Walking Sticks No males? No problem. Short-horned walking sticks are parthenogenic, which means these bug beauties can reproduce sans males. Pepsis Wasp Female tarantula hawks can really pack a punch! Their sting is rated a 4 out of 4 on the Sting Pain Index. Honey Bee Girls. Do. Work. If you see a busy bee … More Interested in Insects?
Membership Who wouldn’t love getting to spend 365 days a year with our precious prairie dogs or javelinas? That’s exactly what you could give someone this season when you gift them a membership to the Museum! From now until the December 31, when you buy a membership you’ll receive an awesome Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum hat … More 4 Ways to Give The Sonoran Desert this Holiday Season
Packrats are absolutely vital to a healthy desert ecosystem. Packrats eat plant parts and seeds, and thus are seed and cactus dispersers (they help plants get started in new places). They not only help aerate soil, but their poop even helps fertilize the seeds! Additionally, packrats are food for bobcats, coyotes, owls, hawks and snakes. … More Packrats! What are they good for? Absolutely everything.
Help us celebrate Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by decorating a monarch butterfly in memory of a loved one. You can place it on our Monarch Butterfly Celebratory Altar located in the lobby of the Warden Oasis Theater. This year, we are celebrating and honoring the culture and tradition of Dia De … More Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos
Tumamoc Hill is a culturally and scientifically important site in Tucson. It’s an 860-acre ecological reserve and one of the oldest research stations in the world, much loved by the people of Tucson and operated by the University of Arizona College of Science in partnership with Pima County. The hill boasts at least 2,500 years … More Tackling Buffelgrass on Tumamoc
On October 20, 2017, the Sonoyta mud turtle will be officially listed as an endangered species by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. This listing comes exactly 99 days after the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum had three Sonoyta mud turtles hatch in captivity, marking the first ever successful captive breeding for this subspecies. Multiple factors … More 3 Parks: 1 Partnership Part Four
This year, like many years, Tucson put on a 4th of July fireworks display over A Mountain. This would not be a problem for a typical Sonoran Desert landscape that has natural open space among its scattered trees, shrubs, and cacti and thus a very low potential to burn. However, this hill that lies nestled … More Buffelgrass is Back (How to Help)