Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.

Wildlife

January 09. 2017

Delighted, for the past month we have had the pleasure of rare sightings of a Peregrine Falcon [falco peregrinus]. It is listed as an endangered species.

Here are a few photos.

photo: on the Arcosanti crane, December 9. 2016.

[photos by Sue Kirsch]


photo: in flight over the East Crescent, December 24. 2016.

photo: on top of the Arcosanti crane, December 25. 2016.


November 19. 2010

Something has been stealing some of our chickens and the culprit may just be this young eagle, sighted in camp, right near the chicken run, in the afternoon of Sunday, November 14. 2010.

Eagles are a very rare sight here at Arcosanti, this happy photographer has seen only three in the last 32 years.


April 23. 2010

? Last week, on April 15. 2010, David Tollas looked out across the valley below his apartment in the Foundry Apse.
Can you see ... ?


? ... the beautiful big cat, a Lynx. This is a rare sighting and a very lucky shot. Congratulations!


September 12. 2008

? Correction: This is a wild Bob Tail Cat or Lynx, not as earlier reported, a young mountain lion.
Arcosanti resident Kip Hersted got a very lucky early morning photo of a young Bob Tail Cat or Lynx in the Minds Garden, north of the East Crescent.
"The young lynx was playing with a rabbit, just like a house cat", said Kip. ? Correction: This is a wild Bob Tail Cat or Lynx, not as earlier reported, a young mountain lion.
Arcosanti resident Kip Hersted got a very lucky early morning photo of a young Bob Tail Cat or Lynx in the Minds Garden, north of the East Crescent.
"The young lynx was playing with a rabbit, just like a house cat", said Kip.
The black cat in the foreground is one of the Arcosanti cats. According to Kip, it stood it's ground bravely, declaring territory to the much larger cat.


February 11. 2008

? Last week five TUNDRA SWANS graced Arcosanti's seasonal lake, resting for a few days on their way north.

This wonderful photo was taken by archive volunteer Darina Trendafilova.

Report on the awesome performance of Andreas Kapsalis Trio will be posted on 2/13/08.


? Last week five TUNDRA SWANS graced Arcosanti's seasonal lake, resting for a few days on their way north.

This wonderful photo was taken by archive volunteer Darina Trendafilova.

Report on the awesome performance of Andreas Kapsalis Trio will be posted on 2/13/08.


October 22. 2004

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The Arcosanti gardens, fields and orchards are surrounded by wild Highland Desert. When one hikes into this desert, awareness is of potential encounters with a rattlesnake, a group of wild pigs, skunks, a beautiful hawk floating overhead, an amazing diversity of birds and if moving with quiet stealth, possibly a bobcat. The Arcosanti chickens and their eggs are a great temptation for the natural predators in our desert neighborhood.?

The Arcosanti gardens, fields and orchards are surrounded by wild Highland Desert. When one hikes into this desert, awareness is of potential encounters with a rattlesnake, a group of wild pigs, skunks, a beautiful hawk floating overhead, an amazing diversity of birds and if moving with quiet stealth, possibly a bobcat. The Arcosanti chickens and their eggs are a great temptation for the natural predators in our desert neighborhood. A bobcat has been visiting and helping himself to chicken dinners. Since we have a no-gun rule at Arcosanti, the Agriculture crew set a cunning cage-trap with a rooster in another cage as bait ....
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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... and caught this beautiful bobcat.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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Agriculture manager Brad Crutchfield smiles. The bobcat was recovered by Southern Arizona Wildlife Conservationists for re-location.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]


May 05. 2004

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Life at Arcosanti is full of surprises. Every day seems to bring something new and interesting. And, since we are in the desert wilderness, rare and sometimes dangerous creatures visit. A green mojave rattlesnake hides in a cinderblock right next to the vaults. Arcosantis official snake handling team caught this beauty for relocation. And had a 'show and tell' demonstration at morning meeting to explain how to act when coming across a rattler. Don't run, stay calm and quiet, and withdraw gently.?

Life at Arcosanti is full of surprises. Every day seems to bring something new and interesting. And, since we are in the desert wilderness, rare and sometimes dangerous creatures visit. A green mojave rattlesnake hides in a cinderblock right next to the vaults. Arcosantis official snake handling team caught this beauty for relocation. And had a 'show and tell' demonstration at morning meeting to explain how to act when coming across a rattler. Don't run, stay calm and quiet, and withdraw gently.
[Photo & Text: sa]



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The Arizona road runner is normally a very shy bird. It's a lucky thing to get a glimpse. This visit of a roadrunner on the bakery terrace is definitely an occasion out of the ordinary.
[Photo & Text: sa]


April 07. 2004

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The architecture of a butterfly delights the eye and comprehension. This beauty visits the vine-leaves next to Easthousing.
[Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]

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The architecture of a butterfly delights the eye and comprehension. This beauty visits the vine-leaves next to Easthousing.
[Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: sa]


July 21. 2002


The bee colonies in the Arcosanti Gardens have been busy. The very light and tasty honey is harvested by putting the trays into a centrifugal extractor. [Photo & Text: SA]


Bee-keeper Tom Dobuovitch [right] is operating the hand-crank on the extractor. His helper is scraping the smoke-stunned bees from a tray before the tray gets inserted into the extractor. This is a very compact and efficient operation right on the back of Tom's pick-up truck. [Photo & Text: SA]


The honey harvest happened very timely. Or maybe this bear smelled it from far away. The bear has been an evening visitor in camp for a few days now and on his first visits took apart some of the bee colonies. Tom and resident Gregor Knauer had to build a sturdy new fence around the hives. [Photo: Stephen Ramsey & Text: SA]