Sonoran Desert

Yesterday we braved the 110 degree weather and visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

We got to watch a show with this woman who told interesting facts (I could see Luke’s brain absorbing like crazy) about Sonoran Desert animals.  Quite a few animals came out on stage.  Skunk, porcupine, ringtail, a couple of Macaws (yep, they’re here too.)  We also learned about the vaquita, a small porpoise that is almost extinct.  They get caught in fishing nets and can’t get up to the surface to breathe.

He looks like he’s scary, but when you hear his name, you are reassured.   Anything named chuckwalla, can’t be taken seriously.

Ever since we moved to Tucson I’ve been amazed at how much foliage and animal life there is.  Here is a list of all of the animals that live here that I had no idea did!

Javelinas
Bobcats
Prairie Dogs (all over the place!)
Elf Owls
Bats
Skunks (four different kinds apparently)
Coyotes
Gila Monsters
Ringtails
Great Horned Owls
Woodpeckers
Rabbits
Big Horn Sheep
Gray Fox

Did I mention hummingbirds?  Here we are in the hummingbird aviary.

I have no idea what they are looking at in that enclosure.  It was so hot I didn’t want to bother taking the four steps over to see some lame tortoise or whatever.

Luke is always doing these strange arm positions that I think only skinny people do.

I had dressed Hazel like a boy that day and everyone called her a him.

To make it even worse, her dad just found out that hazel nuts are sometimes called “filberts” (no, seriously) so we have been calling her Filbert lately.

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