McDowell Sonoran Preserve, April 23 and May 1, 2016

I’ve visited the McDowell Sonaran Preserve in Scottsdale, AZ almost every weekend after attending an Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals meeting at the end of March where the guest speaker spoke about this preserve. I have gone by myself a couple of times and my cousin Steven joined me once as well. The trails that I have visited are fairly quiet, free, and nearby. I love taking in the distant desert views but I’m also interested in seeing how the desert environment changes over the year.

While visiting the Preserve I especially like to see the new plants that are flowering, keep my eyes open for reptiles, although I think I need to take a stroll at night to see the snakes, and of course see what the birds are up to. Some new plant photos that I’ve taken include flowering Saguaro, range ratany, gray thorn, chuckwallas delight, and a species in the phlox family. My identification of these plants could be wrong but this is what I think they are.

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Flowering Saguaro along the Whiskey Bottle Trail at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale, AZ – April 23,2016
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Range ratany (Krameria parvifolia), April 23, 2016
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Gray thorn (Ziziphus obtusifolia), April 23, 2016
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Chuckwalla’s delight (Bebbia juncea), May 1, 2016
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Phlox, May 1, 2016
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Photo taken on May 1, 2016
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As I was leaving one afternoon, a Harris’s hawk was hanging out on a Saguaro

 

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