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Amy Wildermuth Presentation

  1. 1. Arizona Desert: Thunderbird Conservation Park, Hedgpeth Hills, Trails H-5, H-4, and H-1 Respectfully Submitted By: Amy Wildermuth BIOS 275
  2. 2. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  3. 3. H-4 • Me on the H-4 Trail • Using a “Camelback” to stay hydrated • Hat to blend in with surroundings • Ready to spot some wildlife and new plants!
  4. 4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcOH4xZhbmg Please click the following link or copy and paste it into your web browser to view 5 different animal species found in Thunderbird Park as well as one incredible sneeze by me: H-4 Wildlife Observation
  5. 5. Animal Species in Video • Falcon • Hawk • Dove • Desert Ground Squirrel • Gambels Quail
  6. 6. H-4 Snakes! • Snake Holes • Sonoran Desert Snake Inhabitants: Kingsnakes, Rattlesnakes, non- venomous snakes • These holes most likely belonged to non-venomous snakes
  7. 7. Insect! • This insect was found along the H-4 trail • The insect was about as large as my index finger from the second knuckle to the tip • Not the most attractive fellow.
  8. 8. Insectomonium • Another view of the poor fellow
  9. 9. Creosote Bush
  10. 10. Apricot Mallow
  11. 11. Arizona Lupine
  12. 12. Chia
  13. 13. Rabbitbrush
  14. 14. Sand Verbena
  15. 15. Desert Shrub
  16. 16. Saguaro Cactus
  17. 17. H-5 and H-1 Entrance
  18. 18. Me at H-5 and H-1 Entrance
  19. 19. Saguaro Cactus
  20. 20. Flowers of the Creosote Bush
  21. 21. Apricot Mallow Flowers
  22. 22. Desert Broom
  23. 23. Two Distinct Types of Desert Moss
  24. 24. Desert Tree, Habitat of various songbirds observed on the trail
  25. 25. Desert Ground Squirrel Habitat H-5
  26. 26. Failed Attempt to Capture Gecko on Film
  27. 27. Woodpecker Site
  28. 28. Desert Plant
  29. 29. Cactus Wren
  30. 30. Desert Ground Squirrel Habitat, H-1
  31. 31. H-1 Sand Verbena
  32. 32. H-1 Habitat
  33. 33. Snake Holes! H-1
  34. 34. Red Beetle, H-1
  35. 35. Hawk Soars Away
  36. 36. Interesting Species!
  37. 37. Location of Desert Hummingbird on H-5
  38. 38. Attempt at capturing elusive Desert Hummingbird
  39. 39. Beautiful Desert Paintbrush
  40. 40. Rabbit Sighting
  41. 41. Brittle Bush
  42. 42. Cactus Wren Spotting
  43. 43. Brittle Bush H-5
  44. 44. In Conclusion • This project was an incredible experience that both heightened my awareness for my natural surroundings, but also implored me with the importance of conserving the habitat of so many beautiful plants and animals • Although my camera died during the last leg of my journey, I was still able to witness incredible diversity within a desert community that I will forever remember.
  45. 45. In Conclusion • From this experience, I gained knowledge of plants and animals, and pushed myself to look beyond normal appreciation and seek out the subtle beauty of the desert. • I am so thankful for this project for I now have a new hobby that I wish to continue no matter what environment I am in: Wildlife Observation and Conservation. • I can not wait to begin my activism for the preservation of natural habitats for plants and animals and I am SO thankful for this project at it has been my catalyst to growth and change for my perspective on the future of this world. Thank you so much for the experience!
  46. 46. Cute Desert Ground Squirrel, H- 5
  47. 47. Failed Attempt at Walking Insect on Brittle Bush
  48. 48. It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Horse on the Trail!
  49. 49. Desert Grasshopper- What Camouflage!!!
  50. 50. H-5 Camera Death, Trail Sightings * Desert ground squirrel * Chipmunk * Cottontail rabbit * Jackrabbit * Mice
  51. 51. H-5 Camera Death, Wildlife Sightings by Water Reservoir • Cactus wren • Gambels quail • Dove • Duck • Killdeer • Heron • Hummingbird <----ADORABLE!
  52. 52. Intermingling of Bushes: Desert Love

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