What was Woodbury Fire’s impact on wildlife?

The Woodbury Fire burned nearly 124,000 acres, much of it in the Superstition Wilderness Area, from early June through mid-July. [Related links: https://apachejunctionindependent.com/?s=woodbury+fire] Because of the popularity of this area among hikers, hunters and wildlife watchers, many people are asking — according to a release from the Arizona Game and Fish Department — what damage […]

Making a home for fish in the desert takes a little help, a lot of PVC

At Bartlett Lake and other reservoirs around the state, Arizona Game and Fish Department volunteers are building plastic cubes to serve as fish habitat. The “fish cities” are called Georgia cubes, which were first developed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The cube’s design looks like a long-lost prop from a cheap sci-fi movie. […]

Life jacket exchange events kick off Safe Boating Week May 18

Safe Boating Week is on the horizon and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will kick off the national campaign locally with multiple life jacket exchange events at area lakes Saturday, May 18. Now in its 11th year, the Life Jacket Exchange program allows people with an old, worn out life jacket to swap it […]

Laura Orscheln speaks about wildlife of the Superstition Foothills, Jan. 23

Learn about wildlife seen hiking the trails of the Superstition Wilderness Area and the Superstition Foothills areas of the Sonoran Desert. Laura Orscheln, wildlife manager of the local Unit 24B for Arizona Game and Fish Department, will give a presentation on Jan. 23 for the SALT Speakers Series at the Multi-generational Center, room B-117, 1035 […]

Birds of the Superstition Mountains: Nov. 14 in Apache Junction

Learn Arizona bird songs and laugh at — or along with — Amy Burnett of the Arizona Game and Fish Department during SALT Speaker Series on Nov. 14. Ms. Burnett is a lifelong bird watcher and self-proclaimed bird nerd and bird call imitator, according to a press release. In this colorful presentation, she’ll focus on […]

Zieler: Rural Arizona needs strong voice in wildlife conservation

As the newly appointed chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, I want to give the people of rural Arizona a stronger voice in the conservation of wildlife. As a longtime resident of rural Arizona, I’m proud to represent all the small-town residents, farmers, ranchers and families who live throughout the less-populated areas of […]

Arizona Game and Fish to offer Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop

For women who want to learn more about the outdoors experience, signing up for a Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop is where they can start. The Arizona Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will conduct its next BOW workshop Sept. 7-9 at Friendly Pines Camp near Prescott, according to […]

Guests to see birds of the summer at arboretum

A guided bird walk conducted by a representative of the Arizona Game and Fish Department will take place 6:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 37615 E. Arboretum Way, Superior. Chrissy Kondrat-Smith guides the search for violet-green swallow, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow warbler and other colorful species on the bird walk […]

Help Game and Fish Department assist thirsty wildlife during extreme drought

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has trucked or airlifted about 600,000 gallons of water to catchments throughout the state to assist wildlife during drought conditions since January. The public is asked to assist AZGFD in their efforts to ensure that elk, deer, bighorn sheep and countless species are refreshed by drinking at one of […]