What do ‘Goldie Locks’ and Rattlesnakes Have in Common?

They both like the temperature to be ‘just right’, of course! Puns aside – rattlesnakes, like many other animals here in the Sonoran Desert, practice a desert survival strategy known as avoidance. They refrain from exposure and surface activity when it’s too hot during southern Arizona’s summer months, and the cold limits their activity during … More What do ‘Goldie Locks’ and Rattlesnakes Have in Common?

Northern Jaguars: Over A Decade of Field Observations in the Mexico-US Borderlands

I have studied jaguars in northwest Mexico and southwest United States for the last 14 years. In 2003 I had the opportunity to study jaguars in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Sonora, Mexico, about 125 miles south of the international border. I was lucky to see two (one female and one male) and several mountain … More Northern Jaguars: Over A Decade of Field Observations in the Mexico-US Borderlands

3 Parks: 1 Partnership. Part 2.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, along with Organ Pipe National Monument and Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, have teamed up on a unique conservation and education project (funded by a grant from the National Park Service). The three organizations are uniting to help ensure species survival of Sonoyta pupfish (formally known as Quitobaquito pupfish) and the Sonoyta mud turtle.   Commonly referred … More 3 Parks: 1 Partnership. Part 2.

Ecological Scent Detection: Sniffing out the Elusive Pima Pineapple Cactus

The usefulness of detection dogs to our society seems just to grow and grow. Detection dogs have been trained to find explosives, illegal drugs, currency, gourmet fungus, human remains, contraband electronics, firearms, termites, bed bugs, cancerous tumors and low blood sugar emergencies in people with diabetes. And the dogs do this even if the scent … More Ecological Scent Detection: Sniffing out the Elusive Pima Pineapple Cactus