Wild About Arizona
The official podcast of the Arizona Game and Fish Department
With 13 species of rattlesnake, Arizona is home to more species of the reptile than any other state. From common myths and misconceptions to interesting facts you probably never knew, we sit down with Tom Jones, Amphibians and Reptiles Program Manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department and dive into the world of the Arizona rattlesnake.
Arizona is home to 128 lakes and five major rivers, on this episode of Wild About Arizona we discuss the amazing boating opportunities the Grand Canyon state has to offer. From paddlesports and powerboats to staying safe on the water, we break it all down with Josh Hoffman, Boating Safety Education Coordinator at the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Today we explore how teachers, parents and students can learn about Arizona wildlife from a virtual or at-home environment. Eric Proctor, Wildlife Education Coordinator with the Arizona Game and Fish Department walks us through our education programs and teaches us a thing or two along the way.
On this episode of Wild About Arizona, we explore the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, one of the largest publicly operated ranges in the country. Founded in 1957, the range sits on 1,650 acres in north Phoenix, directly behind Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters. It averages more than 120,000 shooters per year. From outdoor archery to rifle/pistol and the clay target shotgun center, range manager Christopher Dean and range master Carl Cowgill take us through it all.
On this episode of Wild About Arizona, we dive into the world of social media at the Arizona Game and Fish Department. A full-time gig for our social media specialist Amy Gleich, we discuss some of the ways we engage with people on our social media platforms and how they can engage with the department, as well as some of the incredible photos and stories we’ve been able to share with people around Arizona and the globe.
On this episode of Wild About Arizona, we sit down with Stacey Sekscienski, wildlife conservation education center manager at AZGFD, and learn about the department’s desert tortoise adoption program. Nothing at a slow pace here! Learn how to build a burrow for your desert tortoise, how to adopt one, what to do if you encounter one in the wild, and what species call Arizona home.
Learn more about Desert Tortoise Adoption on the Arizona Game and Fish Department website.
On this episode of Wild About Arizona, we discuss the watchable wildlife program with Jeff Meyers, the watchable wildlife manager at the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Arizona is home to more wild species than any other inland state, and viewing that wildlife can be anything from a hobby to a profession. We discuss some of the most-viewed Arizona wildlife, wildlife viewing cameras and some of the best places to catch a glimpse.
Learn more about wildlife watching in Arizona on the Arizona Game and Fish Department website.