Flagstaff, AZ – Pinyon jays have developed a special relationship with their namesake, pinyon pines. For the last 40 years scientists at Northern Arizona University have studied more than 25 hundred birds to find out exactly how this relationship works.
Flagstaff, AZ – The snow arrived in Flagstaff this year right on schedule-for a normal year. A Pacific storm system dumped 17 inches at the airport and more than 3 feet on the nearby San Francisco Peaks. But it took us by surprise, since normal years have become so rare. Just when we've learned to expect long, dry winters, it snows enough to give us hope. And if you're looking for snow in Arizona, you live on hope...
The Arizona Snowbowl opens tomorrow after being blanketed with several feet of natural snow. Yesterday, in Pasadena, the 9th circuit court of appeals heard arguments in the latest chapter in the ski area's longstanding legal effort to make artificial snow using reclaimed wastewater. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – The red crossbill is a bird with a complicated life story. Scientists are just beginning to understand it.
Some parts of the story are simple. True to its name, this large red finch has a crossed bill. Actually, it's the tips of its bill that are crossed like cheap tweezers, all the better to pry open the scales of unripened pine cones and reach its favorite food of pine seeds.