I have completed the second edition of the Arizona Wildlife Notebook! The new Notebook has four more species groups than the first edition, and it has an expanded index. The most important change is in the conservation status for each species. This time, I standardized the information so that future changes will be easier to track. Continue reading →
Snakes form an important element in the flow of energy through Earth’s web of life. Normally, they help control rodent and amphibian populations while serving as food for larger carnivores. Things aren’t normal anymore. Rodent, snake, and carnivore populations are declining and becoming separated by the assault from human activities ranging from habitat destruction for roads and buildings, to direct predation by domestic cats and dogs. Thus, human activities are severing local and global connections within the web. The total effect is difficult to predict. Continue reading →
“Baby animals you see are probably not orphans; parents are usually nearby.”
Wildlife Rescue in Arizona is licensed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Visit the AZGFD website for a list with contact information and taxa treated. A second list includes other animal charities in Arizona. Find more information from local veterinarians and animal control departments of local governments.
These organizations provide additional information:
Arizona Wildlife Notebook, Volume I: The Vertebrates
This notebook has complete checklists for the amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, lizards, snakes, and turtles that live in Arizona. A brief introduction to each checklist provides references to field guides and notes on conservation. Symbols in the lists show the conservation status of all Arizona species as of July 1, 2012.