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.

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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 DesertUSA.com 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
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Swallowtail Butterfly.
Zebra Butterfly
Zebra Butterfly

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