VIDEO: In The Field - Life on the Sonoran Desert Devil's Highway
Take a trip to Arizona to see what a Texas Tech wetlands ecology researcher is doing in the Sonoran Desert. It's tough work especially when you're doing it in triple digit temperatures, within an air force bombing range, and in a land known to locals as the "Devil's Highway." The Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range makes up part of the Sonoran Desert, a hot landscape that stretches across Southern Arizona near the Mexico border.
Kerry Griffis-Kyle, an associate professor of wetland ecology in Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management, takes us to a natural tinaja (Spanish for "jar"), which are pockets of water scattered around the Sonoran Desert. Some are natural while others are artificially constructed to help hydrate the wildlife.
Kyle's graduate research assistants, Joseph Drake and Demi Gary, show the kinds of creatures that are there when no humans are around. Griffs-Kyle and her team are examining the differences between these natural and artificial tinajas and how they can potentially impact the animals that depend on them. It should be noted that handling any kind of wildlife is potentially dangerous. Handling amphibians like the ones seen in the video can be especially hazardous, Kyle said.
The video series is produced by Tech's Office of the Vice President for Research, featuring John Davis.
Written by Norman Martin
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