Sonoran Desert




Beargrass and Baskets

The yucca-like plants known as Beargrass (genus Nolina with several species) is widely used by native people in the southwest…



The Creepy Creeping Devil Cactus

Those of us who live in the Sonoran Desert are used to seeing the majestic saguaro, organ pipe and senita…



Deer of the Desert

Two species of deer occur in the Sonoran Desert: the Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and the smaller White-tailed deer (Odocoileus…





Creatures of the night – Ringtails

Ringtails ( Bassariscus astutus), also known as ring-tailed cats, are related to racoons and coatis. Ringtails are common in the…


Great Blue Herons in the desert

Although one might not expect to see a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in the Sonoran Desert, they have an…