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Photo: ASDM/Liz Kemp
Traveling Tourist

We had a California visitor fly in (literally, with wings) this week. This West Coast winged wonder has rented space in our People & Pollinators Garden. The bird (Allen's hummingbird) typically hangs out in California and is rarely seen in Arizona. Allen's hummingbirds have one of the most restricted breeding ranges of any North American hummingbird (a narrow strip of habitat along coastal Oregon and California). Hope to see you birdwatchers out here soon! Can You Spot Him?
Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
New State Symbol? 

Have you heard that the Sonorasaurus may become Arizona's official dinosaur? Thanks to an 11-year-old boy's persuasive argument, the Sonorasaurus may join other official Arizona state symbols if Senate Bill 1517 is approved. Based on the fossils, it is estimated that the dino was about 50 feet long and weighed 4,000 pounds. While the fossils aren't on display to the public, you can see replicas at our Ancient Arizona exhibit. Just another great reason to come visit!  Digging Dinosaurs?
Thank You Letter/Pistor Middle School
Thank You! 
 
Thank you for supporting our schools!  Thanks to generous support from TEP, private foundations, many parents, and you, the Desert Museum hosted more than 25,000 students on field trips last year. The Desert Ark live animal outreach program was also able to visit more than 8,000 students in their classrooms. Around 15,000 of these students participated at no cost to the school or families. Your support has allowed us to educate the next generation of desert conservationists. Donate Today!

2016 Contest Winner: Amara Strange

Calling all students (grades K-6)! Do you want to win a live animal outreach program for your classroom? Consider entering our 2018 Earth Day Poetry Contest!  Students should submit a poem about the Sonoran Desert. The first place winner from each grade will receive a 2018 membership to the Coati Kids' Club. Poems should be submitted (postmarked) to the Desert Museum by March 26, 2018. You can read the winning poem from last year here Prime Your Pencil!
Photo: ASDM/Jason Wiley
Flower Friday

Our Cactus Garden has exploded with pops of pink! Parry penstemon (Penstemon parryi), is native to the Southwest. The drought-tolerant plant welcomes spring with magenta blooming spikes that captivate hummingbirds and humans alike. A great design plant, it can be treated as an annual wildflower or a perennial when properly watered during the warm months of the year. This beautiful weather has brought many visitors to our multiple gardens. Hope to see you soon! Dig Deeper!
Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Volunteer Viernes

We would like to congratulate our volunteers of the month, Art MacDonald and Sally Sherman. This husband and wife team are incredible docents that volunteer on Tuesdays and Sundays.The dynamic duo has contributed many hours serving on the Climate Change Committee and designed our popular "Let's Talk Climate Change" button for docents. We could not do what we do without them. Thank you for being such a great addition to the family.  Volunteer Today!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • Mammoths of the San Pedro Valley (February 24)
  • Spring Plants & Wildflower Walks (March 1 & 3) 
  • Coati Pups Preschool Program (March 8)
Want more info on these awesome events? Check it Out! 
 
February 23, 2018