Southwestern Deserts

April, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

A Bouquet of Gardens for Mom
This tour of seven Sedona (Arizona) home gardens on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., would make a pleasant pre-Mother's Day outing. It's sponsored by the Sedona Area Garden Club. For a list of locations to buy the $10 tickets, go to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Web site (http://www.sedonachamber.com) and click on the events calender.

Books

Birds
Watchable Birds of the Southwest, by Mary Taylor Gray (Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1995; $14), isn't a typical field guide encompassing all possible species. Rather, the author selected 68 birds that in her words are "fun to watch because they're big, brightly colored, have interesting behaviors, or in some way particularly represent the Southwest." The bulk of each description focuses on the bird's behavior, such as singing, mating, and nesting. To help a novice narrow the possibilities when identifying unfamiliar birds, there are three broad categories of habitat where they are typically found: wetlands, open country (low-elevation deserts), and high country (mountain forests, canyons, and mesas). This is an entertaining book for anyone who wants to know more about natural history of the Southwest.

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