Save a Saguaro! Tucson Community Fights Buffelgrass

After University of Arizona Journalism student Hannah Cree attended the Save Our Saguaros Month Kickoff event to investigate the Tucson community’s efforts against the invasive species buffelgrass, we invited her to share the resulting story here on the Desert Diaries blog. Thank you to Hannah! By Hannah Cree with photos by Desert Museum staff It’s…

Weaving the Web of Life

Do you recall the grade school diagrams illustrating a simple food chain? This predator eats that prey and that prey eats plants, and plants obtain their energy from the sun and nutrients from soil. Arrows represent one organism eating another. Food chain diagrams help us visualize the flow of energy through an ecosystem. While the…

What Is Conservation Really About?

By Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction Join Michelle at the Desert Museum on Saturday, November 13, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. for a brief reading from Beloved Beasts, a lively discussion with renowned field ecologist and conservationist Harry Greene, and a book signing. Books will be available…

Beautiful Shiner Released into Wildlife Refuge

Arizona Native Fish, Beautiful Shiner, Released into San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge Visualize the Sonoran Desert and saguaros, rattlesnakes, and lizards might come to mind. But the region’s waterways contain an amazing aquatic universe! The desert’s native aquatic animals have adaptations allowing them to thrive in a unique environment, and are an essential link in…

The A Bee Cs of Arizona’s Native Bees

Conjure an image of bees in your mind. Do you imagine a fuzzy insect with black and yellow stripes, a honeycomb nest, maybe a queen bee? If so, you’re not alone. But did you know there are over 20,000 species of bees worldwide, and only a few that produce honey? Of the approximately 5,000 different…

When Problems Become Solutions

The Story of Rancho la Inmaculada We’ve got buffelgrass top of mind during Save Our Saguaros Month! We would normally be gathering large groups of volunteers to help beat back this invasive grass. This year we are taking a different approach in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re asking our community to participate…

INVASION! An Interview with Conservation Artist Rachel Ivanyi

See “INVASION!” by Rachel Ivanyi at the Baldwin Gallery at the Desert Museum through March 7, 2021, or tour the gallery virtually. In this show, Ivanyi explores the multi-dimensional forms and manifestations of invasion, from invasive thoughts to invasive species. While invasion is often presented as a negative, Ivanyi complicates how we perceive and talk…

Our Spectacular Sonoran Sea

Seven Things to Know About Our Desert Ocean Sometimes called “The World Aquarium,” The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, divides the Sonoran Desert into two halves with the Baja peninsula to the west and Arizona and Mexico to the east, and is an often overlooked component of the Desert ecosystem….

2020 in Hindsight

2020 still looms large, and though we are looking forward to what 2021 will bring, we must acknowledge that the pandemic continues, too many individuals and families are still struggling to meet their basic needs, and businesses and organizations the world over have suffered severe and unprecedented financial loss. Thanks to the generous support of…