I grew up in Phoenix (part of the Sonoran Desert) and I always appreciated my surroundings but I didn’t really get to learn about and explore them until I moved to Tucson. While studying for my Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, I took advantage of opportunities to learn more about the environment that surrounded me. I interned at the Sonoran Desert Museum, and volunteered at Tucson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to add to what I was learning in my classes. After college, I continued to learn more while working as a Raptor Free Flight and Interpretive Animal keeper at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

I love the Sonoran Desert because it is a diverse, interesting and beautiful place. I used my knowledge of the Sonoran Desert to create an illustration showing some of the area’s diversity. I chose to focus on one of my favorite Tucson hiking spots, Sabino Canyon. I had a hard time narrowing down which animals to include, but I feel that the ones I chose are a good representation of the diversity of the Sonoran Desert. This image was created using Adobe Illustrator.
some close up detail:

Sonoran Desert

Sonoran Desert

Sonoran Desert

Sonoran Desert
List:
Saguaro, Carnegiea gigantea
Barrel cactus
Prickly bear cactus, Opuntia
White winged dove, Zenaida asiatica
Gila woodpecker, Melanerpes uropygialis
White tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus
Anna’s hummingbird, Calypte anna
Greater roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus
Black-tailed jack rabbit, Lepus californicus
Painted lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui
Sonoran bumblebee, Bombus sonorus
Cactus longhorn beetle, Moneilema gigas
Zebra tailed lizard, Callisaurus draconoides
Bark scorpion, Centruroides sculpturatus
Arizona blond tarantula, Aphonopelma chalcodes
Tarantula hawk wasp, Pepsis sp.
Banner-tailed kangaroo rat, Dipodomys spectabilis
Gila monster, Heloderma suspectum
Desert tortoise, Gopherus sp.
Cactus wren, Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Black-tailed rattlesnake, Crotalus molossus
Kit fox, Vulpes macrotis
Coyote, Canis Iatrans
Turkey vulture, Cathartes aura
Harris hawk, Parabuteo unicinctus
Sonoran whipsnake, Masticophis bilineatus
Mountain lion, Puma concolor
Javalina, Tayassu tajacu
Bobcat, Lynx rufus
Gambel’s quail, Callipepla gambelii
Red spotted toad, Bufo punctatus
Gila Chub, Gila intermedia
Green sunfish, Lepomis cyanellus