Remembering Baxter Black
Cowboy poet Baxter Black rode bulls in high school and college. He went on to become a large animal veterinarian for ranchers and cowboys across the west. For two decades he was a regular on NPR's Morning Edition and hosted his own radio show. He's sold more than a million copies of his cowboy poetry and philosophy. Baxter Black died on June 10, 2022.
If you are a city dweller and looking to ‘get away from it all’ there is a place where water runs through thousand-foot canyon walls year-round, wildlife including desert bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds live among shady cottonwoods, and it's only a couple of hours from both Tucson and Phoenix. This is the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness.
The hot and humid monsoon sends a lot of people looking for cover and relief indoors, but it’s an ideal time for many critters to explore the outdoors. They want a mate to procreate. In this story about the Sonoran desert, we take a look at some of the animals that depend on this torrential season to breed and produce the next generation in their species.