|Steve & Judy at the Desert Museum
Teddy Bear Cactus
http://www.desertmuseum.org/center/research.php Quote from this website…
“The Research and Conservation program encompasses the scientific functions of the Desert Museum. Our activities range from conducting ecological research in the Sonoran Desert region to advising education, collections, and other museum staff on scientific matters. We have a strong commitment to scientific accuracy and currency in all of our publications and interpretive programs. Our research is characterized by:”
- A focus on whole-organism and community biology.
- A focus on projects that promote habitat conservation.
- A focus on interdisciplinary studies. Our staff has expertise in botany, ethnobiology, paleobiology, ornithology, mammalogy, herpetology, invertebrate biology, and educational outreach. Whenever possible we add a geologist/soil scientist to our research team. We favor projects that integrate these disciplines to discover the full ecological story.
- A dedication to disseminating our knowledge to the public in nontechnical language.
- Annual scientific conferences.
- ASDM Studies in Natural History. A book series focused on the greater Sonoran Desert ecoregion.
As we make our way home to the Oregon coast, history and nature continue to be highlights of our journey. The Tucson Desert Museum is one of those exceptional places to learn about the Sonora Desert ecosystem, and conservation. One of my favorite exhibits was the “cave” http://www.have-fun-in-the-southwest.com/Arizona-Sonora-Desert-Museum-Pictures.html.