Other than a stroll on the Riverwalk you will rarely see me in a pair of tennis shoes. I hadn’t been to the Desert Museum in years but from what I could remember there was a whole lot of walking. After my nieces soccer game we took the beautiful drive out to this Arizona Attraction.
Crash course on AZ desert life and fauna
We were met at the entrance by a docent with a stunning and elegant Harris Hawk
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum hosts a twice daily demonstration called the Raptor Free Flight. This event is held daily at 10:30 am & 1:45 pm. Each show features different large birds. Harris’ Hawks, Gray Hawks, Barn Owls and ravens delight the crowd by flying low to the ground. Meanwhile, the narrator talks about the birds habits, anatomy, and adaptations to desert life.
the mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum states that it desires to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.
The Center for Sonoran Desert Studies conducts the educational and scientific functions of the Museum and is a hub for research, education and conservation of the Sonoran Desert Region.
In a nutshell
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.
Get those sneekers on, slap on the sunscreen and get some desert culture!