Have you ever watched a bird and observed what it does? Have you looked at your pet and noticed a specific behavior? Guess what? You're an ethologist!
We know water is an incredibly important resource in the desert. In such an extreme environment, native plants and animals have developed awesome adaptations that allow them to go without water for long periods of time.
It's hot out in the Sonoran Desert. Temperatures in the summer can reach up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit--that's really toasty! Plants and animals have to adapt to these extreme conditions in order to survive.
Saguaros are incredible plants that are uniquely adapted to the Sonoran Desert.
The term "keystone species" is just a fancy way of saying "a really important species." Conservancy Kids know all species are important to an ecosystem--the disappearance of any one animal will negatively impact the whole system.
The Metro Phoenix EcoFlora Project is an awesome collaboration between the Desert Botanical Garden, Central Arizona Conservation Alliance, the New York Botanical Garden, and other gardens across the country. They're collecting data on plant species in different communities ..........
Habitat is another word for a living thing's home or natural environment. If you live in the Phoenix Valley, your habitat is the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert is pretty big (about 100,000 square miles), but you can also look for organisms in smaller places called microhabitats.
We usually focus on the Sonoran Desert, but today we are excited to learn about the other three deserts found in Arizona. Stay tuned to hear more about our four Arizona deserts, what defines a desert, and why deserts are important.
Why are flowers so pretty? Why do they smell nice? They're trying to attract pollinators! We can thank pollinators for almost all of the plants we see and eat.
All great scientists carry a field notebook with them to write down the cool stuff they find so they can remember it later.