They’re CUTE Packrats are adorably adorned with large sympathetic eyes and ears comically larger than their faces. Wiggly whiskers and a soft, furry body complete their look. Why do they look so darn cute? Typically when animals display larger-than-life features we, as humans, find that facial ratio delightful. That’s why we are hard-wired to be … More Top Eight Reasons to Love a Packrat (Yes, Really!)
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 … More Tequila: Hills of Blue & Gold
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 … More Earth Conservation Internship (Spring 2018)
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 … More The Little Known World of Urban Bees 🐝
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 … More Our Experience – Junior Docents
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 … More Ina Road Bridge: More Than Just a Bridge, It’s a Home!
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 … More Interested in Insects?