Last Friday evening it was Nocturnal Animal Discovery Night at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center. The Rio Salado Park Rangers, the Arizona Herpetological Association, and Adobe Mountain Wildlife were all there sharing their expertise and did a great job. There were snakes, bats, a ring tail, a skunk, and we were all agog over the gorgeous Great Horned Owl. If you still haven't been out to the new Audubon Center, tssktssk, you really should go. Inside is a gift shop area, wonderful displays, amazing photography, a lecture hall, and classrooms. Large glass floor to ceiling windows look out to a demonstration pond/marsh habitat. I had a hard time focusing on the lectures as the sun was setting, it was too tempting to look out at the marsh to see who might fly by. Us birders can have short attention spans.
The handouts provided were excellent, and beautiful posters of Arizona Rattlesnakes, and Bats of Arizona were handed out free of charge. Afterward, we went outside with black light flashlights looking for scorpions. As a followup event it would be great to go out on the trails on the north side of the Rio Salado at sunset for possible owl and nighthawk sightings, and with hopes of bumping into one of our nocturnal critters!.