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A Day in the Field – Harden Cienega Creek Chub Monitoring

On April 24 -25, 2017, Department staff monitored for chub in upper Harden Cienega Creek. Chub were previously restricted to lower Harden Cienega Creek below a series of natural waterfalls. In 2015, Department staff moved chub above these waterfalls in… Continue Reading →

Meath Wash Pond Northern Leopard Frog Egg Translocation

In April 2017 the Department collected 2 Northern Leopard Frog egg masses from Truxton Springs and translocated them to Meath Wash Pond. The egg masses were placed in floating mesh baskets close to the shoreline until the tadpoles emerge. These… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field – Razorback Sucker Larval Collection

Every year, tens of thousands of Razorback Sucker larval fish are collected from Lake Mohave by Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Marsh and Associates, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and Arizona Game and Fish Department. Although these fish still… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month – Yaqui Catfish

Common Name: Yaqui Catfish Scientific Name: Ictalurus pricei Appearance: The Yaqui Catfish is very similar in appearance to the Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus). Coloration is dark gray to black dorsally while the underside of the fish is white to grayish…. Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field – Lime Creek Gila Topminnow Survey

On March 16, 2017, Arizona Game and Fish Department and Salt River Project staff surveyed for Gila Topminnow in Lime Creek, a tributary of the Verde River. During the survey, 133 Gila Topminnow and 114 Longfin Dace were captured using… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field- Lake Mohave Razorback Sucker Round-Up

This month was the annual Razorback Sucker Round-Up. During this event fish biologist from Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Marsh and Associates, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and Arizona Game and Fish all gather at Lake Mohave to set trammel… Continue Reading →

Featured Story- Desert Pupfish Stocking at International Wildlife Museum

On September 23, 2016, Arizona Game and Fish Department and International Wildlife Museum personnel returned approximately 365 Desert pupfish to the Museum’s native fish refuge pond in Tucson, AZ.  In a cooperative effort with the Arizona Game and Fish Department… Continue Reading →

Back at the Ponds- Chiricahua Leopard Frogs grow out at Bubbling Ponds

Since 2006 Bubbling Ponds Hatchery has been a grow out station for Chiricahua Leopard Frogs. The frogs are either brought to the hatchery as an egg mass or as early hatched tadpoles. The egg masses are generally collected from the… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month- Speckled Dace

Common Name: Speckled Dace Scientific Name: Rhinichthys osculus Appearance: Small minnow, rarely exceeding 7.6 cm (3.0 inches). Color varies from dusky yellow or olive with large black blotches to olive or grayish on back, fading to lighter underside; black spot… Continue Reading →

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