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Dan Weisz
Ready, Set, Fly!

Mark your calendars for next weekend! Ever wondered what it's like to feel the brush of a Harris's Hawk's feathers? Or watch owls dip and dive in the desert? Join us for Raptor Free Flight! Members: Enjoy a special preview on Friday, October 14, at 10:00 a.m. Public opening day is Saturday, October 15, and includes a morning bird walk, bird-themed activities, crafts, and two flight presentations. Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the presentation times. Birds of prey are popular! Join the Raptor Rush!
ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Frolicking Fawns

We are quite fawn'd of our two newest babies! These mule fawns were rescued in August by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Special thanks to them for their valiant efforts! Both fawns are orphans and have been exploring and acclimating to their new environment. We will make sure to announce when they are permanently on exhibit so you can visit with these fascinating fawns! Fawn Over These Cuties!
Jay Pierstorff
History of the Sonoran Desert

Would you like to be more knowledgeable about the animals, plants and landscape of our desert? Join us on October 22 & 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to become an expert of the Sonoran Desert region. This two-day survey course covers desert ecology, climate, mammals, birds, reptiles, botany and geology. It also includes a hike, close encounters with animals, sampling of edible desert plants, a behind the scenes tour and lectures. $120/members, $132/non-members. Sign Up Here!
Paul & Joyce Berquist
Packrats: Curious Collectors

Packrats are the original museum curators of the animal world. They travel the desert looking for new objects to collect and take back to their middens. These middens can be thousands of years old! This is an excellent way for us to research and study the environment of the past, present, and future. Not only do their middens provide a home for the packrats, these piles also serve as a bungalow to many other creatures. Want to know more reasons packrats are important? Tune In Today!
ASDM/Jason Wiley
Flower Friday

Happy Flower Friday! The Creeping Devil Cactus (Stenocereus eruca) migrates horizontally across the desert during its lifetime (makes sense why it's called the creeping devil!) This cool cactus is only found on sandy soils on the central Pacific coast of Baja California Sur and in our Cactus Garden! In addition to its unusual growth habit, the creeping devil is elusive.To find some populations, one must venture onto 4-wheel-drive trails that shift location with the dunes.  Dig Deeper! 

ASDM & TEP Mural Volunteers
Volunteer Viernes

It takes a community to make something great. Last weekend, staff and volunteers from ASDM and Tuscon Electric Power gathered to paint a mural located on West Cushing Street near the Riverpark Inn. The 4,000 square foot mural highlights our favorite pollinators and their importance in the Sonoran Desert region. We are still looking for a couple of lead artists to help finalize details. Applicants should be able to make a weekend commitment towards the end of October.  Volunteer Today!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • Raptor Free Flight Opening Weekend (October 14 &15)
  • Natural History of the Sonoran Desert (October 22) 
  • Cats and Dogs (November 6) 
Want more info on these awesome events? Check it Out!
 
October 7, 2016