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Sedona Wildlife and Natural History

Animals, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians, Insects, and Plants of Sedona and the Verde Valley

Learn all about wildlife, including birds, trees, plants, and flowers, common to Sedona and the surrounding area.  The natural history of the Sedona and the Verde Valley is unique, with the riparian green-belt of Oak Creek attracting a surprising diversity of animals and birds.

The Ringtail Cat, Arizona State Mammal, also lives in the Sedona area.

The Ringtail Cat — Arizona State Mammal at Home in Sedona

Shout it out if you can name Arizona's State Mammal! Coyote? Good guess, but wrong. Mountain Lion? Fearsome, but no. Javalina? Mule Deer? Antelope? Antel-nope! Feel like you've run out of Arizona mammals? Shame on you! How can you forget Bassariscus astusus, the lithe little critter that 'round these parts we call the Ringtail Cat?

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Mule Deer Buck

Mule Deer, Common Sight in Sedona, Arizona

The mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is common to Sedona and Northern Arizona and is often seen grazing along the Sedona scenic byway in the early evening.

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Wild Bobcat in Sedona Arizona

Walk outside to take out the trash or just enjoy some time in your backyard, and depending on what part of the country you're in, you never know what you're going to see. Usually, it's something funny with the neighbors, or maybe something more interesting.

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Black-tailed Rattlesnake in Sedona, Arizona

Southwest Adventures with Rattlesnakes

Sedona is home to several species of rattlenakes, including the black-tailed rattlesnake, the prairie rattlesnake, the diamondback rattlesnake, and the Mojave rattlesnake. These snakes fill a purposeful niche by keeping rodent populations under control.  They also strive to avoid humans and warn those coming too close.  Find out how to be safe in Sedona while hiking in places inhabited by these beautiful but dangerous creatures.

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Arizona ravens are known for their intelligence as well as amusing antics.

In Praise of the Arizona Raven

Of all the magnificent birds associated with the desert Southwest, the Common Raven gets short shrift in the publicity department. Compared to the California condor, poster-bird for late 20th century conservation efforts, the quirky roadrunner immortalized by Saturday morning cartoons, or even the roly-poly quail that putter around every backyard from Tucson to Sedona, the raven barely gets a nod as having a place in Arizona's natural and cultural landscape.

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