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2011 has been designated as the international year of the bat, and there are concerted efforts to inform the public about the importance of these creatures.

Wildlife Officials Seek Volunteers to Help Count Bats

Bat count is an annual attempt to get estimates of population of two species.

Scarab or figeater beetles are common during the Sonoran desert's hot summer months when they come out to eat and breed.

Bright Green Beetle Makes a Sonoran Desert Appearance

Iridescent insect is active during summer months in Southern Arizona.

Water levels at the Colorado River basin.

Arizona Assured It Will Get Lake Mead Water, Flake Confirms

State has been banking part of its Colorado River allocation in case of drought.

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona.

National Parks at 100: Will Next Century Diversify Visitors?

Programs in the works to get more people of color, younger Americans to visit parks.

Agua Caliente Park Pond #1 July 2016

Pima County's Agua Caliente Park: Restoring a Desert Oasis

Geological change shuts down springs, depleting two desert ponds.

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona.

Grand Canyon Trust Creates Plan for Climate Change

'Southwest right in climate crosshairs ... a hotspot of projected change,' official says.

Looking down at Havasu Falls.

Petition Calls for New Grand Canyon National Monument

Environmentalists and Native Americans deliver 500,000 signatures to White House.

2016 Smokehouse Fire in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming.

Will High-Tech Cameras Replace Humans in Mountain Lookouts?

'Old-school' Arizona forest managers resist changeover, preferring human touch.

An intense rainstorm floods the mall on campus of the University of Arizona.

Tucson Recorded 1.59 Inches of Rain in June, Second Most

Rainfall total for month topped 1 inch two other times, including record 2.07 in 1938.

NOVA Fireworks Spiral Light

Fire Officials Warn of Dangers With 4th of July Celebration

Many holiday festivities could spark urban and wild fires if residents are not careful.

Proposal Pitches A New National Park in Arizona

Residents hope to turn Chiricahua National Monument into national park.

Brendan McDonough, former Granite Mountain Hotshots crew member.

Three Years After Yarnell Fire, Sense of Loss Lingers

'Arizona Week' hears from hotshot still mourning his 19 fallen brethren.

Brendan McDonough, former Granite Mountain Hotshots crew member.

Yarnell Anniversary: Hotshot Mourns Loss of 'My Brothers'

Hotshot Brendan McDonough discusses that day and his recovery in aftermath.

Weather Helps Slow Spread of Redington Fire East of Tucson

The 'Racetrack Fire' started Sunday, spread to 800 acres by Monday morning

When We Go Home, Power Use Goes Up

Air conditioning usage spikes when residential units are cranked up.

Desert Heat: Deaths, Rescuers and Ways to Stay Safe

4 people die in record 115-degree heat; how do Tucsonans cope?

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