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.
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.
They're hairy, stinky, and downright adorable! Meet the Javelina, Sedona's famous pig-like desert dweller. Otherwise known as the Collared Peccary, the Javelina is one of three species of New World peccaries. They look like small, very hairy pigs, with bulky bodies perched on short legs with dainty three-toed hooves. Their hair is long and bristly, with spiky ruffs around their necks and sometimes on top of their heads. Baby javelina, or piglings, look a little more like domestic piglets, plus a lot of hair.
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.
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.
An echinopsis cactus blooms overnight in Sedona, Arizona (April 24th) producing spectacular pink flowers. This is a cactus common to Sedona, Arizona gardens, but it is actually is a genus of cacti native to South America and it's sometimes referred to as Easter lily cactus.
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