Upon moving to Arizona in 2010 to be closer to their children and grandchildren, Rick and Judy Cooper found themselves near Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and soon fell in love with the area. Rick and Judy joined a botany hike on the suggestion of others, having some interest in the plants that surrounded them. This
Reviews: "Lyrical ruminations on plant and animal life . . . witty and insightful, [Alcock] pries under rocks and peers around saguaro and brittlebush to explore a world teeming with activity and color. There is magic here, and Alcock conveys the wonder and mystery of seasonal change in a way that will appeal to newcomers
Dear Citizen Science Community, Each year, the Parsons Field Institute hosts an end-of-season celebration to recognize our passionate, hard-working citizen scientists. This year is special. Our world is going through a health crisis. We've cancelled our in-person celebrations, but understand that our current precautions are aimed at the future well-being of us all. 2020 also
Over a quarter of species on the Red List of Threatened Species face a high risk of extinction—often due to human activity. That’s the most recent report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Their Red List monitors a growing list of over 112,000 species. In response, a global call-to-action has been sounded
That's right - we're at our first Conservancy Kids milestone with this fifth issue! Let's talk about our friends...Pokey Cacti! Exploring local cactus (carefully of course) can lead you to understand more about our Sonoran Desert. This week we highlight vocabulary words, too! There's also a short video on being prepared in the desert, something
Wow! We keep learning so much from Ranger Luke and Ranger Nicole! Here's issue #4 of Conservancy Kids. This issue, we're using our sense of smell! Check it out at this link! https://bit.ly/2Kcuso7
With less than a foot of rain annually and summer temperatures routinely exceeding 104 degrees, you might wonder how any plant or animal gets enough moisture to survive. And yet any visitor to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve can readily find evidence of a thriving ecosystem (over 2,000 flowering plants alone). So how does the Preserve
This time, let's join Ranger Luke as he uses his sense of hearing to discover the great outdoors in the Sonoran Desert. Grab Your Newsletter Here!
Dear Parsons Field Institute and Citizen Science Friends, Spring is our busiest time of year for field work. This year, we've faced plenty of challenges - both from rain and the global health crisis. BUT - Thanks to our hard-working and enthusiastic Stewards and partners, we developed ways to maintain social distancing and continue our
The second issue of Conservancy Kids is Live NOW! This time, Ranger Luke uses his sense of sight to explore and record his observations. Let's see what you can find!