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.
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.
There is the old saying about the weather in Arizona - something to the effect that if the weather doesn't quite suit your taste, give it five minutes and it will change. February is one of the more fickle months when it comes to the weather in red rock country, and while it may take a bit longer than five minutes for the forecast to shift, the variation in conditions can be dramatic.
One of the most likely wildlife encounters one can expect while visiting or hiking in Sedona will be with the javelina, also known as the collared peccary. They are ubiquitous in red rock country, and if you see one, there are most likely five, six or more close by. Beware if there are javelina mothers with babies!
The Cooper's hawk is a medium-sized hawk common to Sedona, Arizona. Its range is widespread, from Southern Canada to Northern Mexico. As in many birds of prey, the male is smaller than the female. This beautiful hawk is easily confused with the sharp-shinned hawk. The easiest way to tell the difference is...
As a girl raised among the dense rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, crowded with ferns, rhododendrons, and dripping with primordial mosses, my first glimpse of a Northern Arizona forest was a little disconcerting. Frankly, there just wasn't that much to it. From the roadside, all you see is a carpet of grass, lanky tree trunks spaced unsociably apart, and not much else. I was sure this was a sign of something amiss, but later learned this is just what a good stand of ponderosa pine should look like.
More Articles ...
- Wild Bobcat in Sedona Arizona
- The Black-tailed Jackrabbit Has A Need For Speed
- Cardinals, Colorful Birds with a Song of Cheer in Sedona Arizona
- Hummingbirds — Tiny Wonders in Sedona Arizona
- The Other Famous Cactus of Arizona — The Prickly Pear
- Echinopsis Cactus Blooms Overnight in Sedona, Arizona
- The Monsoon Season Arrives In Sedona
- Gambel's Quail, One of Sedona's Favorite Little Desert Friends
- In Praise of the Arizona Raven
- The Javelina - Sedona, Arizona's Famous Pig-Like Desert Dweller
- Sedona Birding: Ladder-Backed Woodpecker at Bell Rock Pathway
- Prairie Dog Towns Among Northern Arizona Roadside Attractions
- The Least Chipmunk, Busy and Cute Sedona Neighborhood Character
- Sedona Arizona 2017 Holiday Ornament - Northern Cardinal
- The Ringtail Cat — Arizona State Mammal at Home in Sedona
- Mountain Bluebirds, Bright Jewels in Sedona and Northern Arizona
- Fast and Feisty — the Greater Roadrunner
- Southwest Adventures with Rattlesnakes
- Summer Rains Sound Like Love to Arizona Tarantulas