artwork is the result of a Sonoran Desert habitat building activity for 6-12 year old children. Our canvas includes the sky and
the land. We decide on the time of day and weather for our scene.
We start with a keystone plant, the saguaro. Then we add the
nurse trees, ironwood, mesquite and palo verde. Next some prickly
pear cactus, grasses, and bursage. What bird makes the holes
in the saguaro? The Gila woodpecker is added to the scene. Next
a desert tortoise feeds on prickly pear fruits; a pack rat collects
cholla joints; a great-horned owl naps in the mesquite tree;
a cardinal perches in the ironwood tree; a
Gambel's quail makes a nest under the bursage; a horned lizard
feasts on harvester ants; and a vulture soars above. Before we
know it we have created a diverse saguaro-ironwood habitat.