November 19, 2015: In This Issue
November 21 - Cats & Dogs of the Sonoran Desert
November 21 - Getting to Know Birds
December 19 & 20 - Vulture Culture Exhibit Opens
January 16 - Desert Yoga
& Wellness
January 16 - Kid's New Year's Hike
January 16 & 17 - Mineral Madness
Spencer Wins Photo Contest
Rhonda Spencer's striking photo of the Desert Museum's lowland leopard frogs won this year's AZ Game & Fish Dept./AZ Highways photo contest. The award-winning photo will grace the cover of the 2016 Wildlife Views calendar produced by Game & Fish. Spencer is a photographer-in-residence and photography instructor at the Desert Museum Art Institute. A protected species, the frogs can be found in the Life on the Rocks exhibit.

A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
The ultimate reference for the Sonoran Desert, the second edition of the classic book, A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert, is now available. This comprehensive book focuses on the Sonoran Desert's biodiversity, geology, weather, plants, and animals. New chapters include Sky Islands, Sea of Cortez, desert pollinators, and conservation issues. Available online from the ASDM Press and at the gift shops next week. Discount for members!
Holiday Visiting Tips
R. Spencer photo

Share your appreciation of the Sonoran Desert by bringing your visiting guests to the Desert Museum! It's the Museum's busiest week of the year, so here's some tips to help you plan. For the 12:15 p.m. animal presentations and Raptor Free Flight at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., allow at least 45 minutes for parking, going through admissions, and getting to the presentation areas. Friday is typically the busiest day, so come early. Fine dining at the Ocotillo CafĂ© is offered during lunch from Nov. 23rd to the 29th (except Thanksgiving). Reservations are highly recommended: 520-883-5705. Drop by the gift shops for great souvenirs!
Good for 365 Days!
Here's a gift that keeps on giving long after the holiday glow has dimmed! A year of fun, amazing adventures and nature education, a Desert Museum membership includes free admission to the museum and Cool Summer Nights, discounts on classes, field trips, ASDM Press books, the restaurants, the Annual Plant Sale and much more. Free gift with memberships purchased during Thanksgiving weekend. The perfect family gift!