Sarah Au

Sarah Au

Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 15:18

Desert Greetings & Gratitude

Hello everyone, my name is Sarah Au (they/them/theirs). I am an intern for Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ as part of the 2018 Latino Heritage Internship Program. Tucson, AZ is on the traditional homelands of the Tohono O’odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui People. I was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised among desert people and saguaros, where summers smelled of creosote.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:14

Summer Selfies with Saguaros

Summer is almost a week away and saguaro blooming season is in full swing at Saguaro National Park. The saguaro blossom is Arizona’s State Flower, and every morning in the field I’m reminded why. These sacred blossoms bloom for less than 24 hours, opening at night and remaining open only through the next day. During this time, their pollinator birds, bats and insects are attracted to these creamy-white blooms with yellow-fragrant centers that look like farm-fresh eggs and smell of the flesh of fresh cut calabaza.

Friday, 22 June 2018 15:09

Paloma Pitayera

It’s been a month to the day that I finally learned the name of the birds that I’ve spent my lifetime of summers with. Before then, I never knew what to call these grayish-brown and round, ruler-long morning risers. But I did know that every year, a few months before summer rains, they would return with their songs. The songs that have been the score to my summers for seasons.

I’ve been offered traditional knowledge from people who’ve been in long relationships with their natural surroundings. They’ve taught me to listen to the subtleties of these surroundings and all that is happening around me, while always acknowledging that everything is alive.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 14:34

Arizona LHIP Interns Unite!

Hey LHIP Familia, my summer has been such a busy blast so far!

I recently had the huge pleasure of hosting LHIP Intern Miriam from Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona, at Saguaro National Park in Tucson.

Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:45

Sarah Au

I was born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised among saguaros, where summers smelled of creosote. My father was a Vietnamese refugee who migrated here in the early eighties. My mother’s history is rooted in this region of the Sonoran desert for as long as she can remember. I received an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Public Health from the University of Arizona. Through the contrasting dual experience of growing up in poverty and all it came with, to being the first-generation of my family to have access to an academic analysis of systematic power constructs that perpetuate poverty, a fierce fire was sparked and fueled in my panza toward facilitating equitable change. This led me to pursue healing justice work with marginalized communities, much like my own. Through my LHIP Internship as a Biological Technician, I had the incredible opportunity to join this brilliant team in doing some amazing work in Resource Management.