This Third/2022 Edition of HIDDEN LIFE OF THE DESERT––appropriately subtitled And Our Future in the Drying Southwest––offers students, teachers, and parents an inspiring, clearly written introduction to the Sonoran Desert (for 6th Grade and older), richly illustrated with color photographs. Like previous editions, Part 1 of the book profiles plants and animals through five seasons of a desert year: Spring, Dry Summer, Wet Summer, Autumn, & Winter.
Part 2 ––“Facing the Future,” updated and greatly expanded––challenges readers to adopt desert thinking for desert living, in the context of explosive population growth and climate change. Consider where water in the West comes from, how we use it, and how power and water are connected. See how invasive grasses, today’s farming practices, and mining threaten arid lands. Learn about renewable energy, solar canals, “Mechanical Trees,” rainwater harvesting, and some crops of the future––desert plants that give us natural rubber, medicines, food, and biofuels.