Cactus Forest Loop Road CLOSURE
The Cactus Forest Loop Road in Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District (east) will be closed March 10th and 11th from 5am to 8am. The Visitor Center Parking Lot will also be closed on March 11th from 5am to 8am for road striping. More »
Construction on roads in Tucson Mountain District may cause delays up to 30 mins
Starting February 3rd, work will begin to improve safety features along Picture Rocks Road, Sandario Road and Kinney Road. Work may cause delays up to 30 minutes and the work is scheduled to continue into March. More »
Thank you to all who made the 2011 BioBlitz a success!
BioBlitz 2011 was a great success! The 2011 National Park Service / National Geographic BioBlitz was held in Saguaro National Park, on October 21 and 22. The event provided local scientists, students and citizens the opportunity to conduct a 24-hour inventory of the plants, insects, birds and other living things that inhabit the desert park. Two days of round-the-clock exploration and documentation, provided a snapshot of the many plants and animals in the 91,445-acre park.
BioBlitz teams found at least 859 different species in 24 hours. Included in that total are more than 400 species, mostly invertebrate animals and non-vascular plants, previously unknown in the park and at least one species of bryophyte at this point believed to be new to science.
So stay tuned as we find out what species it is in the next few months!
Other Highlights from BioBlitz include:
We couldn't have done it without the hard work of our partners, National Geographic, Friends of Saguaro National Park and Tucson Electric Power. Thank you to our many volunteers, guest speakers, presenters, artists, exhibitors, and scientists who volunteered their time to educate us about biodiversity in the desert. Lastly, a BIG thank you to the National Park Service for their support!
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For more information on everything BioBlitz, please go to www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz.
Did You Know?
"Don't call ME pig!" Javelinas are able to eat spiny prickly pear pads with no obvious harm to their mouths, stomachs or intestinal tracts due to an enzyme in their saliva. Javelinas are not true pigs, they are peccaries, which are native to the Americas. True pigs are native to Europe and Asia. Wild pigs and boars are descended from true pigs brought over on boats to the new world.