South-East Arizona RFI

I’m going to S-E Arizona next weekend, mainly to the Chiricahuas though I fly into Phoenix. Does anyone have any advice on places for Grey-Collared Chipmunks (the closest I know of is Flagstaff Arboretum, which isn’t close), Hog-nosed Skunks, and anything else which might be exciting….




  • Alan

    Jon, no advice on those species I am afraid. But, we have been to Portal twice and know the area OK. There are puma sightings in that area once in a while. Collared peccaries and White-nosed Coati are common. It’s a great area for herps by the way. I know a bird guide in Portal that may have some insight on mammal spotting. Let me know if you are interested in his contact info.

    Have a good trip.

  • John Fox

    I looked for the Chipmunk at a state park around Eagar without any luck, but saw a couple on the side of the road on Rt. 191 going south from Eagar. Lot’s of driving for a maybe but not as far out of the way as Flagstaff, and 191 is an incredible road IMO.

    A bat guy said he saw a Hooded Skunk while we were netting along Cave Creek Rd. If I can find a decent map I can tell you exactly where it was, near Idlewild campground.

    Mexican Long-tongued Bats come to the hummingbird feeders at the research station (the shape of the tail membrane is the key). The station is a good place to stay if they have room.


    • Jon Hall

      Thanks John, yes any more info on the Skunk would be great. I have heard of another sitting near Cave Creek too so maybe that’s the place to look. And thanks for the tip on the Bats.

  • vdinets

    I wouldn’t recommend spending too much time chasing the chipmunk. It is very common on some New Mexican mountains (i. e. the Magdalenas). New Mexico has enough interesting mammals to be worth a special trip 🙂 Besides, there’s a good chance you’ll see it in Chiricahua Nat’l Monument.

  • Curtis Hart

    I’ve seen Hooded Skunks on the road I told you about in NM.

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