11 Reasons We Love Tucson

February may have been the “season of love” but us locals are in love with Tucson every day of the year!  Always wondered why Tucsonans are so loyal to their city? Read on to discover why we love where we live! 1. Sunshine With well above the national average of sunny days, the Tucson weather…

Sentinel Peak Buffelgrass Fire Update

Many of you may remember the fire on Sentinel Peak in 2017 during the 4th of July fireworks. That year the slope was dry from the late monsoon season and embers from fireworks sparked a fire on the southern slope of the hill. Tucson Fire put the fire out, but not before about 5 acres…

Can You Sense the Season?

When asked to describe a desert, people usually respond with: dry, hot, null of life. Far from the truth, the Sonoran Desert is actually one of the most diverse desert ecosystems in the world and that is largely due to our weather. Many newcomers are surprised to learn that the Sonoran Desert does not have…

Amazing Arthropods: Creepy Critters or Misunderstood Marvels?

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,…

Let’s Get to the Fruit of the Matter: Prickly Pear Harvesting 101

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…

Two Saguaros: A Sonoran Desert Story

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…

Let’s Pass on Plastic

“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…

The E Word(s): Endangered to Extinct

“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…

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: A Place of Healing

“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…

Earth Conservation Internship (Fall 2018)

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…