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.


115 Pieces

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The desert bighorn is found in the arid regions of the western and southwestern US and across the border in Mexico. Its scientific name is Ovis can...

  • Added: May 22, 2020
  • Length: 05:08
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Searching our pantry and chest freezer has been quite an adventure. We’ve even found some unlabeled items in the freezer. “What do you suppose that...

  • Added: May 18, 2020
  • Length: 05:22
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We have always tried to get out to hike and picnic in wild places around us here in Cochise County, Arizona. I still go out by myself to botanize a...

  • Added: May 18, 2020
  • Length: 05:02
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There are several species of Marah found in the western US, but only M. gilensis in Arizona. I call it wild cucumber, but another common name is ma...

  • Added: May 18, 2020
  • Length: 04:39
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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 in...

  • Added: May 18, 2020
  • Length: 05:07
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I like the name sumac. I learned it when I was a kid in Kentucky. The most talked about sumac of my youth was poison sumac or poison ivy, but there...

  • Added: May 04, 2020
  • Length: 05:40
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What is it about sycamore trees? When I mention a sycamore or show a photo of one to someone, invariably they declare their love of the tree. Well,...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 04:55
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March really is the month of change around all of us in the borderlands of southeastern Arizona. How fun to celebrate the arrival of turkey vulture...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2020
  • Length: 04:48
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Where we live in southeastern Arizona it has been a very wet winter with rain out in the flats and snow in the hills and mountains. All that moistu...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 05:20
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My goodness, there are times that I so miss the Sonoran Desert, especially when I leave the desert grassland and get into the diverse vegetation th...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2020
  • Length: 05:10
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When I was little boy I thought the name yellow-bellied sapsucker was the funniest thing I’d ever heard and though I did know it was some sort of b...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2020
  • Length: 05:23
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I enjoy hearing friends talk about the plants that they’ve seen on walks or hikes and when we share our enthusiasm the jabbering is so sweet.

  • Added: Feb 09, 2020
  • Length: 04:49
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Desert anemone (Anemone tuberosa) is in the Buttercup Family. Buttercups are the genus Ranuculus and the family name is Ranunculaceae. It’s probabl...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2020
  • Length: 05:01
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Whenever I do of my “pictures and stories” presentations I always show some photos of our chickens, followed by photos of some of the wildlife they...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2020
  • Length: 05:16
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This week, Petey talks about his experience at the March on Frankfort.

  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 05:28
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There are five species of mistletoe found in Arizona and they all can be found somewhere in southern Arizona at various elevations and on different...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2020
  • Length: 05:12
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Eumorpha typhon or the Typhon sphinx moth is out and about from June to August in the borderlands. I realized very quickly that we had everything t...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2020
  • Length: 05:10
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There is a road across the grassland and I still go there for stories. I suspect that everyone needs a road or trail or special wild place that mak...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2020
  • Length: 04:51
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We love our annual tree hunt and it’s been going on for a long time. I have 35 mm slides of hunts from 30 years ago…kids and dogs and Christmas trees.

  • Added: Dec 19, 2019
  • Length: 05:51
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Can you believe I was whining about rainfall? It’s funny because as Ms. Mesquitey and I were driving to and from Cascabel we talked about coming ba...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2019
  • Length: 05:07