April 22, 2017
I also have a blogger and Facebook friend who lives there and works as a docent at the museum. We ALMOST got to meet a second time and hang out together at the museum but then I had to leave a day late and she had previous commitments.
This place is mostly an outdoor garden with a little bit of zoo thrown it. It features the plants and animals of the Arizona -Sonora Dessert. (I've never had time to make it to the mineral collections. )
But this is what they advertise:
The 98 acre Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium.
- 21 interpreted acres with two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats
- 230 animal species
- 1,200 types of plants — 56,000 individual specimens
- One of the world's most comprehensive regional mineral collections
One of my favorite things about this place is that it opens at 7:30 A.M., giving you time to see a lot of it before the bright, sharp Tucson son makes the shadows sharp and you hot.
I always have to spend several minutes in the parking lots which are beautifully landscaped with native plants, many in bloom.
Then I head to the two aviaries, enjoying what I find along the way. Then it's time to check in on the big cats and the mountain goats. Finally, I go inside to see the otters, cats, dessert fox, and snakes, as well as fish that live in the riparian areas.
|Seguaro blooms bring in the bees|
|Not sure if the woodpecker is after the nectar or the bees|
|Barrel cactus blooms|
|Cacti and succulent plants for pollinators|
|Think this is an Anna's hummingbird|
|Some volunteers get to share the raptors with the public - barn owl|
|White winged dove|
|I was surprised to see black-bellied whistling ducks have expended their territory to Arizona|
|One of the dozen hummers of several species in the hummingbird avery|
|The new mountain goat kid|
|A very happy bee|
|Cactus flower and "leaves"|
|Dessert fox taking a nap|
|Pair of bobcats|
I took a quick trip to the neighboring Saguaro National Park which is adjacent to the museum but further up the hill a few miles.
Sorry for the late post but I'm visiting several friends. I am in Seattle now, but I visited a fellow voluteer in Portland, then we both had supper with one of my bosses from Malheur. Then I promised to meet another old boss, thinking she was in Seattle, but she was in Spokane, so I had another full day of driving, including a three hour delay on the highway. And then, of course, we are spending most of each day playing.
|The Visitor Center|
|Shadow pattern on the visitor center patio|
|A view from the patio|