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.
Sedona Arizona Nature & Wildlife: first porcelain ornament in planned series of Sedona birds and animals painted by Gateway To Sedona's founder, Victoria Oldham. Original watercolor painting of a male northern cardinal adapted to fire on white porcelain with ribbon to hang. See our article on the northern cardinal in Sedona, Arizona.
- Diameter: 2.87"
- Thickness: 0.156"
- Weight: 1.4 oz.
- Made of white porcelain
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.
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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