Want to know what’s happing in the Sonoran Desert? Even in the time of Covid-19 many of us can still step out the front door, stroll about, and look to our native plants and animals for inspiration!
Happy April and May 2020 everyone. This Sonoran Desert spring (beginning in mid-February) has been welcoming and beautiful. It has slowly warmed up and will continue to do so, to be sure. Despite the worldwide pandemic, anxiety, social distancing, and – for some – sickness, and loss of life, we can still look to the rythms of nature as a foundation for wellness, beauty, and love.
Perhaps slowing the frenetic pace of our lives creates a coherence with the phainopeplas, cactus bees, palo verde blossoms, and warm spring breezes. I hope so. Have you noticed more sounds of nature and less the cacophony of people? Stay healthy and embrace the opportunity for connection with your fellow Earthlings here in our Sonoran Desert city. After all, the Sonoran Desert is the hottest and most bio-diverse of the North American deserts. Where else you would want to be, at a time like this?
If you haven’t already spotted a few of these keep your eyes peeled these months for Mother Nature’s late spring performances!
Palo Verde & Ironwood Tree
You’ve probably already caught some of these blooming around town. The Palo Verde tree, whose name translates in Spanish to “green stick,” has unique green bark. This green color comes from chlorophyll. Unlike most trees, this plant gets a lot of photosynthesizing done through its bark. April is the month Palo Verde bloom with their beautiful and bright yellow (& edible) flowers!
The Iroonwood tree (our personal favorite) blooms heavily with lavender flowers, typically in May. The flowering period in each locality lasts only 10-18 days and does not necessarily occur each year, so make sure you’re keeping an eye out!
Given their ability to store water, they are fairly independent of rain. They bloom well nearly every year, though wetter years produce more flowers. The greatest diversity of spring-blooming species can be seen in April. The cactus show continues as the abundant prickly pears bloom in early May, followed by saguaros from mid-May to mid-June. – Source: Desert Museum
May is just as good a month as any for wildlife in our surrounding desert! With warming temperatures, look out for snakes and lizards warming themselves in the desert sun.
Don’t expect to see much water this month. While April may record some precipitation, the month of May is historically dry, a continuing trend that will carry us into the dry summer of June until we’re greeted by monsoon season, July through mid-September. Temps will start increasing as well! Make sure you’re wearing sunscreen and sun protection while enjoying the outdoors, and, as always, bring and drink LOTS of water!
Know of other natural events happening this month?? Share them with us on social media or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Happy Exploring Everyone –