New location for round-tailed ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus tereticaudus) in Arizona

A week ago I returned from a short trip where I focused on Arizona endemics and had the pleasure of meeting up with Jon Hall and Jose Gabriel.

The target for my final day was Round-tailed Ground Squirrel (Xerospermophilus tereticaudus). I searched iNaturalist for an additional option to Desert Botanical Garden and found Estrella Mountain Regional Park (at 1/4 the cost). Minutes after arriving I was able to see a pair along the main road in front of the Nature Center here and also a small group just to the right of the same building. A great way to close out the trip!

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  • Larry Chen

    My partner and I had them there as well! Happy to see that it’s making out to be a consistently reliable locale for the little guys 🙂

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