Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Party at the Desert Museum

Are you looking for the next birthday adventure for the cool cat, zippy bat, or playful pack rat in your life? Take the stress out of planning and book the Desert Museum's new Birthday Party Package, available for children age 4-11. Museum birthday parties are hosted Saturdays year-round (some blackout dates apply) at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Includes personalized invitation, reserved party space, special T-shirt and more! Bring your cake and decorations, and we'll handle the rest. Book Your Birthday!
Photo: Jay Pierstorff
Adopt Our Winged Wonders

Have you ever wanted to be a proud parent of a hummingbird? Now you can! Your symbolic adoption will help us provide the highest quality care to these captivating creatures. Packages start as low as $35! Each level comes with a personalized certificate, a beautiful 4"x 6" glossy hummingbird photograph, educational materials, a subscription to Desert Dispatch, and more. Adopt at the Enhanced level to receive a plushie and "Proud Parent" canvas tote. Questions? Email us. Adopt Today!
Marie Long & Catherine Bartlett
ASDM Education Staff
Conserving Creatures in the Desert

Great news! We were recently awarded grant funds from the National Park Service to collaborate with  Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument   (Arizona) and the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve   (Mexico) to help conserve the Sonoyta Pupfish (formally known as Quitobaquito Pupfish) and the Sonoyta Mud Turtle. Project tasks include researching and monitoring these species, surveying invasive species, enhancing off-site facilities for maintaining assurance populations, and educating the public on this important cause. Curious About Conservation?
Photo: Rhonda Spencer
Mad Hops: It's Grasshopper Season

You probably recognize grasshoppers as one of nature's best jumpers, but did you know grasshopper brains can be controlled by a worm? Our brand new blog will tell you all about this creepy-crawly fact and so much more. In school, grasshoppers are used as model organisms for teaching insect morphology and are often the first in a semester series of animal dissections. However, even with a lifetime of casual familiarity, many people have questions about grasshoppers. Let's Jump Right In!

Photo: ASDM/Jason Wiley
Flower Friday

Happy Flower Friday! Did you know that once an agave starts blooming, it can grow up to 6 inches a day?! The plant spends so much energy during this process, that once it flowers it begins to die. They only bloom once in a lifetime! In this picture, the agave in the background (Agave shawii ssp. goldmaniana) is almost two years old and still releasing seed. You also see an agave starting to bloom in the foreground. You can find these agaves in our Cactus Garden.  Dig Deeper! 

Danny Anaya & Maricela Rivera
Volunteer Viernes

Last month, the Desert Museum participated in United Way of Southern Arizona's, " Days of Caring . " We'd like to thank the volunteers who restored the Coati Treehouse and pulled buffelgrass in the mountains that surround the Museum. United Way hosts this annual event to inspire people to volunteer and improve their community. If you didn't get a chance to participate in Days of Caring but are inspired to make a difference, volunteer for a buffelgrass pull this winter season. We need you!  Volunteer Today!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • All About Owls: Coati Kids Club (November 19)
  • Unlocking Birds' Secrets (November 20) 
  • Thanksgiving Buffet (November 24) 
Want more info on these awesome events? Check it Out!
November 18, 2016