Eight playful prairie dog pups have emerged from their underground burrows to frolic together in the Desert Grasslands. While more could be surfacing in the coming days, they do grow fast. So plan a visit soon to watch them rolling around in play, while learning to stand on their own two feet. Plan Your Visit Now
OVER THE RAINBOW
Hedgehog Cactus are Blooming
Credit: ASDM/Jason Wiley
The rainbow hedgehogs are making a colorful display with multiple bright fuchsia flowers atop a squat, column-like body. Even without the flowers, these solitary, growing cactus are beautiful with comb-like clusters of spines that give them a reddish to magenta hue. Look for two groupings on either side of the path in the Cactus Garden. Dig Deeper!
On the Lookout for Native Bees
Credit: UA Entomology/EEB
Has your property erupted with smooth, pencil diameter size holes surrounded by a circular mound of excavated soil? These are the nests of harmless native brown cactus bees, the chief pollinators of our prickly pear and cholla cactus. Our conservation partners at the UA Entomology and EEB departments want to know. What's the Buzz?
Cool Summer Nights Begin May 21
Credit: Mike Nolan
Offering stunning sunsets, star-lit skies, and lots of themed activities, the Desert Museum will again stay open until 10 p.m. on Saturdays from May 21 to September 3. Featured themes include Full Moon/Arts & Music, Creatures of the Night, World Ocean Night, Insect Insanity, Astronomy Night, and a lot more. Nightly activity details are coming soon.