We are the resident volunteers at the Preserve and are responsible for operating the visitor center and assisting the visitors enjoy their stay. This is a major birding area this time of the year and we have been averaging 40-50 people a day from all over the country. It appears that many visitors from the surrounding area come here specifically while folks from further away include this as one of the stops on their AZ trip!
|Sonoita Creek in the Preserve|
|Sonoita Creek wash east of the Preserve|
The316 acre preserve is operated by the Nature Conservancy and is one of several properties in this area. Each is a unique piece and offers the visitor a wonderful experience in enjoying natural AZ features. We are looking forward to visiting the other properties in this and other regions. This is the only preserve in AZ that has the volunteer resident program, but we will be looking at other Nature Conservancy properties that might have the program. What a hoot, it would be find that Blowing Rocks Preserve in Jupiter FL has a resident volunteer program!
|The Railroad Trail in the Preserve today!|
We took a day last week and went exploring. Patagonia Lake is about 8 miles west of us and was formed when they dammed up the Creek in the 1950's. It is a long fairly large lake that has value as a flood control facility and a recreation area. It has a nice RV park and a first class boat launch, along with some great birding trails.
|The bad part of Flux Canyon Road|
|The better portion of Flux Canyon road. Abandoned mine behind the Jeep !|
Following are some more pics from that day of adventure. We both are looking forward to some more exploring while we are here the next several months.
|Another one of the abandoned mines|
|Another beautiful view!|
|Some homes high in the mountains|
Always at home, no matter where we are!!