Wildlife habitat not only surrounds us, it permeates the neighborhoods of the Flagstaff area. Animals of all kinds live among us, moving along the Rio de Flag, through forested areas, and across grassy openings. As winter approaches, some migrate from higher elevations right through the human community to warmer places lower down or farther south. In spring they migrate back up again.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department created this pattern of wildlife linkages based on the records and observations of wildlife professionals with extensive field experience. (Click map to see it larger on another page.)
By gardening in harmony with nature, we can help sustain the wild creatures that live and move within these linkages. Planting native perennials, shrubs and trees harmonizes with the natural beauty of the Flagstaff area and supports the wild creatures that depend on them. Landscaping with native plants also creates stepping stones that connect patches of wild habitat to maintain the larger, more complex and diverse regional ecosystem. Such wildlife linkages are necessary for virtually all wild species to find food, shelter, and each other. Every garden matters, no matter how small.
Habitat Harmony is a Flagstaff organization founded on the recognition of the inherent value of the natural world. Its mission is to assist humans to live in harmony with wildlife.
To learn about birds of the Flagstaff and Sedona areas, visit the Northern Arizona Audubon Society website.
See locations designated as Watchable Wildlife Areas by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
For information and advice about gardening in harmony with wildlife, take a look at the Wildlife Gardening articles in National Wildlife Magazine.
Note: Map is framed by the boundaries of the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization. FMPO is the federal designation for cooperative transportation planning by the City of Flagstaff, Coconino County, and the State of Arizona.