March 21, 2014 - In This Issue:
Upcoming Events
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May 31 - Cool Summer Nights begin

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Spring Has Sprung at the Museum

The Museum is currently awash in color!

Agave colorata (Mezcal Ceniza) pictured, is native to rocky coastal hills around Guayas, Sonora. This "century plant" takes around 15 years from seed to blooming plant. Sugar Sumac (Rhus ovata) is native to an unusual chaparral-type vegetation in central Arizona. This plant has great flowers that attract bees! Aloes are native to the Old World and pollinated by sunbirds, but Hummingbirds love them, too. Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata) is butterfly pollinated, but attracts seed-eating birds such as Verdins also. This yellow flowered plant is widespread in the Sonoran Desert. For more of what's blooming, 
Support the Museum Through Spa Services

Now's your chance to relax while supporting the Museum! Book a mini-service at Aveda at La Encantada on March 29 and 30, and the proceeds will go towards supporting education programs at the Museum. You can choose from a 30 minute mini-facial for $20 or a professional cut and style for $25. So go ahead and indulge - it's for a good cause! To schedule an appointment, call 520.232.9435. You might even spot a Museum animal at the store! 

Desert Museum Books Receive Awards
Two Desert Museum books were selected as Southwest Books of the Year 2013 by Pima County Libraries. A Natural History of the Santa Catalinas, Arizona by Richard C. Brusca and Wendy Moore, and Victor, the Reluctant Vulture by Jonathan Hanson, illustrated by Kim Kanoa Duffek, were chosen for this honor. In other news, the Museum's library is also hosting the next session of its Readers' and Writers' series on March 25 from noon to 1 pm. Dr. Larry G. Marshall and Dr. Clark Blake, authors of Land of Black Volcanoes and White Sands: The Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve will attend to discuss their book, share their insights, and answer questions.  The event is free with Museum admission.
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Museum Partnership Promotes GeoTourism in Tucson

A truly unique partnership, initiated by the University of Arizona, has launched its latest promotional project, The goal of the partnership is to instill in Tucson residents, as well as visitors, an appreciation for the truly unique biodiversity of the Tucson area. Check out the website to see how others "see" Tucson. To participate, tag your Instagram photos with #seetucson and they'll be loaded directly to the site.

Click here! 
Tune in to Arizona Illustrated/Nature beginning Monday, April 7 to see

Desert Discovery, a new series of video stories exploring the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. The series will be included weekly in the Arizona Illustrated/Nature programming and features many Desert Museum staff members.