Jason Wilder was out looking for owls around Mount Elden one evening in June 2014. The Flagstaff biology professor noticed a tiny green light glowing on the forest floor, and in a careful search he found the light was coming from a flightless female firefly.
Every summer as people head outdoors, headlines inevitably tell of encounters and conflicts between humans and bears. Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Bear Aware program aims to educate people on coexisting with black bears, and helping keep the animals wild. The program now has more than 220 volunteers, and a website that offers many useful resources.
Scientists have noticed a sharp population decline in monarch butterflies migrating between Mexico and Canada. Flagstaff entomologist Mike Wagner wants to know if growing more milkweed will boost their numbers. Milkweed is a pollinator plant for many insects and the only plant on which monarchs will lay their eggs.
On a cloudy, windy day in June 1887, Edgar Mearns climbed Mount Humphreys, Arizona's highest peak. Taking shelter behind a pile of stones, he was joined by a broad-tailed hummingbird—a fitting companion for one of America's greatest ornithologists.