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Elk

Depending on the time of year, elk (Cervus canadensis) can easily be spotted in Arizona’s high country, notably in the ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper forests on…

Canyon Tree Frog

The canyon tree frog (Dryophytes arenicolor) can get itself into some sticky situations, thanks to adhesive toe pads on all four feet. These tiny amphibians grow to…

Burrowing Owls

There are a few undeniable truths about burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia): They’re cute. They’re social. And they’re the American Birding Association’s 2022 “Bird…

White-Nosed Coati

At first glance, you might think a white-nosed coati (Nasua narica) — also known as a coatimundi — is a raccoon. Look a little closer, though, and you’ll discover…

Abert's Squirrel

Named for naturalist John James Abert, Abert’s squirrels (Sciurus aberti) are tassel-eared, tree-fond creatures that are found in ponderosa pine forests across…

Texas Horned Lizard

Say howdy to the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), which is one of more than a dozen horned lizard species in North America. Often referred to as horny…

Gray Fox

The gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is one of only two members of the dog family capable of…

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

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…

North American Beaver

There’s no mistaking a North American beaver (Castor canadensis) for another semi-aquatic mammal, such as an otter. Beavers are bigger, beefier and, of course,…