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Sense of Place

Geos. 195D

Ft. Lowell

Ft. Lowell Park is one of the great city parks of Tucson, famous for many things:

  • The US Army post and museum
  • Soccer fields and the Great Ft. Lowell S·h·o·o·t·o·u·t
  • Good birding, including a duck pond
  • Spring's first kettles of vultures
    • click here for a delightful essay on the environmental imperative of vultures (password needed, ask Paul)
    • click here for a case example of how vultures regulate ecosystem health (password needed, ask Paul)
    • click here for a short article on vultures from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (password needed, ask Paul)
    A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, venue, kettle, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee, volt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • City swimming pool
  • Kiddie stuff
  • Hardy Ruin Hohokam
    • Remains of a Hohokam site: Click here for parts of a booklet about the Hardy Hohokam village, authored by Linda Gregonis (ask Paul for the password)
    • Why study Hohokam? Click here to see its relevance to modern society
    • How to build a pithouse? Click here to see construction of a Hohokam pithouse

2014: Hardy site pithouse.
Photo — Meghan Marriott

2016: Linda Gregonis,
at the Hardy Site
Pecan Grove: What Does it Mean to Grow Pecans Here?
(i.e., the "pros and cons of pecans")

Trees in rows:
The Ft. Lowell pecan grove

April 16, 2016:
Ft. Lowell pecans in new leaf
Pantano Wash
Formerly a water source for Hohokam, now a graveyard for cars and shopping carts.
2017: Click here for a Daily Star article on dumping cars and trash into Tucson washes.

April, 2008, a 1960s vintage Rambler in the Pantano, partially exhumed by the latest flooding. Note the veg coming out the gas tank. Photo — Gary Huckleberry

March, 2013, the Pantano Rambler, now stripped and eroding fast. Photo — Paul Sheppard

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