Conservancy Kids

We bring the Sonoran Desert to you!

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Welcome to Conservancy Kids!

We are so excited to have you with us on this virtual journey of inquiry and place-based learning! Right now we may be social distancing, but we're all connected by the awesomeness of science. We're junior scientists, exploring the natural world, asking questions, and making discoveries. Join us for an adventure that will take you outdoors, around the house, and into the incredible Sonoran Desert. Welcome to Conservancy Kids!

What is a Scatologist?

You can be a scientist of pretty much anything, including poop! Nicole discovers the study of scat is a real thing (it's called scatology) and you can learn a lot about the animals living in an area by investigating what they leave behind.
Nicole Discovers Scat!

Exploring Scat!

Everybody poops, including animals in the wild! If you're lucky, you might come across evidence of wildlife in the form of scat. Join Nicole and Taylor as they talk all things scat--what we can learn from it, tips for identifying any you may find while exploring nature, and how we can all become amateur scatologists.

Exploring Scat!

Scat Identification

To get started identifying scat in the Sonoran Desert and Southwest Arizona, check out this easy-to-use guide HERE compiled by the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


The guide itself starts on page 20, with more detailed descriptions and photos of individual animals following.


Remember to use a stick or other disposable item if you decide to explore the contents of scat and wash your hands after your investigation.

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We're socially distanced but still connected by the awesomeness of science!


Have questions about the Sonoran Desert? Want a lesson on a specific topic? Email us at nicole@mcdowellsonoran.org.

Taylor R. Hanson

Taylor is a young professional in wildlife biology and conservation. Currently working in Southeast Arizona, she wants to share with people the desert and it's incredible wildlife.

Nicole Kallman, Education Coordinator

Nicole loves science and exploration. In college, she studied physics and biology. Now, she shares her excitement about science with others, encouraging everyone to follow in the footsteps of Miss Frizzle: "take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!"