THE CHIRICAHUA WEB SITE
Welcome to the Chiricahua Web Site. This site is about the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. The Chiricahuas (pronounced : chee-ree-cah-wah, sometimes referred to as the cheery-cows) were part of the ancestral home of the Chiricahua Apaches, including Cochise and Geronimo. This mountain range has been called one of the most biological diverse areas in the United States. The Chiricahuas have been called by some "the Galapagos of the U.S." A number of unique biotic communities come together in the Chiricahuas, among them, Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts, Rocky Mountain influence from the north and Sierra Madrean influence from the south in Mexico. The Chiricahuas rise from surrounding desert scrub and semi-desert grasslands from 4,000 ft to over 9,700 ft at Chiricahua Peak, the highest summit in the Chiricahuas. This mountain range is approximately 20 miles wide and 40 miles long along its north-south alignment. Surrounded by a "sea" of semi-arid deserts, the Chiricahuas and a number of other mountain ranges in northern Mexico and southeastern Arizona make up an archipelago of "Sky Islands" and like a true island a diversity of plant and animal life can exist in the different habitats found in the sky islands. This site will focus on the unique blend of wildlife and habitats that come together in the Chiricahuas. There are different sections on specific kinds of wildlife including a "highlighted" species which will change every few weeks, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often.
Below are links to certain specific groups of wildlife as well as habitats and other sections:
Amphibians & Reptiles
Insects & other Arthropods
Habitat & Plants
The Bats of the Chiricahuas
Sky Island Weather
MILLENNIUM SPRING VIDEO
CSR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
SKY ISLAND VIDEO PRODUCTIONS
The Sky Island Web Site
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NOTE: The Chiricahua Web-Site does not endorse any of the advertisements other than those found directly on it's web pages. This site also does not endorse nor support the "Arizona Sky Village" development near Portal, AZ. The owners and developers of this development have copied and plagureized portions of this website in viloation of U.S. Copyright Laws.
All images and text on these pages are under the copyright of Charles S. Rau and CSR Nature Photography, none of the images may be copied, reproduced, downloaded or used without the express written permission of Charles S. Rau