Many of you may remember the fire on Sentinel Peak in 2017 during the 4th of July fireworks. That year the slope was dry from the late monsoon season and embers from fireworks sparked a fire on the southern slope of the hill. Tucson Fire put the fire out, but not before about 5 acres … More Sentinel Peak Buffelgrass Fire Update
When asked to describe a desert, people usually respond with: dry, hot, null of life. Far from the truth, the Sonoran Desert is actually one of the most diverse desert ecosystems in the world and that is largely due to our weather. Many newcomers are surprised to learn that the Sonoran Desert does not have … More Can You Sense the Season?
Yes, a butterfly is an arthropod and makes for a cute Halloween costume but let’s dive a little deeper into the often overlooked and misunderstood critters found in this phylum and discover why you should dress up as an amazing arthropod this spooky season! Arthropods are the most diverse group of creatures on the planet, … More Amazing Arthropods: Creepy Critters or Misunderstood Marvels?
Editors Note: We have reworded the paragraph regarding where to harvest prickly pear fruit here in Tucson. We would like to apologize for not including the very relevant fact that harvesting prickly pear fruit has been a traditional practice for generations for Native Americans. We are thankful for the continued education and shared knowledge from … More Let’s Get to the Fruit of the Matter: Prickly Pear Harvesting 101
Photo: Miguel Vigil I see nothing but darkness. It is stiff, poking and jabbing me at all sides. From above, cold liquid begins to seep in and surround me. The cool is refreshing, invigorating even, yet the way it wraps around me brings forth a small knot of anxiety. The liquid continues to flow, with … More Two Saguaros: A Sonoran Desert Story
“Thank you, Next” to single-use plastics. It’s 2019 and we are here for the reusable products only revolution! Earth Day has come and gone (even though truthfully, every day is Earth Day) but did you know that we are in the middle of Plastic Free July? The Desert Museum is partaking in the 31-day Plastic-Free … More Let’s Pass on Plastic
“Men still live who, in their youth, remember pigeons; trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a few decades hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know.” —Aldo Leopold, “On a Monument to the Pigeon,” 1947 In this excerpt, Aldo … More The E Word(s): Endangered to Extinct