Phoenix, AZ – – Desert Botanical Garden is announcing its fall season with a dazzling array of exhibitions and events to help you enjoy the beauty of the desert. As the largest botanical garden in the southwest, the Garden is presenting a world-class season, including world-renowned artists, local musicians, vibrant dancers and dynamic festivals—all within the breathtaking setting of 50,000 desert plants.

Exhibit entry is membership or paid General admission

Fall Butterfly Exhibit
Sept. 30 – Nov. 19 | 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mighty monarch butterflies return on Sept. 30, and they are bringing friends! The exhibit invites visitors to take a closer look at the insects that care for and protect our desert environment. From pollinators to predators, insects have amazing powers and play a variety of roles in the desert. Become a plant protector to support and help protect beneficial insects and pollinators.

Larry Kornagay
Sept.22- Jan.7
Phoenix-based designer and artist Larry Kornegay exhibits more than 20 new works. Renowned for his artistry in a variety of materials, Larry Kornegay/ New Work presents both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork inspired by the natural world.

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Hassayampa Field Office invites the public’s comments on a proposed Recreation & Public Purposes Act (R&PP) lease of a 1,046-acre parcel in the Vulture Mountains area to the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department (MCPRD), for potential recreation development.

“The BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations as we pursue our multiple-use mission. This potential R&PP lease is an example of how partners can come together along with the community to formulate ideas that may potentially enhance the landscape,” said BLM Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas.

A small minnow, not much larger than a paper clip, is the newest weapon in the fight against mosquito borne diseases in Pima County, Arizona. The Gila Topminnow, a Federally protected fish that feeds on plants and small invertebrates, like aquatic mosquito larvae, is now serving Pima County as a vector control agent.

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Gila River Basin Native Fish Conservation Program, partnered with Pima County, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to secure a holding tank for the County to rear this endangered fish.   more...
TUCSON, Ariz. – Rose Canyon Lake campground on Mount Lemmon is temporarily closed pending a search by state and federal wildlife officials for a potentially rabid fox that bit a 12-year-old Tucson boy’s knee 5 p.m. Sunday.

The boy was treated for his wound and rabies at Tucson Medical Center and released. The fox ran off after biting the boy, who was playing with his dog at the time of the attack. The fox is assumed to still be in the area since they have relatively small territories.

“Boat safe, boat smart, boat sober”

TORTILLA FLAT, Ariz. —The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) will conduct a watercraft operating under the influence (OUI) checkpoint on Canyon Lake this weekend. The purpose of the checkpoint is to ensure people are operating their watercraft safely and responsibly and to apprehend those found to be operating their vessels under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Throughout the weekend, boaters may be required to pass through a checkpoint and be subject to a systematic safety inspection. Operators will be checked for any sign of impairment from alcohol or drugs and to ensure the required safety equipment, such as proper number of life jackets and working fire extinguishers, are aboard.

PHOENIX - Fire season is under way in Arizona and with Easter occurring April 16 followed by Memorial Day and its customary three-day weekend in late May, visitation is beginning to increase on the Tonto National Forest. Officials offer the following campfire tips to help practice fire safety.

Ø When possible, use an established campfire ring

Ø Clear the area down to bare soil

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