Our Wildlife

Face of a mammal with brown head, white around eyes and on snout up in a tree Nasua narica - White-nosed Coatimundi
Courtesy of L. Paulson

Perhaps you come seeking to pad your birding life list with specialties like Elegant Trogon, Blue-throated Mountain-gem, and Mexican Chickadee, or you hope to glimpse a band of White-nosed Coatis waving long tails as they disappear into vegetation, or to witness a nursing "red" among a sqadron of Collared Peccories. Maybe you want to study the fantastic array of reptile, amphibian, bat or insect species found here. Whatever your reason, wildlife biodiversity is one of the top reasons to visit the Station, and both its mountain and desert basin surrounds. Below is a small selection of the vast array of species who make their home near us.

Small round quail with harlequin facial markings and spotted belly, standing in leaf litter Cyrtonyx montezumae - Montezuma Quail
Courtesy of Steve Wolfe
Small brown owl with yellow eyes standing on branch with spines. Micrathene whitneyi - Elf Owl
Courtesy of A.R. Donaldson
Head and upper body of olive green snake with black eye on a black background Senticolis triaspis - Green Rat Snake
Courtesy of Carol Comeau
brown lizard with parallel light-colored stripes along its sides on a log Sceloporus virgatus - Striped Plateau Lizard
Courtesy of Laura Paulson
Brown furry mammal with white markings and a long nose in a tree Nasua narica - White-nosed Coati
Courtesy of Steve Wolfe
Finely spotted wild cat with short tail standing on tree stump. Lynx rufus - Bobcat
Courtesy of Steve Wolfe
Two-tailed yellow butterfly with black marks on forewing and blue spots on hind wing, perching on thin green leaves. Papilio multicaudata - Two-tailed Swallowtail (Arizona State Butterfly)
Courtesy of Laura Paulson
Blue butterfly with darker forewing and lighter hindwing with white spots on yellow flowers Battus philenor - Pipevine Swallowtail
Courtesy of Carol Comeau