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Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Sanctuary

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Sanctuary
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Sanctuary

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Sanctuary is a good example of a cottonwood-willow riparian forest and is one of the last permanent stream-bottom habitat areas in southern Arizona. The site retains a substantial part of the indigenous aquatic biota, including the endangered Gila topminnow. The birdlife includes several Mexican species and is the only known nesting site in the country for the rare rose-throated becard.

Location: Santa Cruz County, AZ

Year designated: 1970

Acres: 314

Ownership: Private

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Last Updated: June 28, 2012