$1M Match Challenge
Science and Research at the Desert Museum!

Support Science and Research at the Desert Museum! Kim Franklin, PhD, Conservation Science Manager, is shown fighting invasive buffelgrass and documenting the diversity of our native bees. Jesus Garcia, Associate Research Scientist, is shown investigating native and heritage foods for our future sustenance. A bee is shown with the caption: Habitat loss and fragmentation are two of the greatest threats to native pollinators. Pollinators are responsible for about one third of the foods we eat! A saguaro-studded background ties the three profiles together.
Two circular photos of the Sonoyta mud turtle

Sonoyta mud turtle
(Kinosternon sonoriense)
The major threats to these aquatic turtles are continuing drought and regional groundwater pumping.

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“During our first visit to the Desert Museum in 1994 we agreed it was the best full spectrum natural history experience we'd ever had - and right here in our own backyard!
We've supported the Museum annually since then and encourage friends and business associates to do the same.”
--Jerry Weinert
& Marni Dittmar