Best Urban Wildlife Walk 

Colonia Solana neighborhood at Arroyo Chico wash

Staff Pick

Many a startled motorist has noticed that there is a pack of urban coyotes that calls the central stretch of Broadway Boulevard home. Enjoyed by some, feared by others, these cosmopolitan critters are a symbol of the vibrant desert ecosystem that has adapted to life in the big city. The neighborhood bordering the Arroyo Chico wash just south of Broadway--known as Colonia Solana--is particularly blessed with natural wonders. In addition to its canine citizens, the area teems with quail, round-tailed ground squirrels, whiptail lizards and rabbits. Keen-eyed folks might even spot a resident hawk family. It's worth mentioning that the coyotes have been the subject of controversy, since they've gotten used to having humans around; keeping some distance from the critters is safest for everyone, and will help keep this urban ecosystem intact for future generations.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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