Monthly Archives: June 2020

Don’t let it loose: Releasing a pet into the wild is the wrong thing to do

For immediate release, May 20, 2020 Arizona Game and Fish Department Contact: Tom Cadden, Public Information Officer (623) 236-7392, tcadden@azgfd.gov Phoenix -- Some people mistakenly believe that when their exotic pets get too difficult to manage, it is okay to release them into the wild. But that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Introduced

2020-06-24T10:42:28-07:00June 25th, 2020|News, Science|

Arizona Game and Fish Department urges public to leave baby wildlife alone

AZGFD urges public to leave baby wildlife alone  PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds the public to leave baby wildlife alone. As temperatures rise and days grow longer, newborns of many species of wildlife are beginning to explore the world around them. AZGFD encourages people to resist the urge to help

2020-06-23T10:31:53-07:00June 23rd, 2020|News, Science|

Sixty Seconds in the Sonoran Desert

Take a moment and relax with us in the Sonoran Desert of Northern Scottsdale, Arizona. These beautiful images are from the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and surrounding areas, and are photographed by Lynne Janney Russell. Lynne also produces these videos for us! She exemplifies what it means to be a

2020-06-09T10:56:53-07:00June 19th, 2020|News, Sixty Seconds in the Sonoran Desert|

Bush fire highlights the threat of invasive species

The Bush fire is currently the largest wildfire in the US, growing in six days to almost 115,000 acres. It started on Saturday (6/13/2020) when a car caught on fire along Highway 87, a popular weekend travel route through the Tonto National Forest. Sonoran Desert plants and animals are not adapted to fires, and many

2020-06-18T16:01:55-07:00June 18th, 2020|Science|

Drought in the Sonoran Desert

Here's some of the latest news about drought and the Sonoran Desert from the internet! The Revelator:  Will Arizona's Saguaros Survive Climate Change and Drought? EcoWatch:  Southwest Drought Could Be Worst in 12,000 years AZ Central:  Climate change could transform Arizona forests and deserts Yale:  How Phoenix is preparing for a future without Colorado River

2020-06-08T15:06:43-07:00June 8th, 2020|News|

Four Components of a Successful Desert Hike

By Barb Pringle McDowell Sonoran Conservancy master steward Parsons Field Institute at McDowell Sonoran Conservancy certified citizen scientist Originally published in the Summer 2015 edition of Mountain Lines   Mcdowell Sonoran Preserve visitors often overestimate their ability to safely hike in the Sonoran desert. This is especially true in the summer when daytime temperatures can

2020-06-03T16:27:39-07:00June 4th, 2020|News, Stewardship, Visiting|

Discovering Bats at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

By: Jessie Dwyer Graduate Student, Arizona State University Last summer, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy partnered with Dr. Jesse Lewis’ lab at Arizona State University to conduct a pilot research study on bats in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The goal of the study was to gain fundamental knowledge about bats by determining which Arizona bat species

2020-06-02T10:10:55-07:00June 1st, 2020|News, Online Learning, Science|
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