Our Spectacular Sonoran Sea

Seven Things to Know About Our Desert Ocean Sometimes called “The World Aquarium,” The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, divides the Sonoran Desert into two halves with the Baja peninsula to the west and Arizona and Mexico to the east, and is an often overlooked component of the Desert ecosystem….

2020 in Hindsight

2020 still looms large, and though we are looking forward to what 2021 will bring, we must acknowledge that the pandemic continues, too many individuals and families are still struggling to meet their basic needs, and businesses and organizations the world over have suffered severe and unprecedented financial loss. Thanks to the generous support of…

Junior Docents become Earth Camp Conservation Stewards

By Catherine Bartlett and Amy Orchard  New challenges brought new opportunities for a cohort of teen volunteers at the Desert Museum. Due to COVID-19, in the spring of 2020 the Museum made the safe decision to pause all volunteer work which included having Junior Docents on grounds. The decision felt heartbreaking until the Education Team…

New Challenges and New Hope for the Sonoyta Mud Turtle

After being granted critical habitat protection earlier in 2020, the Sonoyta mud turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense longifemorale) faces a new threat: critically low water flow at the Quitobaquito Spring’s source and continuing drought and regional groundwater pumping. In the midst of growing geopolitical and ecological challenges in the borderlands, ten healthy Sonoyta mud turtles hatched at…

We’re Batty for Bats!

Na na na na na na na na na na … bats! A full moon rises over the saguaro cacti and rocky desert mountains on another day in the Sonoran Desert. But this day is special, because it is also October 31st, and the last day of International Bat Week! Celebrate with us by learning…

Vultures: Nature’s Curious Clean-up Committee

Vultures: Nature’s Curious Clean-up Committee What does a kettle, a committee, and a wake have in common? These are the names we give to groups of vultures!  Vultures (not to be confused with buzzards, which are actually European hawks) in flight are known as a kettle, a group of vultures feeding on carrion is said…

We Love Our Volunteers!

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and we couldn’t be more appreciative of our 600 active volunteers here at the Desert Museum! On average, our volunteers donate over 130,000 hours of their time (which is equivalent to 63 full time employees) a year! We have 39 volunteers who have been with the Museum 15…

50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! We thought it would be fun to dive deep into the history of this wonderful day as we commemorate its 50th Anniversary! Read on about Interpretive Programs Coordinator Phil Brown’s first hand experience during the beginnings of what we now celebrate as Earth Day. Today is Earth Day; in fact, it is the 50th Anniversary of…

Our Long Love Affair with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

With COVID-19 causing nonprofits across the nation to struggle, most are trying to adapt to these difficult times. The world as we knew it has changed, including the viability of local nonprofit organizations. Due to ongoing global uncertainty, no one knows when organizations will be allowed to reopen, or what the future looks like even…