Every Wednesday, local Naturalist, Ethnobotanist, and Survival Expert Vincent Pinto leads our guests on a 1-hour Nature walk. His expertise is inspiring, as he discusses birds, a variety of rich habitats, edible plants, and Arizona’s famed Sky Islands. This Nature walk is a ranch-sponsored activity. It is a slow-paced, short walk designed to maximize your wildlife viewing and Nature observation opportunities.
Here is what Vincent recently had to say about the Circle Z Ranch property: “The expanse of wild areas encompassed by sprawling Circle Z Ranch is indeed inspiring to all who love Nature. Perennial stretches of Sonoita Creek are surrounded by a towering Fremont Cottonwood, Arizona Sycamore, and Southwestern Black Willow Riparian Forest. Many additional water-loving trees and other plants make for a particularly lush and jungle-like stretch of forest near the creek. Extensive Mesquite bosques (woodlands), Desert Scrub, and Grasslands cover the surrounding tablelands and foothills, making for diverse birding.”
Birding highlights include: Gray Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Great Egret, Black Vulture, Elf Owl, Gould’s Wild Turkey, Broad-billed and other Hummingbirds, Gila Woodpecker, wintering Hepatic Tanager, Eastern Bluebird, Gray Flycatcher, Vermillion Flycatcher, Chihuahuan Raven, Bridled Titmouse, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Lucy’s Warbler, Abert’s Towhee, Rufous-Winged Sparrow, Pyrrhuloxia. Lazuli Bunting, and Lawrence’s Goldfinch – to name a few!.
Wildlife highlights include: groups often can see Mountain Lion tracks (a few lucky groups have actually seen a lion!), White-nosed Coati (a tropical member of the Raccoon family), Collared Peccary (Javelina), Coues Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, and Arizona Grey Squirrel (nearly endemic to the state).”
Custom-made Nature Trips
For guests wanting to learn more of the diversity in southern Arizona, Vincent is available to lead half day and full day excursions from the ranch for an extra cost. He will custom-make your experience in Nature, designing it with your specific interests and abilities in mind. Beyond the beauty of Circle Z Ranch are many other local Nature destinations – each unique in its beauty, as well as flora and fauna. You can plan an excursion with Vincent before you arrive at Circle Z or during your stay. Here is your opportunity to explore a wide variety of Sky Islands habitats with this local expert!