RFI Arizona, April 2013
In late April I plan to visit Arizona for two weeks. The first week will be split between the Portal area and Medera Canyon in the SE of the state. I’ll then drive up to Seligman for a stab at Black-footed Ferret before returning to Phoenix for 4-5 nights.
There is already some fantastic information on mammalwatching.com, however I have several questions that I would appreciate some help with. I should mention that I’ve already visited the Grand Canyon so would prefer to see my targets in other places if possible.
Firstly, does anyone know any reliable sites for Abert’s Squirrel in the Flagstaff area other than the Arboretum (which will be closed to visitors at the time of my visit). Presumably they occur in any areas adjacent to the Arboretum? Any particular city parks I should check out?
Secondly, any good sites for Bighorn Sheep within striking distance of Phoenix?
As I’m spending time in Phoenix (not all of it mammal watching, unfortunately!), I would appreciate suggestions for any local sites that are good for mammals and herps. I already plan to visit the Gilbert Water Ranch and the Botanical Gardens.
I understand there is a large roost of Mexican Free-tails in Phoenix that can be watched emerging in the summer months. Are they likely to be back in late April?
Any other information on recent bat roosts/mammal sites in the Phoenix/SE Arizona/Flagstaff area greatly appreciated.