A Brief Introduction of Saguaro National Park

Greetings! My name is Sam and I am very excited to be one of the interns for the very first Birdability cohort! A little bit about myself: I am currently in my junior year studying public health and Arabic at the University of Arizona. In the past I have worked as a NASA Space Grant research intern, where my research focus was on aerospace engineering and biosystems engineering. In addition to working with NASA, I was also appointed as a Mo Udall Policy Scholar in 2023 and an Arabic Flagship Scholar in 2022. When I’m not elbow-deep in scientific research, I spend a lot of my free time volunteering and doing outreach for Arizona Ambassadors. My primary responsibility during this internship is making the park more accessible to neurodivergent individuals and people with disabilities.

What excites me most about being part of this is being able to not only grow as a person but learn more about the beautiful Saguaro National Park. This park is the second largest national park in Arizona (just behind Grand Canyon National Park) and is one of 22 national parks in the state of Arizona. It is home to a wide variety of different birds, such as the roadrunner and the Gila woodpecker. In addition, it serves as the primary habitat for many different species of animals outside of birds, as well as plants such as cacti. The park itself is named after the state plant of Arizona, the saguaro cactus. 

There are a multitude of things to do in Saguaro National Park that are fun for the whole family. This includes: birding, hiking, camping, and more! There are two main entrances to the park, the east entrance and the west entrance. The east entrance leads you to the Rincon Mountains, where you can hike trails and view different caves. The west entrance is where you can view the gorgeous cactus forest. 

I hope you all get the chance to experience the beauty that is Saguaro National Park!

chainfruit cholla

Chain Fruit Cholla at Saguaro National Park. Source: T. Wiewel, “Chain fruit Cholla”, 2024. Accessed via www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/gettingaround

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