Like humans, some animals travel during the year to follow nice weather--this is called "migration."
You can be a scientist of pretty much anything, including poop!
Snakes, lizards, and tortoises are all reptiles that call the Sonoran Desert home. There are more than 11,000 species of reptiles in the world!
Arizona is home to over 50 species of snakes and each is an important part of the ecosystem. Remember to be a scientist and use your senses of hearing and sight to safely share the trails with our slithery friends.
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 ..........