Science at Tumamoc Hill

Hello everyone! I am currently in a multimedia class for my journalism degree and I produced this video about Tumamoc Hill, a small little hill located southwest of downtown Tucson. The video is a little rough around the edges and my camera isn’t the best at video, but I’m still learning. I’ve also written a conjoining story to go along with the video, in case … Continue reading Science at Tumamoc Hill

Pumpkin and apple picking at Apple Annie’s

Happy Halloween! As I write this post, it is Halloween day, so Happy Halloween! What’s a better topic to talk about than pumpkin picking at a local pumpkin patch?? The weekend before Halloween, my family and I visited Apple Annie’s in Wilcox, Ariz. (about an hour and a half from Tucson). Apple Annie’s is a farm with pumpkin and vegetable patches (like peppers, zucchini’s, tomatoes, … Continue reading Pumpkin and apple picking at Apple Annie’s

The American Bullfrog: The Frog that Eats Its Own

I wrote a story about a frog… and it is honestly one of my favorite stories out of everything that I have ever written! It’s about the American Bullfrog and, without giving away too much detail, the scientists that I encountered while writing this piece were just as peculiar as the frogs themselves. Imagine brief, hot summer rains in the American southwest. The hum of … Continue reading The American Bullfrog: The Frog that Eats Its Own

Back to School (+ Tips)

I started my senior year of college! It’s back to school for most students across the United States and parents couldn’t be happier, while teachers couldn’t be more stressed out. Back to school is a time of new beginnings, remembering old memories and friends, and looking to the future. I can’t believe that I am already a senior in college. The time has gone by … Continue reading Back to School (+ Tips)

Are Your Lights On?

Look up. Into the sky; into the stars. There is a vast universe out there, and thousands of astronomers throughout this planet are dedicated to discovering its secrets. Tucson, Arizona is home to some of the most advancing astronomical technologies and highest visited astronomy viewing sites in the world. Many Tucsonans and travelers have visited local observatories, such as Kitt Peak and Mount Lemmon, and … Continue reading Are Your Lights On?

Tucson’s Mission Garden

9 a.m. The alarm clock blares. Dirty, dusty shoes are pulled on. Later, sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses. It’s Saturday. On Saturdays and Sunday’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers travel to the base of “A” Mountain to pull weeds and pick the ripest of fruits and vegetables at the Mission Garden. “We’ve developed gardens trying to honor all of the cultures that … Continue reading Tucson’s Mission Garden

The Downfall of a Southwestern Icon?

Giant. Majestic. Old. And, brown? Deep in the Sonoran Desert near Gila Bend, Arizona, the giant saguaro cactuses thrive. Or they once did. Driving along the 8-Interstate, visitors pass miles of saguaro forests, where these towering cactuses dominate the rocky and arid landscape. In past decades, the saguaro is a green stripe in the surrounding brown region. In spring of 2017, however, these cactuses were … Continue reading The Downfall of a Southwestern Icon?

Water Effects on the Southwestern Springtime

In early March 2017 rain spattered across the Sonoran Desert. At Tumamoc Hill near Tucson, Arizona, seedlings and flowers sprung up atop the hillside research center. A week after the rains temperatures reached mid-90 degrees Fahrenheit for several days. The seedlings and flowers atop Tumamoc Hill sweltered and died in the heat. During that time, the region experienced little rain. “It looked like it was … Continue reading Water Effects on the Southwestern Springtime