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
“We need to re-connect, re-connect with our symbiotic relationship with nature as well as fellow humans. We need to understand that we are interconnected with all of the environment just as cells are an interconnected part of our body.” Werner Janssen has been a volunteer for three years where many guests have had the … More The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: A Place of Healing
The Earth Conservation Internship is a program for urban youth in Tucson, AZ, to introduce them to the mission and the value of our National Forests. During the pilot programs in 2018, students learned about animals and plants of the Sonoran Desert at the Desert Museum, and then spent 4 days immersed in the wonders … More Earth Conservation Internship (Fall 2018)