A short day trip from Sedona, area visitors can venture into the high desert wilds of Northern Arizona to find prairie dog colonies, referred to as "towns." These cuddly-looking little "dogs" peer curiously above their burrows, always on the lookout for danger and signaling their clan through a variety of chirps and calls. Endearing to watch, they love to hug and kiss (literally!), and exhibit a complex yet fascinating lifestyle while benefiting over a hundred other wildlife species.
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.
What lives in and around Sedona and Northern Arizona, can leap 15 feet into the air, then dash away at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour? It's the black-tailed jackrabbit, actually a hare, not a rabbit, with major differences such as babies born with a full coat of fur and eyes open, ready to go.
Least chipmunks are super cute and fun to watch. They forage around Sedona backyard birdfeeders, stuff their cheeks full, make a really funny face, and scurry off. Then they reappear a few moments later for more!
While the monolithic saguaro cactus, stretching its arms to the blue desert sky might well be the most popular emblem of the Sonoran desert, you won't see any saguaros around Sedona, at least not in the wild. Most of red rock country is too high in elevation for the saguaro, but not so for Arizona's other well-known cactus, the prickly pear. They're tolerant of many different soils and climates, which is why you'll see it all over the state. Prickly pear flourish in the hot dry Sonoran desert and mingle with the pine trees at up to 9000 feet in the high country.
Mountain bluebirds are often seen at the higher elevations in Northern Arizona, while Western bluebirds are more commonly seen in Sedona. Mountain bluebirds take readily to properly designed, well placed nestboxes. The male is bright turquoise blue while the female is dull and better camouflaged for protection during the nesting season.
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