I Love My Job!

The programs of the Environmental Education division of Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation were the feature story of this week’s Caliente insert of the Arizona Daily Star. The reporter did a great job detailing some of our activities geared to youngsters and families (though we offer a wide variety of programs for all ages).

I’ve joined an exceptional team of talented folks. We get paid to share the wonders of our amazing Sonoran Desert with the public.  It’s what I’ve been doing for most of my life, as many of you who’ve hiked with me can attest.

My belief is that if people understand something they’ll care about it and if they care about it they’ll take steps to protect or preserve it. So I like to try to help people understand…


Images from the article.

I’m on Antiques Roadshow!

Last year on May 30th I volunteered to help the crew film Antiques Roadshow here in Tucson. The first of three episodes finally aired on 03-28-16, the second on 04-04-16, and the final one should air on 04-11-16.

It was a very looong day, exacerbated by a small electrical fire that morning. I was on my feet from 6:30am until 7:30 that night! It was well worth it to meet the appraisers, watch the process, and see all the treasures folks brought in.

Did you know the appraisers are also volunteering? They do it for free, reaping the benefit of their names and company information broadcast on PBS. It is one of the highest rated series on PBS. Only the film/production crew members are paid (it is public television after all and the budget is tight).

As a volunteer I was permitted to bring in two items to get appraised. I now know that there is no danger of anyone selling off our family heirlooms – they aren’t worth a darn thing!

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That’s me with the blonde pony tail, blue shirt, tan shorts – and yes, the camera does add ten pounds (at least). Watch me artfully guide an attendee in the Tucson Hour 1 episode from 28:55 to 28:59. Priceless, I know.


The Almost Obituary of Wylie Ann Kitty

A certain someone is lucky to still be alive today. I came home last night after working 12 hours to find this:


My Thomas Edison Battery Oil bottle that I found while “Black Friday scavenging” with my Aunt and her friend was shattered on the floor. A 100-year-old antique bottle that had survived being thrown by the railroad tracks and had avoided being crushed by 1,200 pound bovines met its demise in my house, thanks to a rambunctious, young cat.


I believe she just used up another of her nine lives. Is this a guilty face or what?! Bad kitty, bad!



Prehistoric Human Prints Nearby

Exciting finds discovered by the team excavating the site of the new Sunset Road bridge: the oldest human footprints in the Southwest! You can read more in this article. Lucky for us, a flood covered the sets of footprints with mud preserving them. Preliminary dating suggests the adult, child, and dog were walking in their agricultural fields 2,500 to 3,000 years ago.

The archaeological survey also unearthed a more recent Hohokam settlement in the vicinity. Pima County is offering free tours of the site for the next few weeks.

If you’re interested in taking the tour, you better hurry since bridge construction commences this spring. Don’t fret about the loss of artifacts or the footprints, they will be preserved and further researched to glean more clues about these ancient Santa Cruz River Valley inhabitants.

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Me, on the Radio

Here’s my recent interview on local radio promoting Beat Back Buffelgrass Day. Many thanks to Dan’s skilled editing for keeping me comprehensible. And yes, I am painfully aware that I used up my lifetime supply of the word “great.” Isn’t that just great?!

Click on the link above to go to The Weekly Green page, the audio is at the bottom of the page.

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