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The Fifth Season

Cenizo puts on a show during the rainy season. (Photo by Cathryn Hoyt)

In the Chihuahuan Desert region, we spend fall, winter, spring and summer dreaming of and talking about our fifth season—the rainy season. Local wags will tell you it starts on July 4th—with a crash of thunder, a gust of wind, and a torrential downpour that causes Independence Day celebrants to scurry for cover and ranchers to sigh in relief. What does this fifth season’s arrival mean for our plant and animal neighbors?