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Native frogs reintroduced to their onetime habitat

Native frogs reintroduced to their onetime habitat

Mountains near Nogales are home to a population of reintroduced native frogs.

November 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Monsoon-nurtured grasses could fuel winter wildfires

Monsoon-nurtured grasses could fuel winter wildfires

Lush growth in the mountains has raised the risk of wildfires.

November 25, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Ventana Canyon sunset

Ventana Canyon sunset

Sunset light paints rock walls of Ventana Canyon north of Tucson with a red glow. Photo taken November 23, 2014. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 24, 2014 1:13 pm
Saguaros in silhouette

Saguaros in silhouette

Saguaros are silhouetted on a ridge in this sunset view from Ventana Canyon north of Tucson. Photo taken November 23, 2014. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 24, 2014 1:17 pm
Sunset light in Ventana Canyon

Sunset light in Ventana Canyon

Sunset light paints rock walls of Ventana Canyon north of Tucson with a red glow. Photo taken November 23, 2014. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 24, 2014 1:12 pm
Ventana Canyon's sunset glow

Ventana Canyon's sunset glow

The setting sun added a fiery glow to rock walls in Ventana Canyon north of Tucson late Sunday afternoon. 

November 24, 2014 11:35 am
16 more bighorns released in Catalina Mountains

16 more bighorns released in Catalina Mountains

The number of bighorn sheep in the range now totals 42.

November 21, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…
Esperero Trail in Sabino Canyon.

Esperero Trail in Sabino Canyon.

A deer enjoys the fruits of a barrel cactus in the lower part of Esperero Trail in Sabino Canyon. 

November 21, 2014 7:00 am
Crested Saguaro cactus

Crested Saguaro cactus

Crested Saguaro cactus on the Bajada Loop Trail in Sabino Canyon.

November 21, 2014 7:00 am
Hikers in Sabino Canyon

Hikers in Sabino Canyon

Almost everyone can navigate at least part of the main road in Sabino Canyon.

November 21, 2014 7:00 am
14 bighorns released into Catalinas; 3 others die

14 bighorns released into Catalinas; 3 others die

Another release of 16 is scheduled for today amid criticism from opponents.

November 21, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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14 bighorns released in Catalinas; 3 died during captures

14 bighorns released in Catalinas; 3 died during captures

Fourteen bighorn sheep were released in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson on Thursday morning as part of an ongoing effort to rebuild a herd that disappeared from the range in the 1990s.

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12 bighorns captured for release in Catalinas

12 bighorns captured for release in Catalinas

State agency rebuilding herd in mountains north of Tucson.

November 20, 2014 12:00 am
Potential fuel for wildfires

Potential fuel for wildfires

Dense grasses and stalks of leftover wildflowers on a slope in the Catalina Mountains could provide fuel for wildfires. Photo taken November 18, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 19, 2014 11:03 am
Grasses near Molino Basin Campground

Grasses near Molino Basin Campground

A recent trip to the Molino Basin Campground in the Catalina Mountains revealed lots of dense grasses known as “fine fuels” to firefighters.

November 19, 2014 11:06 am
Dense grasses pose fire risk

Dense grasses pose fire risk

Dense growths of tall grasses surrounding a dead tree along the Bug Spring Trail in the Catalina Mountains pose a potential risk for wildfires in the spring or sooner. Photo taken November 18, 2014. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 19, 2014 10:58 am
Grasses could fuel fires

Grasses could fuel fires

Tall grasses along the Bug Spring Trail in the Catalina Mountains could pose a fire risk if they become tinder dry in the spring or sooner. Photo taken November 18, 2014. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 19, 2014 11:00 am
Desert glow at sunset

Desert glow at sunset

An autumn sunset bathes the desert in golden light. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

November 19, 2014 10:07 am
More bighorns coming to Catalinas this week

More bighorns coming to Catalinas this week

New group will be released near existing herd.

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Another bighorn sheep dies in the Catalina Mountains

Another bighorn sheep dies in the Catalina Mountains

Twelve of the original 31 sheep transplanted are still alive.

November 14, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…
Bighorn sheep in Catalinas found dead

Bighorn sheep in Catalinas found dead

Was not killed by predator, wildlife agency says; cause of death unknown.

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Village Farm sign

Village Farm sign

The farm "is a seed-to-table program that aims to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empower them to make healthy life choices," the  Tucson Village Farm website says.

November 13, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Tucson Village Farm

Tucson Village Farm

The Tucson Village Farm holds its Fifth Annual Harvest Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

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Conservation groups sue federal agency over wolf plan

Conservation groups sue federal agency over wolf plan

Not enough is being done to save Mexican gray wolves, lawsuit contends.

November 12, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…
Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Scenery along the Granite Overlook Trail at Oracle State Park near the town of Oracle. Photo taken 4/6/08 by Doug Kreutz/Arizona Daily Star.

November 12, 2014 1:48 pm
Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

The exterior of the historic Kannally Ranch House at Oracle State Park. The four level house was built in 1929 in Mediterranean Revival style. Photo taken on 8/2/06 by Doug Kreutz/Arizona Daily Star

November 12, 2014 1:48 pm
Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

The historic Kannally Ranch House at Oracle State Park is open for tours on weekends. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 12, 2014 1:48 pm
Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Scenery along the Granite Overlook Trail at Oracle State Park near Oracle. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 12, 2014 1:48 pm
A hawk basks in sunset light

A hawk basks in sunset light

A hawk basked in the golden glow of sunset high in a tree along the Rillito River Trail on Tuesday. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

November 12, 2014 11:59 am
A hawk basks in sunset light

A hawk basks in sunset light

A hawk basked in the golden glow of sunset high in a tree along the Rillito River Trail on Tuesday. Share your photos of hawks and other birds with us. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

November 12, 2014 10:07 am
Summer wildflowers blooming in mid-November

Summer wildflowers blooming in mid-November

These and other wildflowers are still blooming brilliantly along trails in the Catalina Mountains this week — never mind that it’s about a month until winter. The reason: late monsoon rains and continuing springlike weather. Share your photos of late bloomers with us. Photo by Doug Kreutz, A…

November 11, 2014 10:38 am
Summer wildflowers still blooming in Catalinas in November

Summer wildflowers still blooming in Catalinas in November

It's barely a month until winter, but summer wildflowers are still blooming.

November 10, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Red blooms along Green Mountain Trail

Red blooms along Green Mountain Trail

Mountain wildflowers are blooming very late November in the Catalina Mountains. Photo taken November 8, 2014, along the Green Mountain Trail. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 10, 2014 11:28 am
Blooms along Green Mountain Trail

Blooms along Green Mountain Trail

Mountain wildflowers are blooming very late November in the Catalina Mountains. Photo taken November 8, 2014, along the Green Mountain Trail. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 10, 2014 11:29 am
Yellow booms along Green Mountain Trail

Yellow booms along Green Mountain Trail

Mountain wildflowers are blooming very late November in the Catalina Mountains. Photo taken November 8, 2014, along the Green Mountain Trail. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 10, 2014 11:26 am
White flowers along Green Mountain Trail

White flowers along Green Mountain Trail

Mountain wildflowers are blooming very late November in the Catalina Mountains. Photo taken November 8, 2014, along the Green Mountain Trail. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

November 10, 2014 11:25 am
Pink blooms along Green Mountain Trail

Pink blooms along Green Mountain Trail

Summer wildflowers are still going strong into November along the Green Mountain Trail, 6,000-plus feet in elevation.

November 10, 2014 11:24 am
Ironwood Forest National Monument holds open house

Ironwood Forest National Monument holds open house

A "Meet the Monument" event at Ironwood Forest National Monument is Saturday.

November 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mountain wildflowers in November

Mountain wildflowers in November

Wildflowers were blooming with summer attitude along hiking trails in the Catalina Mountains Saturday — never mind that it's November. It might take a snowfall to bring this year's mountain bloom to an end. 

November 08, 2014 7:29 pm
Volunteers needed to fight buffelgrass at Saguaro Park

Volunteers needed to fight buffelgrass at Saguaro Park

They're asked to meet Saturday at visitor center on Old Spanish Trail.

November 06, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
Sweet autumn light

Sweet autumn light

This autumn sunset view in Sabino Canyon Tuesday has the soft glow of autumn light — a welcome change after the often intense glare of the sun even at the end of the day in the months of summer. Share your own autumn light photos with us. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

November 05, 2014 11:14 am
More private shrines appearing on S. Arizona forest lands

More private shrines appearing on S. Arizona forest lands

Officials have this advice for those building memorials: Don't.

November 05, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Private plaque on national forest land

Private plaque on national forest land

A private shrine near the Babad Do’ag overlook point on national forest land along the Catalina Highway includes this small plaque. Photo taken Nov. 3, 2014.

November 04, 2014 2:57 pm
Shrine near forest overlook

Shrine near forest overlook

A private shrine sits within about 50 feet of the popular Babad Do’ag Overlook point, which is on national forest land along the Catalina Highway northeast of Tucson. Photo taken November 3, 2014.

November 04, 2014 2:53 pm
Shrine on national forest land

Shrine on national forest land

A private shrine sits within about 50 feet of the popular Babad Do’ag Overlook point, which is on national forest land along the Catalina Highway northeast of Tucson. Photo taken November 3, 2014.

November 04, 2014 2:52 pm
Private shrine of forest land

Private shrine of forest land

This memorial sits within about 50 feet of the popular Babad Do’ag Overlook point, which is on national forest land northeast of Tucson. The Sierra Club also objects to the shrines, saying some could be harmful to wildlife.

November 04, 2014 2:51 pm
Skeleton saguaro stands tall in the sun

Skeleton saguaro stands tall in the sun

This saguaro might be down to skeleton status, but it’s still standing tall and soaking up the sun. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

November 04, 2014 10:45 am
Festival Saturday celebrates 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

Festival Saturday celebrates 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

Plenty of activities at Sabino Canyon.

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