The next day, we visited the Sonoran Desert Museum, which is a combination zoo and botanical garden, similar to the Living Desert in Palm Springs. This one was much more focused on the animals and plants of southern Arizona and had us engaged all day. The highlight was the raptor show, which featured amazing owls and hawks flying back and forth right over our heads. At one point, the trainer sent off a red-tailed hawk which circled and circled overhead, catching updrafts until it was about 1,500 feet up and a couple miles away. We could barely see this bird as a tiny dot on the clouds. Then, with a few waves of his arms, the trainer called the bird back to a nearby tree in literally a ten-second dive. It was one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen! Another great exhibit they had was a walk-in hummingbird aviary. It was very fun to see these tiny birds up close and buzzing around our ears!
|Prairie Dogs are cute|
|Great Horned Owl|
|It is a bit early for most cactus blooms, but this one was starting|
|Garden eels from the gulf of California|