The heavy rainfall of recent months has brought shades of green to the desert along with the promise of wildflowers in the spring. The dramatic change to the landscape when the wildflowers bloom is one of the joys of living in the desert. The Heard Museum lies within the Sonoran Desert, lush as deserts go because it can receive both summer and winter rainfall. According to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum’s website, “more than 2,000 species of flowering plants alone” are found here. The Sonoran Desert is also unique among North American deserts because of the diversity of habitat contained within the region from the tundra of the Flagstaff area to the tropical forest found in the cape of Baja California Sur. The rich diversity of the Sonoran Desert is echoed by the following four selections from the Library collection ranging from descriptions of nourishment for the body through local foods to nourishment of the soul by inspiring poetry.
These works demonstrating the impact of the Sonoran Desert on those calling this region home (and vice versa) are currently on display in the public reading area of the Library. Please feel free to visit the Library to review these or any other items of interest in the Library and Archives collections. For more details or additional collection information, click on the link labeled Library Catalog Search located in the pull-down menu of the Library tab on the Heard Museum website.
When the rains come : a naturalist’s year in the Sonoran Desert
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2009
Heard call number QH104.5.S58 A425 2009
Brewer, Linda M.
Vanishing circles : portraits of disappearing wildlife of the Sonoran Desert region
Tucson, Ariz. : Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press, c2010
Heard call number QH104.5.S58 B74 2010
Magrane, Eric and Christopher Cokinos (editors)
The Sonoran Desert : a literary field guide
Tucson : The University of Arizona Press, 2016
Heard call number PS509.S56 S66 2016
Tohono O’Odham Community Action ; with Mary Paganelli Votto & Frances Manuel
From I’itoi’s garden : Tohono O’odham food traditions
[Sells, AZ] : Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA)/Blurb, c2010
Heard call number E99.P25 T59 2010