Thursday, May 19, 2011

Spring is in the Air


It is spring time in the valley. At PGM this marks the start of our slow season. The school year is coming to an end, the snow birds are dwindling, and the air outside is getting warm. The changing season will sway some from visiting. However, I would encourage you to stop on by. It is during the spring season that the museum grounds come to life.



Currently there are many plants blooming on the PGM grounds. The majority of the brittle bush and creosote have just dropped their flowers. Currently the Saguaro, Barrel Cactus, Ocotillo, and some of the Mesquites and Palo Verde are in bloom. The fields are covered in desert sunflowers and desert marigold. We even have a beautiful Tamarisk in bloom.

 

During spring the animal population also increases. We have our year-round residents witch include squirrels, quial, rabbits, and others. But this time of year the baby population explodes. If one were to take a walk around the trail one might see bunnies, quail chicks, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, cactus wren, or any number of other birds which call PGM their spring time home. It was just a few days ago that I spotted a quail family with five new hatchlings running around. The chicks were so tiny, about the size of a silver dollar.

 




With the quiet trail, the blossoming flowers, and the multitude of animals scurrying around, I can think of no better time to stop by and take a tour. Just remember to drink plenty of water, try to come earlier in the day, and bring a camera. As a reminder our trail is ADA compliant and we have wheelchairs that are free to use. We also offer umbrellas for a bit of portable shade.

Posted By Joe Clark, Recreation Leader

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