October 2, 2015: In This Issue
October 17 - Raptor Free Flight Returns
October 24 & 25 - Natural History of the Sonoran Desert (class full)
October 31- Opening Reception "Andrew Denman: The Modern Wild" Exhibit; Ironwood Gallery
November 8 - Perfect Pruning
November 8 - Birds, Bats, Bees & Butterflies
November 12 & 13 - Celebration of Food & Basketry: Symposium
November 14 & 15 - Celebration of Food & Basketry: Festival
The Desert Museum's Recent Awards
For the third consecutive year the Desert Museum has been included in TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Award for the top Museums in the U.S.  The award is generated by reader reviews and rankings. The Desert Museum was also named the Best Museum in the Arizona Daily Star's 2015 Readers' Choice Awards and voted a favorite in the Best Art Gallery and Best Family Attraction categories.
Launches Oct. 17th
Photo courtesy Karen McCrorey
Native birds of prey will dazzle with their precision aerial skills at Raptor Free Flight!  This popular presentation features hawks, falcons, owls and ravens native to the Sonoran Desert region. You'll learn what distinguishes each species, such as the Harris's Hawk, the only raptor in the world that hunts as a family using strategy, like wolves. Presentations at 10am and 2pm.
Become an Indigenous Food Chef!
Photo courtesy M. Paganelli
Learn how to use native foods in a unique new way at the Food and Basketry Symposium workshops! Take a fresh look at traditional ingredients in the class "New Indigenous Cuisine." Explore the food's wellness properties in "Using Indigenous Foods for Health & Wellness."  Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 12 & 13. Open to the public for the first time.
Mark Rossi Sculptures Available
Designed and cast exclusively for the Desert Museum, these life-size sculptures render the delicate beauty of a hummingbird and an infant cottontail rabbit in solid bronze. Artist Mark Rossi perfects each piece by hand-tooling it after casting. Bring the magic of desert wildlife into your home or make a thoughtful gift for someone special. Available online only, limited quantity.