Tequila: Hills of Blue & Gold

Close your eyes and take a journey with me south of the border through rolling hills gleaming of azul (blue) and oro (gold). The blue patches covering every hillside are blue agaves, surrounded by grasses that shimmer like gold. The air is crisp and you discover yourself immersed in the charming town of Tequila, in…

Earth Conservation Internship (Spring 2018)

The penultimate week of March marked the start of the first ever Earth Conservation Internship, or ECI for short! This program was developed as a collaboration between the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the US Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation, Arizona Conservation Corps, Youth Career Connect, and Pima County One Stop. ECI aims to give high school students…

The Little Known World of Urban Bees 🐝

Bees and flowers go together like bread and butter. Bees are almost entirely dependent on flowers to meet their nutritional needs. Adult bees consume nectar to provide them with the energy they need to mate (if they are male) and to build and provision a nest (if they are female). Mother bees feed pollen to…

Our Experience – Junior Docents

The Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum Junior Docents, before heading to Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge worked on a wildlife camera project. They headed south to Ajo Road, then west to Three Points, then south through Altar Valley where they observed two wild Crested Caracaras swooping over their vehicles. They were surprised at how the desert…

Ina Road Bridge: More Than Just a Bridge, It’s a Home!

All over our community, people are working to live in better harmony with wildlife. A great example is the bat habitat designed for the new Ina Road Bridge. You may have seen Desert Museum docents teaching about bats as they emerge from their summer roosts under other bridges, such as the one at Campbell and…

Interested in Insects?

Walking Sticks No males? No problem. Short-horned walking sticks are parthenogenic, which means these bug beauties can reproduce sans males. Pepsis Wasp Female tarantula hawks can really pack a punch! Their sting is rated a 4 out of 4 on the Sting Pain Index. Honey Bee Girls. Do. Work. If you see a busy bee…

4 Ways to Give The Sonoran Desert this Holiday Season

Membership Who wouldn’t love getting to spend 365 days a year with our precious prairie dogs or javelinas? That’s exactly what you could give someone this season when you gift them a membership to the Museum! From now until the December 31, when you buy a membership you’ll receive an awesome Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum hat…

Packrats! What are they good for? Absolutely everything.

Packrats are absolutely vital to a healthy desert ecosystem. Packrats eat plant parts and seeds, and thus are seed and cactus dispersers (they help plants get started in new places). They not only help aerate soil, but their poop even helps fertilize the seeds! Additionally, packrats are food for bobcats, coyotes, owls, hawks and snakes….

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos

Help us celebrate Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by decorating a monarch butterfly in memory of a loved one. You can place it on our Monarch Butterfly Celebratory Altar located in the lobby of the Warden Oasis Theater. This year, we are celebrating and honoring the culture and tradition of Dia De…

Tackling Buffelgrass on Tumamoc

Tumamoc Hill is a culturally and scientifically important site in Tucson. It’s an 860-acre ecological reserve and one of the oldest research stations in the world, much loved by the people of Tucson and operated by the University of Arizona College of Science in partnership with Pima County. The hill boasts at least 2,500 years…