Wildlife Conservation in Central Arizona

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Wildlife conservation begins with observation.  The Agua Fria River Basin is a great place to see wild animals in natural habitats.  Developers are eying the Basin, and have ‘mega’ plans to fill the space with streets and houses.  But for now, we only need to step out our doors to see native vegetation, birds, and insects.

This blog reports sightings and background information on nature conservation and general wildlife topics.  You can click ‘comment(s)’ at the end of the line under each post title to post a comment, and if you ‘read more’ you will find a comment space below the post.  You can also sign up to post your own observations.  Remember to include when and where when you write a comment.


A resident of the chaparral-covered slopes on the east side of Dewey-Humboldt recently commented that the Western Scrub-Jays around her home had declined.  Has anyone else noticed a decline, an increase?  Earlier this year the Audubon Society announced that the last 40 years of Christmas Bird Counts showed sharp declines for most bird species. Perhaps Jays and other birds are declining in Dewey-Humboldt.  Have you noticed any changes?

The Agua Fria Open Space Alliance, Inc. (AFOSA) encourages accumulation and exchange of information about open space in the Agua Fria River Basin.  Click ‘About’ in the menu to learn more.

8 thoughts on “Wildlife Conservation in Central Arizona

  1. This year Great Blue Herons built nests over one of my stock ponds in Dewey-Humboldt near the Agua Fria River. They started with two nests, but abandoned one. Three chicks hatched. These were the first nests I’ve seen since moving here in 1997.

    I first noticed the nests on April 10, when some loud croaking began. I think that was when the eggs were laid. On April 12 I watched a Great Blue Heron chase all 25 of the vultures out of the willow trees along my driveway. He had them ducking and squawking. They came back as soon as he left. I will put some photos on Picasa. Look for the link in the sidebar.



  2. We moved from the flat lands of Mesa due to job prospects. In the 7 years we have been here we have retired and set up attractions for the transient as well as the permanent residents. We have noticed an increase of scrub blue jays and and in process of training for hand feeding peanuts. The quail just flood the area as do the many species of sparrows. A few years back I had to fill 5 large humming bird feeders every day, that was a special summer, now down to 1 a week. We have also bought a night camera and have on film groups of 13 racoons down to the solitary soldier. Also, bob cats and owls show up at night. We have built a medium size pond and stocked it with $0.17 feeder fish which are now some up to 6 in. in length. Living out Orme Rd., we see many of the same wild life. On my Tues. walk I spooked up 2 deer in the creek. Last month with my brother and his brother-in-law visiting from NV, a bob cat walked behind me 20' away. Unbelievable what goes on around this area and the wildlife that remains. Tom Cox


  3. I have seen two crows circling over my home and landing on my tree’s I would like to attract more what do you advise for feed?


  4. Try some peanuts in the shell or rolled corn. The least expensive would be a 50# sack of rolled corn at Olsen’s. Scatter on the ground in an open area with a few pieces of white paper or something else visible from above. Anchor the paper with rocks. Of course, your local jays, squirrels and Woodrats (Packrats) may get there first. It may take a while for the crows (might actually be ravens) to spot the food. But if you keep it out there they will find it. Perhaps at first you can use more paper than corn, and increase the corn when you get the desired visitors.

    Telling crows from ravens: Tips of raven tails are wedge shaped. Tips of crow tails are flat.

    Good luck.



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