Added by on 2016-04-04

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5] You must sign in to vote On the surface it might not look like much is going on in the desert, but even on the hottest, driest days, if you look behind the scenes, the Sonora desert is vibrant. Join us for a day to explore the rhythmic cycles of the wildlife that have adapted to call this wild place home. This designated wilderness area protects the towering saguaro cacti, which have evolved to thrive in the Sonora desert’s unique five seasons. The saguaro can hold over 200 gallons of water and provides nourishment and refuge for desert wildlife. White-winged doves and gila woodpeckers feed on the saguaro’s white flowers, which bloom at night. The flowers give way to a moist fleshy red fruit, which is enjoyed by birds like the tiny yellow verdin, and ground animals like the large, pig-looking javelina. The gila woodpecker also uses the saguaro as a home, drilling holes in the soft flesh of the cactus, which heals itself, creating a nest. The temperature inside the cactus is 20º F cooler, making it an ideal place to hide out during the heat of the day. Cactus wrens and Harris’s hawks also nest in the arms of the saguaro, which provide shade and prickly protection. As the morning sun crosses the landscape, other wildlife look for shade or retreat to their dens or underground burrows to avoid the sun. While the air temperature may hover over 100° F, the ground surface temperature can be closer to 150° F. As the sun disappears and temperatures cool, the desert comes to life. Rattlesnakes, tarantulas, coyotes, bobcats, skunks, and javelina all begin to forage and look for prey. To thrive despite the lack of water, some animals have developed additional adaption strategies to get […]

14 Comments

  • Javier Andrés Marín Ramírez 1 year ago

    Awesome natural concert !!!

  • waywardmuse 1 year ago

    Fantastic overview of wildlife in the Sonoran Desert!

  • A Day in the Desert 1 year ago

    I love the outdoors especially the Desert

  • A Day in the Desert 1 year ago

    This video is so beautiful!

  • Tucker Lundquist 1 year ago

    deserts are the most beautiful places I have been to. the constant thought of death yet so much life makes you realize how lucky we are to be alive

  • Wild Feather 1 year ago

    Beautiful… Absolutely, beautiful… I love what the wild desert has to offer. I just hope others could appreciate its beauty in the same way. Thank you for making this video 🙂 thewanderingnaturalist.wordpress.com

  • francine wilson 1 year ago

    Even places like deserts have a beauty of nature about them!!!

  • Alexandria Daniela 1 year ago

    thanks

  • Tommy Kad 1 year ago

    Justw when i look at the stars in night my heart start to want god…

  • Steve Taylor 1 year ago

    Hoping to see as much wildlife there in November….so much more diverse than England!

  • Eco Nut 1 year ago

    Really great video!  Nice videography and sound.  Beautifully captures the mood of the Sonoran Desert…

  • Roberto Wagner Amaral Gomes Gomes 1 year ago

    Nice

  • Saralaine Millet 1 year ago

    I love it. I live it.

  • hakentt 1 year ago

    This is very accurate video for upper sonoran desert during summer. Some animals are only active in the morning, and some only at night. Factually correct representation.

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