Growing Native with Petey Mesquitey

Series produced by KXCI

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Petey Mesquitey is KXCI’s resident storyteller.

Every week since the spring of 1992 Petey has delighted KXCI listeners with slide shows and poems, stories and songs about flora, fauna, family and the glory of living in southern Arizona.


84 Pieces

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I’m telling you, late summer and fall are great times to get out into the hills, especially if you want to find interesting plants. While you’re ou...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 05:02
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Cliffrose is the star of this show. It also goes by the common name quinine bush or the scientific name of Purshia mexicana. If you look at a map o...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 10:12
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You know you haven’t been hiking or botanizing out in the desert or grassland enough when you look to the roadsides for interesting plants, but I’l...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 05:13
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This the start of my “mud dauber research” as I have much to learn about these wasps that fly around the Mesquitey collection of cool stuff (the ki...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 05:12
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Well, I spent so much time jabbering about my conversion to a desert rat and monsoon believer that I left some stuff out and so here is what I left...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 04:55
Caption: The photos are mine. I doubt the snake enjoyed having its meal interrupted by a dude with a camera, but my goodness, isn’t it a beautiful snake? Even with its mouth full!
The scientific name for our gopher snake (or gophersnake. I’ve seen it written both ways) is Pituophis catenifer. The genus looks like a combinatio...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2019
  • Length: 05:31
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It’s always fun to have a quest when headed into the hills. It’s okay if the search doesn’t work out. It’s like the great old line, “getting ther...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2019
  • Length: 05:32
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I don’t know any poultry fanciers that don’t have a guinea fowl story or two or three. Chickens are where it usually starts as they are the gateway...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 05:10
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I wrote this song about Lycium fremontii when I was managing the native plant nursery of Desert Survivors on West Starr Pass in Tucson. The nursery...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 05:12
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So many native plants are ready for some of that monsoonal moisture and I am too. Come on summer rains!

  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 04:55
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Mala Mujer or Cnidoscolus angustidens is an interesting plant in Euphorbiaceae, the spurge family. It’s found in southeastern Arizona and south in...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 05:09
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I revealed most of my personal chicken history in this show. It is an ongoing saga, though I am much more in control of my crazy love for chickens....

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 04:46
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Caption: The photo is mine and that’s Ms. Mesquitey along the San Pedro River. The bird song along that riparian corridor is unbelievable and we spent some time trying to identify certain calls and songs.
I guess I don’t have a whole lot more to add about this show. Well, I have been known to sing a little better than this.

  • Added: May 16, 2019
  • Length: 04:37
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I do love wandering around little towns and Willcox is a fun one to poke around in. And it is true that the town of Willcox is an excellent base c...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 05:06
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I know that being in the moment or being here now is important, but I confess to spending a lot of time wanting to be there now and I’ll be happy t...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 05:03
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Oh my goodness, there are beetles, bees and moths that visit the open flowers of Calylophus harwegii from late afternoon and through the night. Som...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 05:45
Caption: The photos of Penstemon fendleri are mine and taken at our little homestead.
Well, I was a little worried, but I was pretty close on the number of Penstemon species in Arizona. There are close to forty. Arizona Flora lists t...

  • Added: May 16, 2019
  • Length: 04:47
Caption: The photo is mine of a white flower atop a branch of Fendlera. Around you and me in the borderlands, you find this tall stemmed woody shrub from 4,000’ to 7,000’ on rocky slopes. It usually done blooming come June, so there is still time to catch it in bl
I sure talk about a lot different flora and fauna. From three species of quail, to canyon wrens, to Yarrows spiny lizards, to bristlehead (Carphoch...

  • Added: May 16, 2019
  • Length: 05:30
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There are 13 species of oaks found in Arizona and they range from 3,000 to 8,000 feet in elevation across the state. The only one I haven’t seen i...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2019
  • Length: 05:07
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Snow is such an exciting event for those of us living in southern Arizona and when it does snow the local jabber is always about famous snow falls ...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2019
  • Length: 05:07