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Phainopepla LbNA #17741

Owner:Azroadie Contact
Plant date:Aug 29, 2005
Found by: JoySong
Last found: Nov 1, 2022
Hike distance:Unknown
Last edited:Jan 19, 2017
Walk difficulty: fairly easy, on a fairly flat dirt trail with a short up-hill portion.
Walking time: about 15 minutes one way
Stamp hand-carved
Status: alive and well on January 15, 2017

This box is in Case Park on the far east side of Tucson. The park is mostly a natural environment with a wonderful variety of Sonoran Desert trees, cactus and other plants, and birds. From central Tucson drive east on Broadway Blvd. and turn right (south) on Harrison Rd.; or drive east on 22nd St. and turn left (north) on Harrison Rd. Turn east on Kenyon Dr. Go to the end of Kenyon Dr. and turn left into Case Park and park there.

From the east side of the parking lot, walk east on the paved path for about 20 steps. Turn right on the dirt path and follow it as it goes past a utility pole and down to a sandy wash. When you reach the wash, turn right and walk in the wash for about 40 steps (keeping to the left) to where the trail leaves the wash to the left. Continue east on the trail as it gradually climbs to a low hill. At the top of the hill is a circular flat area with a moderate size Desert Willow Tree in the middle. From the north side of that tree, go at about 340 degrees (from mag. north) for about 9 or 10 steps to the start of a narrow trail. Walk down slope on that trail for about 64 steps. Look to your left and you will see a large green Palo Verde Tree slightly off the trail with mistletoe growing in its branches and Mormon Tea (Ephedra) growing under its south side. From the west side of that tree, go at about 266 degrees for about 25 steps to a fallen dead tree. The box is nestled under its northeast end under a pile of twigs and plant debris. Be alert for snakes and scorpions, and, watch carefully for live and dead Cholla Cactus which are numerous in this area.

Please be sure the contents are double ziplocked when you put them back in the box (ie. the stamp is in a ziploc, the book is in a ziploc, and the two are in the larger ziploc) and put all of it INSIDE the box. Please rehide the box well under twigs and plant debris so that it can not be seen from any direction.

A Phainopepla is a shiny black bird about the same size and shape as a Cardinal. They are commonly seen in the Sonoran Desert on the highest tips of Mesquite Trees.

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