Santa Cruz River - Tucson, Arizona

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The Santa Cruz river flows north close to our offices.  From the bridge above, at Ina Road,  it

appears almost dry, but Tim and I discovered that there is a waterfall almost directly

underneath the bridge, with a drop of at least 8 feet.

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Santa Cruz River Waterfall

Much of the Santa Cruz river water flow at this point comes from a nearby sewage treatment plant

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Great Blue Heron

These are long-necked bird that stand about 4 feet tall, with a 5.5-6.5 foot wingspan.

They are seen at many of the wetlands here in Tucson - although they do nest here, they are uncommon

in Tucson during the hot summers.

[http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/2006/09/05/great-blue-heron/]

Pied-billed Grebe nesting

Pied-billed Grebe nesting in the Sweetwater Wetlands

[http://www.flickr.com/photos/49199801@N02/5959770678/]

ducks

The Sweetwater Wetlands is a water treatment facility a couple of miles south of our offices.

It a riparian zone that supports a huge variety of wildlife.

[http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater]

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There is a lot of other wildlife in the Santa Cruz River

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Just kidding!  The alligator photos here were taken by our neighbor Bob

on one of his visits to New Orleans.


Just seeing if you are paying attention :)