Friends of the Sonoran Desert: The Astonishing, Astounding, Amazing Sonoran Desert
7PM THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
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Friends of the Sonoran Desert
School of Sustainability



Join the Friends of the Sonoran Desert as they celebrate the launch of The Astonishing, Astounding, Amazing Sonoran Desert.  Co-sponsored by the ASU School of Sustainability.

The Astonishing, Astounding, Amazing Sonoran Desert is an entertaining introduction to the Sonoran Desert ecosystem, perfect for visitors or residents who want a quick read to painlessly acquaint themselves with the Sonoran Desert and its wildlife. Vibrant full-page color illustrations capture the colors of the desert and the behavior of its wildlife.

You will learn about the keystone plants of the Sonoran Desert—the legume trees that provide shade nurseries mandatory for the survival of many young plants, and the iconic columnar cacti which tower over the desert, providing food and shelter to many of its inhabitants. We’ll tell you about desert species with fascinating natural histories, like the carnivorous grasshopper mouse who eats other mice and howls at the night sky, and desert termites, without which the desert floor would be buried under detritus and cow dung. We will also outline the threats to the Sonoran Desert and what you can do to help protect this unique ecosystem.

Hear stories about the Sonoran Desert and its inhabitants that will make you fall in love with this very special ecosystem.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Astonishing, Astounding, Amazing Sonoran Desert was written by Harriet and Andrew Smith, board members of Friends of the Sonoran Desert (FSD), and illustrated by graphic designer, Roni Alexander. Harriet Smith is a retired psychologist who grew up in Tucson, AZ, and never lost her love for the Sonoran Desert. Andrew Smith is a conservation biologist and emeritus professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences, and the 2015 recipient of the American Society of Mammalogists Aldo Leopold Conservation Award. The mission of FSD is to conserve the Sonoran Desert through advocacy, science, and stewardship. All proceeds from this book will fund the projects of FSD.
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$14.99
ISBN: 9780578544472
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dockside Sailing Press - July 12th, 2019