Hummingbird just outside of the exhibit.
Hummingbird just outside of the exhibit.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I decided to buy a season pass to the Living Desert. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon or morning  – walking along the paths through the park. The animals are normally quiet or hiding during the middle of the day, or when temperatures are warm. I thought a season pass would allow me to visit the park at different times, and to capture the wildlife in action.


To my surprise, the park now has an amazing new butterfly and hummingbird exhibit. Living Desert has populated its exhibit with 30 different species of butterflies and several species of hummingbirds. A screened enclosure that you can walk through and explore features a path that leads around a lush garden filled with flowering plants and fountains. You can walk right up to the flora to observe the butterflies and hummers feeding on nectar. It’s a great way to get close to nature. The exhibit is only open through April ’09, so check it out while you can.

If you were thinking of building a butterfly and hummingbird garden, this one will give you some great ideas. They had bowls of fruit in water, many species of flowering plants that serve as a food source for the butterflies and hummingbirds, and numerous fountains. For more information on how to build a butterfly garden, visit the following article on titled “How To Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Garden.”

The Living Desert Butterfly and Hummingbird Exhibit
October 2008 – April 2009
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Marian Miner Cook Pavilion
Admission: Non-members $2; Members: Free
(this is in addition to the Park admission)

Julia butterfly
Julia butterfly
Swallowtail Butterfly.
Zebra Butterfly
Zebra Butterfly
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Lynn Bremner is the author of, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix. In addition to the DesertRoadTrippin’ blog, Lynn also writes articles and produces content for the, Empire Polo Lifestyle Magazine and


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