Wildlife Cams: It’s a Snap to Get Started!

By Catherine Bartlett, Education Program Manager   At the Desert Museum, we use wildlife cameras (also known as trail cams or camera traps) in exhibits (to track health and activity of animals), in student research projects, and in partnership with the Sky Island Alliance’s FotoFauna Project. You too can capture backyard biodiversity with these devices. Give…

Swing into Spring with These 11 Beautiful Blooms

While it may not be a banner wildflower year in the Tucson metro area due to low germinating fall and winter rainfall, the desert is still blooming and awash in color and new growth. Swing into spring and look for these 11 blooming plants at the Desert Museum and in your neighborhood! Hedgehogs, Echinocereus The…

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…

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…

Siberia & the Sonoran Desert: A Cross-Continental Connection

What does the region of Siberia and the Sonoran Desert have in common? How is the Desert Museum connected to this remote region of the world? Many people are surprised to learn that the Desert Museum is known throughout the international community as a leader in regional displays, interpretation and education. Keep reading to learn…

To Bee or Not to Bee: 15 UnBEElievable Facts About Bees!

Have you heard the BUZZ? It’s National Honeybee Day! Step aside Beyoncé. Here are 15 facts about the “OG Queen Bees”!  1. All honeybees are bees but not all bees are honeybees! Honeybees are actually non-native to North America and were brought over in the 1600s from Europe. 2. Bees are found on every continent except Antarctica!…

Filthy, Stinking Niche: Vultures in the Ecosystem

Vultures have garnered perhaps the worst reputation of all birds worldwide. They’ve been blamed for killing cattle and stalking vulnerable prey.  And while they do scavenge upon what humans would label as filthy, gross meals, without the tidy housekeeping of vultures, any ecosystem would quickly be overrun by insects and diseases. If being maligned in…

Animal Migration in the Sonoran Desert Region

Many of us are anticipating the arrival of sun-seeking visitors from afar due to the holiday season. But what if your winter visitors had to swim 6,000 miles to get here? That is exactly what our region’s largest winter visitors do. Each winter, the Sonoran Desert bears witness to the greatest mammal migration on Earth….