Blue, Palmer's Metalmark, American Snout, Monarch, Queen, Variegated Fritillary, Bordered Patch, Common Buckeye, Painted Lady, White Checkered-Skipper, Orange Skipperling, Arizona Giant-Skipper

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Cooling my heels in the Montrose Pools, Catalina State Park, Oro Valley, Tucson, AZ

What am I doing with a blog? Well, we left a lot of great friends back in Maryland when my husband Doug and I departed Calvert County in mid-2007 after 19 years. Blogging seems to be a good alternative to e-mail so our friends can see what we’ve been up to. Unfortunately I’m not one of those much-envied creative writers who can wax eloquently about any subject, so we’ll see how this goes.

Here’s a little bit about me:

My educational background includes degrees in biology and medical technology as well as post graduate studies in botany. I have had the opportunity to live on three continents during my husband’s Air Force career — North America, Asia (Taiwan) and Europe (Germany) and have been very fortunate to be able to travel to and experience nature in many places on this planet. We lived in Southern Maryland since mid-1988 and in this area of natural beauty and richness, I became a much more well-rounded naturalist. In July of 2007 we moved to Tucson, Arizona while we were having a house built in Cochise County.  In September 2008 we moved into our new home in the western foothills of the Dragoon Mountains. In this beautiful part of the country, we continue to marvel at what nature has to offer.

When one feels a deep passion for something, it’s only natural to want to share it with others. It is my hope that the content on this blog might help raise awareness and create appreciation for the beauty and fragile nature of even the tiniest living creatures. With humankind over-populating the planet and the resulting loss of habitat and concurrent pollution and depletion of natural resources, survival becomes difficult if not impossible. It’s easy for us self-centered humans to overlook how other organisms must struggle to survive, in large part, due to our dominance on this planet. Respect and reverence for the natural world that surrounds us are the first steps we can take to begin protecting and preserving the treasures that still remain.

While I’ve always been interested in photography, my interest was rekindled with the advent of digital cameras. It is now one of my great passions and probably the best way I can share my love of nature with others.