One of the beautiful animals that make an appearance during our summer rainy season is the red velvet mite, Dinothrombium spp. These very large mites spend most of the year under ground. Mites are arachnids in the order Acari, along with the ticks. There are over 30,000 species of mites, and perhaps thousands more to … More Rain Bugs
A summer day in southern Arizona is anything but silent. Even if we completely eliminated the sound of humans and their machinery, the desert supplies a raucous, riotous auditory performance during the summer. Animals are emerging to metamorphose, feed or mate. In monsoon season, the diversity of the Sonoran Desert is on full audible exhibition. … More The Sound of Summer
Did you know that buffelgrass is one of our most serious environmental problems in the Tucson Basin? More specifically, it’s the invasion of buffelgrass in our city and the wildlands that surround our city. What’s at stake is much larger than the saguaros that stand on A Mountain. A smoldering cigarette tossed from a car … More Facts About Fires (Buffelgrass Style)
Many people feel a special affinity for marine mammals. If you’re like me, you once dreamed of being a marine biologist and working with dolphins or whales. (This seems to be especially true for girls.) The interplay of otherness and familiarity between humans and cetaceans engages the heart and the mind. It is therefore especially … More A Tale of Two Fishes with a Porpoise (and Purpose)
Quiz Yourself! Are you hip to Gila monsters? 1. Gila is pronounced: A. HEE-la B. Gill-ah C. Guy-la 2. In Arizona, Gila monsters are considered: A. Protected B. Threatened C. Endangered D. The state reptile 3. Gila monsters love to chow down on: A. Native desert plants B. Eggs and baby rodents C. Avocado toast 4. … More Are you hip to Gila monsters?
Summer solstice marks the first official day of summer! This is when the sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. On June 20, the sun will be higher in the sky during the day and its rays will hit Earth directly. This causes higher temperatures and it will be the day with the most … More Tucson Summer: A Guide to Beat the Heat!
“I woke up like this. Flawless.” – Beyoncé Insects dominate the animal kingdom. They occupy every niche imaginable and have evolved to make meals of every substance available. Winged or wingless, aquatic or terrestrial, solid or fluid feeders, insects have acquired the flexibility to adapt to their surroundings quickly. They are opportunistic, industrious, integral to … More Who Run the (Insect) World? GIRLS