Patagonia Creek Preserve

The Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is a Nature Conservancy site. This site has been preserved primarily for migrating and local birds but also supports a variety of wildlife. Southeastern Arizona is where the Sonoran and Chihauhuan Desrts as well as the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Madres come together and makes for a great diverse ecological area. This trip was taken in May 2008.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
As you can see from the rock formations, this area of Arizona was once under water. If memory serves that was 300 million years ago.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
The Sonoita - Patagonia road.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
Going at a full run.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
I have come to close for comfort for the white tail doe and she has bolted and is running to the right. Again the grass blends in so well with the deers coat…
Patagonia Creek Preserve
One of the many creeks that run through the area.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
The Nature Conservancy Preserve. The grass is called Sacaton. These grasses provide an important link between uplands and riparian areas.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
If you look directly at the center of this photo you will be able to make out a white tail dear. The doe blends in so well with the grass stalks, but you can…
Patagonia Creek Preserve
The Patagonia area is very lush by desert standards with a great many trees due to constantly running river beds.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
Last seen heading towards Nogales.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
This was the second Javalina I saw and it too bolted once I got too close.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
You can see that the fur on the back of this Javalina is raised. This is normal when the pig is either scared or angry. Luckily this young pig was scared and…
Patagonia Creek Preserve
The third Javalina.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
Walking the trail we encountered three Javalinas. Javalina's are wild pigs. I actually smelled them before I saw them.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
The remains of a Fremont Cottonwood tree. Artisans collect the remains of these trees to make crafts out of them.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
This is where the trail begins. A left was taken at the trail head.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
Vermilion Flycatcher taking flight.
Patagonia Creek Preserve
Summer Tanager.