Friday, February 27, 2015

The Living Desert With Friends

We have two favorites here in the Coachella Valley. The first is The Living Desert and the second is the The Palm Springs Air Museum.  We go enough times that it pays us in the long run to have memberships to both.  

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Yesterday we had the privilege of having friends join us for the day at The Living Desert. Barbara and Gordon, and Barb's brother Dale and his wife Mary.

Right now there is a special exhibit there. Birds of the Australian Outback.

Part of the following description was taken from the Living Desert's Webpage.
 Animal enthusiasts have a chance to interact with hundreds of Australian birds at the Birds of the Australian Outback exhibit, returning to The Living Desert on December 26th, 2014.

Zoo Goers get to do more than observe this special Aussie adventure. Guests are able to roam a self-contained free flight aviary specially constructed for the exhibit, and feed the colorful, chirping birds with seed sticks. The birds are “budgies,” a type of parakeet weighing about an ounce each, and feathered with shades of blue, green, white and yellow.

More than 300 of the personable Aussie birds fly, chirp, swoop, and feast on the seed sticks offered by visitors inside the aviary. It’s a great opportunity for guests to get up close and have direct interaction with the colorful birds.

The volunteers teasingly tell people the birds are trained to go for the $20's. this dollar bill eventually fell to the floor while the budgie kept looking for that twenty.

Some of you may notice in some of the pictures I had a blue blouse on and my back pack was worn in the back as above.... in an earlier picture I had a teal colored blouse on with my purse worn in the front. We went to the Living Desert both Wednesday and Thursday. As you can see here, the birds love to get inside of purses and pockets. Thus the earlier picture I and other visitors were asked to either leave the bags outside the exhibit or where them in the front.... 

We stopped at the Discovery Center where we learned about ........snakes. But I had much more fun watching this adorable little girl who was totally engrossed with the Ranger and the snake. ( a non poisonous milk snake)

She had no problem at the end of the learning session with going right up to the ranger and petting that snake.....

One of my favorite exhibits is the Mountain Sheep. 

There are plenty of places to just sit in the shade or sun if you prefer, and just watch. Their feeding stations are cleverly hidden from viewers, but we knew where to go to give our guests the best views.

I'm sorry I don't remember the name of these birds but they were sure fun to watch.

And what about this "pretty" guy? Not..... but fun to watch.
Rarely do we ever get to see the Cheetah. He is usually sleeping but what a treat for us today.

And Barb......this one is just for you :)

This is my better side

We saw the Mt. Lion down in Eagle Canyon

And for the first time ever I saw the The Jaguar Display

The End