i've been in the field for 3 days and in need of an easy post.
pictured here, a texas short horned lizard, found in southeastern
arizona. they are beautiful! three species of horned lizards,
or "horny toads" as they are sometimes called,
can be found in maricopa county. a hike
at one of our nearby mountain park trails
will reveal a ubiquitous lizard
as of this morning at 11:00 pacific, black-tailed prairie dogs
have been returned to southeast arizona.
extirpated (local extinction) in the 1930s,
we have been without this component of our ecosystem for more
than half a century. after many years of paperwork and preparation,
a team of biologists worked to prepare the site,
capture prairie dogs from ted turner's ladder ranch in new mexico,
and transport 74 to the release site near sonoita
where they will hopefully thrive.
good luck little guys!