We are pleased to announce the availability of a new book about the Ironwood Forest National Monumentand the Sonoran Desert. Dr. Royce Ballinger, former Board of Directors member for the Friends of Ironwood Forest, retired professor of herpetology at the University of Nebraska, and resident of Marana, has put together the definitive introduction to the natural history of the Ironwood Forest. In addition to being a good read, the book features the stunning photography of Young Cage.
This book is self published locally and can be purchased through Rusty Lizard Press P.O. Box 68058, Oro Valley, AZ 85737. $35 (check or money order); plus shipping and handling ($5 priority mail anywhere in U.S.; we only ship priority). Inquiries at [email protected].
“…a wonderful introduction to…geography, plants, animals…scientifically accurate but…easy to read…will make you want to visit in person…”
— Dr. Mark Dimmitt, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum naturalist retired and lead scientist for initial biological survey of IFNM
Articles and Research
- Ironwood Forest National Monument Natural History Synopsis
- Desert Ironwood Primer: Biodiversity and Uses Associated with Ancient Legume and Cactus Forests in the Sonoran Desert
- “the Tree of Life”, by Gary Paul Nabhan, June 2000
- Distribution and Density of Desert Tortoises at Ironwood Forest National Monument
- Nichol Turk’s Head Cactus (Echinocactus horizonthalonius var. nicholii) 5-Year Review: Summary and Evaluation
- What in the world is Cochineal?
- Avra Valley Succulent Plant List
- Cardinals and Phyrrhuluxia
- Bringing Landscapes to the Forefront at the BLM
- North Tucson Living – Ironwood Forest
Archaeology of the Ironwood Forest National Monument and the surrounding Tucson Basin
An introduction for teachers and parents of young children. Includes games and activities.
How to use this guide
This guide is a very basic introduction to the study of archaeology for young people, ages 6 to 16. It exposes students to several ways to better understand the things people in the past left behind, and thus the people themselves.
- Historic Timeline & Study of the Stratigraphic Periods
- Classroom & Home Activities
- Pottery and Shell Designs & Symbols
- References & Recommended Reading