Kingman wildlife series turns to habitat

A canyon tree frog is one of many difficult-to-find native species in Arizona. (Courtesy)

A canyon tree frog is one of many difficult-to-find native species in Arizona. (Courtesy)

KINGMAN - The work never ends for Arizona biologists in search of native species habitat.

"We continue to discover critters in remote areas, like the relict leopard frog," said Zen Mocarski, information and education program manager for the Game and Fish Region 3 office in Kingman.

The Summer Wildlife Series presentation "Native Fish and Aquatic Species Research" is set for 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kingman Mohave County Library at 3269 N. Burbank St.

"Research is important because we continue to learn about the diverse number of species that occur out there," Mocarski said. "There needs to be an understanding of where these critters can be found."

Seating capacity at the library is 52 and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis and when the capacity is reached the doors are locked.

David Partridge, a fish biologist in Region 3, will conduct the 45-minute presentation. The focus will be on native fish, frogs, and garter snakes in regional streams and creeks as well as information about beautiful riparian areas and perennial waters between Bagdad and Prescott.

"David's been to some extremely remote areas throughout Region 3 that few people know exist," Mocarski said. "There are many small oasis islands in Arizona that either support, or can support, native species. I think people will enjoy his talk."

Here's what's on tap later this summer: Black-footed Ferrets (June 27), Quail (July 11), Small Birds of the Desert (July 25), and Critters and Their Habitat (Aug. 8).

The library and Game and Fish office have schedule cards available.

The presentations will also be posted each week on the Region 3 Facebook site, which can be found by searching for AZGFD Kingman.

For more information, contact Mocarski at (928) 692-7700, ext. 2301 or email zmocarski@azgfd.gov.