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Photo: ASDM/Liz Kemp
Why You Should Caracara

How about showing you "care" with a visit to our  Vulture Culture exhibit this weekend?  Two new caracaras have moved in with the vultures. Unlike their roommates, caracaras are from the falcon family. They range from South America, up through Central America, and are becoming more commonly
seen in southern Arizona. Their population is growing due to their ecological flexibility and
adaptability to human presence. These beautiful birds can't wait to visit with you. Just Flew In!
 

Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
The Traveling Monarch

Butterflies often have a bewitching effect on people. Many times, we observe guests sitting for hours in the Museum's butterfly garden - mystified by these interesting insects. This month, we watched as a female monarch butterfly, took her first flight. Thanks to the curiosity and careful observation of a home gardener in Eloy, Arizona, we were able to follow the amazing transformation from crawling caterpillar to beaming butterfly. We tagged her and hope to see her soon. More About Monarchs!
Photo: Ted Myers
Bring Your Binoculars

Does a day of discovery with other bird lovers sound like your perfect day? Southeastern Arizona's desert grasslands are brimming with artificial lakes, ponds and mudflats that provide habitat for winter birds, including at least twelve species of raptors and numerous waterfowl (ducks and geese). Join us for our popular  Sandhill Cranes, Raptors & Waterfowl   class in Wilcox - also known as one of the region's hottest birding spots! $85/members, $94/non- members. Fly With Us!
Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Flower Friday

Don't let this plant fool you! Although its structure mimics a cactus, the Sullu Spurge (Euphorbia royleana) is actually a succulent. The plant originated from the Himalaya mountains in India and Bhutan at middle elevations. In habitat, it is a deciduous succulent tree but will maintain a shrub-like stature in cultivation in Tucson. Greenish-yellow flowers and fruit will appear in spring to early summertime. You can find this poised plant near the Orientation Ramada.  Dig Deeper!

The Ironwood Awards
Volunteer Viernes

Each year, we honor a select group of volunteers with the prestigious Ironwood Award. These awards are given to individuals who, during the past year, went above and beyond their regular volunteer roles. This year, three volunteers were recognized for their superlative support. Congratulations to Ray Goodwin (Art Institute Volunteer), Ellen Gurewitz (Interpretive Animal Collection Volunteer & Docent) and Alexander Pye (Junior Docent). Thank you for your service and the limitless dedication you've invested in the Desert Museum. Volunteer Today!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • Sandhill Cranes, Raptors, and Waterfowl (February 3)
  • Valentine's Day Dinner (February 14) 
  • Heirloom Fruit Tree Workshop (February 16) 
Want more info on these awesome events? Check it Out!
 
January 27, 2016