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Summer Saturday Nights: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (It's a Zoo!)

Summer Saturday Nights at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Mike in Tucson

Summer Saturday Nights at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Mike in Tucson

What you're looking at is part of the Riparian Corridor at Tucson's Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  I was here to learn about bats~the world's only flying mammals. (Flying squirrels can't really fly; they're just real good at gliding.)

Think of it [the water] as a runway for for airplanes to do "touch-and-go" landings, only in this case, the airplanes are bats skimming the surface of the water to take a drink.

Computer display and playback of the bats' echo-location calls: Mike in Tucson

I didn't photograph a bat tonight, but that turtle was very obliging as he made his way across the pond.

Scientist capturing echo-location sounds of bats: Mike in TucsonA scientist was capturing the echo-location calls of bats as they flew by, downloading them to her computer, and playing them for us at a frequency humans can hear. 

She fascinated us with her explanation of the nature and sophistication of the "radar" that bats use to "see" the world around them.

Come visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 

"Close to home, far from ordinary!"

 

 

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I have to experience this when I stay the night. Thanks for sharing

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) about 10 years ago

Harry,

Call me, and we'll have you over for a Saturday afternoon cookout, and go together.  This is only a few miles from our home in the Tucson Mountains.  Bring a few Rainers, and we'll have an Active Rain Event!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

We need bats and people have all kinds of silly ideas about them.  If you ever go to Austin, TX in the summer, there are hundreds of thousands of bats living under the Congress Avenue Bridge.  The fly out in huge crowds after the sun goes down.  It's a major tourist attraction.  My cousins live there, so we went to the bridge and watched them... 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

Doreen,

Bats are the primary pollinators of fruit trees all across Southeast Asia, according to the Docent.  Without them performing this function, that area of the world would have no fruit trees.  Interesting stuff.

I've seen the cloud of bats on a summer's evening in Austin when I was there on business.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

 

Wow!  A flying turtle!

Nice shot, Mike - it looks like you caught that turtle in mid-air.

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 Mike
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Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) about 10 years ago

You have flying turtles and bats, we have mountain lions and bears.    There are zoos everywhere!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 10 years ago

Joan,

This is one of the world's 10 Best Zoos! Come visit.

Mike,

It does look like the turtle is flying, doesn't it?

Mike in Tucson

 

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike,

"Radar?" Using sound not radio frequencies wwouldn't that be "sonar?"

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

Wonderful!  Another thing to put on my "Must Do in Tucson" list!

Posted by Emmary Simpson, Serving Las Cruces, NM (Las Cruces Homes and Land) about 10 years ago

This is really interesting! One of these days I will get out there, perhaps next summer!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago

Yes,

The bats coming out from under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge is an amazing sight to watch!  Best spot is on the bridge itself.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) about 10 years ago

Our local zoo has night opportunities as well - I have not yet taken advantage of them, but would love to do so. I think bats are too cool!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 10 years ago

That is such a fascinating photo......I don't think the turtle wanted to have any bats disturb his swim.

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 10 years ago

Mike...what fun!
I have always liked watching the bats converge at dusk..(going after mosquitoes the little dears)Unfortunately the ones that are native to this area have been attacked by some sort of fungus that they fear will descimate the population!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Great post!  Well put together.  I'm new to Active Rain, but I enjoy reading blogs that are well designed, like this one.  Thanks

 

Tim

Posted by Timothy George, Arizona Mortgage (602) 492-6847 (Arizona Mortgage Rates - FHA Mortgage Loans in Arizona) about 10 years ago

Tim,

WELCOME to Active Rain!!

Joan,

Won't happen.  Bats make up 25% of the "mammal mass" on the planet.  They'll keep on getting those pesky mosquitoes.

Ann,

The turtle was certainly enjoying himself.

Carol,

So do I!

Dorie,

I've stood there myself, and need to do so again.

Barbara-Jo,

Let us know when you're coming.

Emmary,

So when are you coming?

Bill,

Sonar would be the thing, wouldn't it?  But isn't sonar underwater?

Mike in Tucson

 

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

It's been too long since I've been to Tucson. The best place to watch bats, though, is the Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin, Texas.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 10 years ago

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