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Arizona ranks fourth in the United States when it comes to total acres of public lands. Some of the most beautiful are in Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to deer, pronghorns, coatimundis, mountain lions and maybe even jaguars. It’s also home to the endangered masked bobwhite quail, a subspecies that had been extirpated from the American landscape. They’re still struggling, but, thanks to a group of volunteers, there’s hope.


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HUMAN BEINGS HAVE A KNACK for starting things. But not for stopping them.

That truth is at the center of a story that’s entering its endgame along Arizona’s waterways. The short version: A century and a half ago, a type of exotic shrub arrived in North America. It quickly spread, populating riparian areas where plants native to this land once thrived. Twenty years ago, an insect that devours the leaves of that shrub was brought to the American Southwest in an attempt to restore order. But now, that transplant is spreading fast — and, as a result, more of our region’s ecosystem is at risk.

Below the surface, though, the story of the tamarisk and the tamarisk leaf beetle is one of good intentions and unforeseen consequences. Of events set in motion long ago and landscapes changed forever. And of what can happen when we take away Mother Nature’s keys and put ourselves behind the wheel.

“It touches on so many issues beyond rivers, plants and species,” says Greg Beatty, a Phoenix-...

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History, Nature & Culture


Robert McCulloch was a man of uncommon entrepreneurial talent. But even his most ardent backers must have doubted his most famous, and most audacious, venture: transporting a...

London Bridge in Lake Havasu City in 1971


If we’re being painfully honest, yellow-headed blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) don’t have the loveliest call in the animal kingdom. They make up for it, though,...

Yellow-headed blackbird photographed by Bruce D. Taubert


Tonto National Monument

Also a cultural melting pot, the site now known as Tonto National Monument was one of the most densely occupied areas for the Salado...

RIGHT: The Lower Cliff Dwelling at Tonto National Monument is the ruin most accessible to visitors. | Laurence Parent


The Town of Tusayan is your gateway to the Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Just 12 minutes...

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Discover and support Native American food, art, entertainment and more. To keep the experience authentic, all vendors,...

At Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, the sky is not the limit, just the starting point — to a universe of...