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Photo: Jay Pierstorff
Ready, Set, Fly! 

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? Our popular program, Raptor Free Flight, is back and better than ever! Shows are daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. There is no better time to watch these amazing aerialists than in this beautiful weather. Pro tip: Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to park and walk to the viewing areas. Our birds of prey are very popular!  Join The Raptor Rush!
Save the Date for November 16 

Have you ever had a taste of the desert? Join us for the second annual food and drink festival, Sonoran Harvest on Saturday, November 16! Watch as local chefs from favorite food trucks and restaurants battle to be crowned the Sonoran Harvest Champion! Sip on local spirits, munch on delicious bites, dance to live music, stargaze, chat with our community partners, and more! Tickets start at $35. Members: don't forget! You receive $5 off entry.  Buy Your Tickets Today!
The Colorado Screening 

Join the Desert Museum at The Loft Cinema on Sunday, November 17, at 4:00 p.m. for a special screening of 'The Colorado,' a documentary about one of the West's most important and influential rivers. The best part? There will be a Q&A with the director and the author of the companion book to follow. Tickets are on sale now! $12 general admission and $10 for Desert Museum members.  Get Your Tickets Today!
Photo: Rachael Drozdoff

Straight from the Javelinas de Tubac project meet "They Were Here First," a javelina sculpture painted by Darcy Deming with the desert's beauty. You can gaze at this painted peccary starting on November 5 (outside of the Ironwood Gallery). All of us at the Museum are thrilled to be part of this project, which was the brainchild of former exhibits curator (1970-72) and nature artist Nick Wilson. You can discover all of the javelinas by downloading the map.  Start The Search!
Photo: Pablo Lopez
Flower Friday
 
How pretty! You can find this Day of the Dead flower (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum) blooming all over Museum grounds. People in Mexico often cut flowers from this plant to decorate graves for Dia de los Muertos on November 2. The perennial plant grows quickly, typically in a clump up to 3' tall and just as wide. Butterflies, including hackberry and sulphurs, are attracted to these fragrant flowers for their nectar.  Dig Deeper!


Volunteer Viernes

We would like to congratulate our volunteers of the month for November: Clarissa Marques and Calee Barmat! Clarissa is a Saturday docent who has also served as a docent captain. She is dependable, caring, organized, sociable, and a joy to be around. Calee volunteers with Raptor Free Flight and the Interpretative Animal Collection. Not only is she a wonderful volunteer, she spoils her team with amazing baked goods.  We could not do what we do without them. Thank you for being such a great addition to the family. 
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What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • Annual Member's Meeting (November 2) 
  • Venomous Creatures Class (November 9)   
  • Sonoran Harvest (November 16) 
Want more info on these awesome events?  Check it Out!
 
November 2, 2019