Tropical Desert Biome
Mallory, Diana, Nick, and Drake
Activities that you can do while you are here:
You may hike for miles through southeastern Arizona's forested Chiricahua Mountains in search of the Elegant Trogon.
Go camping in developed campgrounds and horse camps.
Wildlife refuges offer unique opportunities for the public to observe and view plants and animals in their natural habitat. They are also a good place to learn about ecosystems, endangered species and the special adaptations of desert life.
The Indio Open Air Market is a cumulation of a farmer’s market, swap meet and flea market all rolled into one location. It is a Mexican-style shopping experience.
The average bobcat weighs 15 to 20 pounds, and is 2 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet long. The bobcat looks pretty much like a regular cat except bigger. The desert bobcat's color is a mixture of white, black, brown, and orange. The bobcat often gets confused with the mountain lion because of its fearsome growl.
Bobcats can be found almost anywhere, but one of the most common places is the southwest desert.
The bobcat's diet consist of rabbits, squirrels, mice, gophers,rats, and fish. They're good at catching all their prey because of their hunting ability.
Despite the bobcat's cute appearance it is actually very fierce and can kill animals as large as deer. A good thing about the bobcat is it won't kill any healthy large prey unless it's desperate. The bobcat always goes for the sick or wounded first. This is good because the sick won't spread disease to others.
Bobcats are loners. Each bobcat has its own territory which it will not share with other bobcats, except for females.
The bobcat's status in the wild used to be very plentiful, but too many people took advantage of that and almost killed them off. A good thing now is that the big game people are protecting them.
Plants in the Tropical Desert:
Come out and see the amazing plants of the tropical desert. There is the barrel cactus that was used by native Americans to make fish hooks. The creosote bush is home to crickets, grass hoppers, and prating mantids. These types of tree is a part of the desert ecosystem it provides shelter for many desert animals. The desert pincushion flower is found at high elevations and it's an annual herb. The organ pipe cactus provides food for native Americans. The pulp can be eaten. This last tree is called the elephant tree the branches look like trunks it helps many plants and animals.
Climates- The tropical desert is an environment of extremes: it is the driest and hottest place on earth. Rainfall is sporadic and in some years no measurable precipitation falls at all. The terribly dry conditions of the deserts is due to the year-round influence of subtropical high pressure and continentality.
The tropical desert has the highest mean annual temperature of any climate on Earth. The high temperatures are a result of the high sun angles throughout the year and having the highest percentage of sunshine of any climate. No month has an average temperature below 18oC (64.4oF) and many places have consecutive average monthly temperatures in the mid 30os Celsius (90oF). Daytime temperatures can reach 50oC (120oF) at low elevation inland deserts.
Seasons- The Earth rotates about its axis, which is tilted at 23.5 degrees. This tilt and the sun's radiation result in the Earth's seasons. The sun emits rays that hit the earth's surface at different angles. These rays transmit the highest level of energy when they strike the earth at a right angle (90 °). Temperatures in these areas tend to be the hottest places on earth. Other locations, where the sun's rays hit at lesser angles, tend to be cooler.As the Earth rotates on it's tilted axis around the sun, different parts of the Earth receive higher and lower levels of radiant energy. This creates the seasons.
Best time time to visit the tropical desert- winter, fall, spring