Southwestern Deserts

December, 2001
Regional Report

Books

Arizona Wildlife Viewing Guide
This handy book provides just enough information to head you in the right direction for an opportunity to see the wildlife of your choice. I was intrigued by the photo of converging ladybugs. I enjoy seeing them in my garden, but haven't had the pleasure of a close-up view of a tree branch covered with red and black dots! The ladybugs head to the cool mountains for the summer, arriving in May or June after eating aphids in the low desert all spring. The book was sponsored by numerous public and private groups interested in wildlife and preservation. $1 of the purchase price supports conservation projects in Arizona. Arizona Wildlife Viewing Guide, ISBN 1-56044-097-X, $8.95, Falcon Press

Web Finds

Plant List
The Low-Water Use and Drought-Tolerant Plants website provides an "official regulatory list" of low-water-use and drought-tolerant plants from the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Once established, the plants on this list should grow with moderate or no supplemental irrigation. This information takes the guesswork out of trying to decide if a plant will perform in desert conditions. This particular site is geared to the Tucson/Pima County area, but most regions have similar lists. Contact your local water resource office for more detail.

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