“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
Our Oceans, Our Future is the overall theme for World Oceans Day 2017. Join us and the rest of the world to celebrate our environment and oceans. The desert and the ocean? Yes! The Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) is part of the Sonoran Desert, which plays a role in regulating our climate and … More Our Oceans, Our Future.
Looking to add a furry member to your family? Look no further! Through the Desert Museum’s adoption program you can be a “proud parent” to one of our prairie dogs. Your donations allow our prairie dogs to have a healthy lifestyle at the Desert Museum. Adopt today! Need more reasons to adopt a prairie dog? … More Adopt me! Keeping up with the Prairie Dogs.
They both like the temperature to be ‘just right’, of course! Puns aside – rattlesnakes, like many other animals here in the Sonoran Desert, practice a desert survival strategy known as avoidance. They refrain from exposure and surface activity when it’s too hot during southern Arizona’s summer months, and the cold limits their activity during … More What do ‘Goldie Locks’ and Rattlesnakes Have in Common?
Two desert parks devoted to protection and conservation, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and El Pinacate y Gran Desierto del Altar, are split by the international United States and Mexico boundary. The two parks run parallel along Federal Highway 2- the fronterra. Protected and respected on both sides, the two sister parks are seemingly back … More 3 Parks: 1 Partnership Part Three
Avoidance: we all do it; it can be a part of every-day human interaction and life! One aspect of avoidance that thankfully is not a vital part of our daily affairs is predator avoidance. If you’re an insect, this means not getting the attention of another animal that would like to make a meal out … More Desert Survival and Predator Avoidance
I have studied jaguars in northwest Mexico and southwest United States for the last 14 years. In 2003 I had the opportunity to study jaguars in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Sonora, Mexico, about 125 miles south of the international border. I was lucky to see two (one female and one male) and several mountain … More Northern Jaguars: Over A Decade of Field Observations in the Mexico-US Borderlands