But let's face it, anytime you put the words "Arizona" and "Desert" in the same phrase, sidewinders and diamondback rattlers are bound to come to mind. And sure enough, the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum has a selection of snakes, lizards and other less than cuddly desert fauna for you to see and marvel at. I'm sure they are there with the intention of giving us a better understanding and appreciation of these scaly wonders of nature, but honestly, for many of us they do not bring forward the need to linger.
Which is not to say you shouldn't go to the ASDM to see them, because you should. We did recently and we had a marvelous time. I mean it was way too hot, especially for March, but I hear there's something called Climate Change that might have something to do with that and as far as I can tell it isn't the fault of the nice folks at the museum, so we did not hold that against them.
Mostly, we came for the birds. We like birds. And the ASDM puts on a dandy show called Raptor Free Flight that is worth planning a day around, even if it is unseasonably hot. Although who can say what constitutes unseasonable anymore, what with Climate Change and all. But enough about that.
Here are the birds.
Great horned owl
Along with these beauties, we found a few less imposing but still photo worthy birds.
Cactus wren (Arizona's state bird)
And, wouldn't you know it, we couldn't get out of there without spending some quality time with a reptile or two. Cuddly? No. Flightless? You bet. But patient as can be when getting a portrait done.