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Much of the Sonoran Desert is rather wet by desert standards, receiving more that 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) of annual precipitation, distributed biannually in late winter/early spring by frontal pacific storms and in late summer by often local and occasionally violent convectional storms. Drought and temperature extremes continually place stresses on the Sonoran desert environment, but periods of relief have occurred with sufficient frequency to permit the evolution of a rich and highly specialized biota. The result to specialization and adaptation in this desert has been the ability of flora and fauna to endure environmental stresses, and to optimize utilization of environmental resources--particularly water--when they are available.
State of the Park
In 2012, Organ Pipe, along with eight other parks, was selected as a pilot park in a new project for the National Park Service called 'State of the Parks'.
The purpose of these State of the Park reports is to:
1. Provide to visitors and the American public a snapshot of the status and trend in the condition of the park's priority resources and values;
2. Summarize and communicate complex scientific, scholarly, and park operations factual information and expert opinion using non-technical language and a visual format;
3. Highlight park stewardship activities and accomplishments to maintain or improve the State of the Park;
4. Identify key issues and challenges facing the park to help inform park management planning.
Visit the State of the Park webpage for Organ Pipe
Did You Know?
Lesser long-nosed bats are considered an endangered species. Every summer Organ Pipe Cactus NM hosts a "maternal" colony consisting of 20,000 pregnant female bats. They come to feast on the pollen, nectar and fruit of the cactus. They are the primary pollinator of Organ Pipe Cactus. More...