Monday, January 11, 2010

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum -- Part 1

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is devoted to the flora and fauna of the Atizona-Sonora Desert, and their standard program/exhibit is a static display of one or the other. But they are starting some new programs which involve training some of the "wild" creatures of the desert to do audience-attracting "stunts," such as hawks flying around the area and "buzzing" the audience, etc.

On this trip, we saw some of these new programs, as well as some of the old. This first picture is a golden oldie, a picture of one of the citizens of the Hummingbird Cage – a fenced "room" where you enter and the birds are flying free, usually so quickly that you cannot get a picture. But Clara was determined and here's what she got.

The second is of a screech owl, who has been trained to screech, then fly around, then return to his trainer.

Later, Clara and Leo went to a Raptor program in which a Harris hawk is on display, flying off and around and returning to his trainer. These latter two are new programs at the museum, and are highly entertaining to the visitors at the museum.

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