Book Review: Tucson Mountain Wildlife Viewing Guide

Wildlife coverThe Tucson Mountain wildlife viewing guide is a well-written and abundantly illustrated 50-page, spiral-bound book written by Wendy Burroughs and published by Pima County.

The book provides maps of Tucson Mountain Park and nearby areas of interest.

Besides descriptions of specific animals, the guide teaches you to look for signs of animal presence (see two example pages below). The book discusses what you can expect to see by time of day, by season, and by habitats controlled by elevation. It discusses wildlife movements and activity patterns and also provides some safety tips for when you are hiking in the mountains.

It has dedicated sections with maps, photos, and descriptions of specific trails and viewing points within the Tucson Mountains. It also has a short section on frequently asked questions.

While this book is dedicated to the Tucson Mountains, the tips and information apply to wildlife in the city and suburbs as well. And, even if you don’t go out hiking, this book provides some interesting and educational information about our local wildlife.

The book was produced by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department and funded by a grant from Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Heritage Fund. The book is free, but it is apparently available only at the Pima County NRPR office at 3500 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741(520 877-6000).

For more information about Sonoran Desert wildlife and plants, check out my Article Index page.