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 … More Filthy, Stinking Niche: Vultures in the Ecosystem

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. … More Animal Migration in the Sonoran Desert Region

Mad Hops: It’s Grasshopper Season

Grasshoppers are intriguing creatures at any age. Owing to their size, ubiquity, and nonthreatening reputations, they are often the first insects a child will pick up. In school, grasshoppers are used as model organisms for teaching insect morphology and are often the first in a semester series of animal dissections. However, even with a lifetime … More Mad Hops: It’s Grasshopper Season