●  February 18, 2020 Edition:

 

Welcome New Board Members

The Preserve Vistoso Board recently welcomed four new Board members -- Gerald Bren (Somerset Canyon), Rick London (Desert Crest II), Crist Stevenson (Desert Crest II), and Patricia Sturmon (Summit South). Rick London will serve as the Board’s Treasurer and Patricia Sturmon assumes communications leadership.

Wildlife Spotting on the Former Vistoso Golf Course

When Preserve Vistoso Board members contact conservation groups and other organizations to tell them about our efforts to preserve the former Vistoso Golf Course as a nature preserve, we often are asked about wildlife on the course. Gordon Parkhill (Desert Crest II) and his wife, Anita, compiled an extensive list of wildlife on the former golf course -- mammals, birds and reptiles-- while sitting on their patio in mornings. They also captured an amazing array of night wildlife with a camera looking out to the natural area beyond their fence. 

 

The Parkhills spotted the following mammals -- Mule Deer, Bobcat, Coyote, Harris' Antelope Squirrel, Desert Cottontail Rabbit, Black-Tailed Jackrabbit, Javelina and Gray Fox.

 

Birds are even more numerous -- Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Greater Roadrunner, Gambel's Quail, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-Backed Woodpecker, Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Cactus Wren, Great Horned Owl, Western Screech-Owl, American Kestrel, Cooper's Hawk, Harris Hawk, Vermillion Flycatcher, Curved-Billed Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, Morning Dove, White-winged Dove, Common Raven, Chipping Sparrow, House Finch, White-Crowned Sparrow, Western Tanager, Albert's Towhee, Lesser Goldfinch, Hooded Oriole and Verdin.

 

Reptiles include -- Western Rattlesnake, Arizona Ground snake, Regal Horned Lizard, Gila Monster and other lizards.

 

We need to protect the former Vistoso Golf Course as a nature preserve and community trail and protect our desert wildlife. So thank you Gordon and Anita. If you have spotted any other wildlife, we’d like to know. Send us a note at preservevistoso@gmail.com

Let’s Recruit More Members

Do you have friends who live in Oro Valley who don’t know about our efforts to keep the former Vistoso Golf Course as a nature preserve and community trail? If so, let them know about the need for more parks and recreational areas in Oro Valley and suggest they join Preserve Vistoso preservevistoso.org Community support is critical to our efforts.