The mighty saguaro cactus, the small but very useful agave, and even the common prickly pear cactus have their place not only in the desert ecosystem, but in the human history of the area. The care, harvest, and respect for the plants drove a particular lifestyle through the ages that was only enhanced by irrigation and agriculture.
I Spy Nature- at a "historical park"
Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Animals of the Sonoran Desert
Honored for their skill, beauty, and spirit, birds and other animals of the desert helped define the desert itself. The 'circle of life' includes the wildlife, including seasonal inhabitants. The ancestral peoples knew and respected the animals and plants, chosing to live where they did thanks to the bounty found in particular areas.
Last updated: March 27, 2015