Iain Emmons

When the Slide Fire hit Oak Creek Canyon in 2014, biologists were gravely concerned for the resident population of threatened narrow-headed gartersnakes. 

Michael Collier

Reconciliation ecology is a way to live in places we have already touched. It’s a strategy that acknowledges human presence, yet enhances the environment and improves wildlife habitat.  

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Researchers from Northern Arizona University put tiny fitness trackers on Arctic ground squirrels to track day-to-day movements. The results reveal how freezing weather and hungry babies shape their lives.

HawkWatch International

This year marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty, an agreement signed in 1916 to help conserve, protect, and manage migrating birds and their habitats throughout the U.S. and Canada. The 100th anniversary is a reminder that such birds play vital ecological roles. They are also good indicators of the health of our environment.

Melissa Sevigny

Prairie dogs are everywhere in northern Arizona, and so is the plague. The flea-borne disease can destroy whole colonies of prairie dogs, and that has big consequences for ecosystems. Because it’s impractical to vaccinate wild animals, biologists are trying out an edible plague vaccine. It’s a tasty kibble that prairie dogs can’t resist.