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Hedge Hog Delight (Echinocerus engelmannii spp.)

Hedge Hog Delight (Echinocerus engelmannii spp.)

What is practically invisible in the desert, armored in 3-inch spines, anecdotally was used by indigenous people as a poultice for rattlesnake and other less lethal bites* and yet in the spring produces large, showy flowers…. all thoughts of camouflage forgotten?...

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Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

This is the time of year that living in the Sonoran Desert really pays off: balmy days, cool nights, and the hills are alive with the colors of Spring. Here are a few you can expect to see. Desert Marigold: [Bailea multiradiata] grayish, almost silver foliage plant...

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Baja California Plants

Baja California Plants

A few years ago I became enamored with the Boojum tree, an odd looking plant native to the southern part of the Sonoran Desert in an area known as Baja California. I soon discovered that many of the more striking plants commonly used in desert landscaping have their...

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Hope for Biodiversity (and Us)

Hope for Biodiversity (and Us)

Last article discussed threats to the biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert, but truth be told, biodiversity is threatened in every biome across the world. Insect populations are crashing, desertification is on the increase, and water is becoming polluted or unavailable....

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Threats to the Biodiversity of Sonoran Desert

Threats to the Biodiversity of Sonoran Desert

Last article discussed the importance of biodiversity and how ecosystems with abundant biodiversity were considered healthy and sustainable. The Sonoran Desert, because of its location, size, rainfall, and elevation changes is the most biodiverse desert in the world....

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What Is Biodiversity And Why Is It Important?

What Is Biodiversity And Why Is It Important?

Biodiversity is the variety of living organisms that live on earth, the ecological complexes they belong to, and the relationships these living organisms have with one another and their environment. Environmentalists have divided the earth into distinct regions...

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Hawk Moth July 2018

Hawk Moth July 2018

Hawk moths, also known as a hummingbird or sphinx moths, are widespread around the world and are quite active in the Sonoran desert. This moth is one of the largest flying insects with a wingspan of two to five inches. The distinct white lines on the forewing and...

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