Monthly Archives: August 2020

Intern Jacob Zehner shares insight into research project

Hello! I am a summer intern from Northern Arizona University working on a collaborative project between the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy that aims to evaluate the current invasive species management efforts of Homeowners Associations (HOAs) across the Phoenix area.  Currently, our delicate desert ecosystems are succumbing to invasive plant

2020-08-26T12:52:41-07:00August 26th, 2020|News, Science|

What Lies Beneath

by Rob Hallagan   Yes, there are amphibians (toads) in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Hidden. Buried in the Earth. Waiting for the rain. Stewards working under McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Citizen Science Program with the Parsons Field Institute have been conducting amphibian surveys over several years. The purpose is to systematically

2020-08-26T08:03:01-07:00August 26th, 2020|News, Science|

Conservancy CAZCA partners issue op-ed plea to fund public parks and open spaces

Our partners at CAZCA recently issues an opinion/editorial at Arizona Central reminding the public that in these challenging times, the strain put on our open spaces is extraordinary, and funding is needed to continue to offer these locations for people to enjoy.  They highlight the therapeutic side of nature and ask the public to consider

2020-08-14T10:18:12-07:00August 14th, 2020|Latest Mentions, News, Press, Support|

60 Seconds in the Sonoran Desert #15

Join us again for this weekly installment of the sights of the Sonoran Desert. Take one minute from your day to breathe deeply and take it in. Soon, the weather will be cooler and you can enjoy the experience in person! https://youtu.be/Wjn7aKoMqrc

2020-08-18T08:47:55-07:00August 14th, 2020|News, Sixty Seconds in the Sonoran Desert|

Parson’s Field Institute Associate Director Helen Rowe featured in podcast, In Defense of Plants

The human population of the Sonoran Desert is growing quickly, developing the surrounding landscape at an alarming pace. At the same time, botanists are racing to understand the fate of this so called "green deserts flora." In this episode we learn what it takes to properly assess a region's flora for extinction risk and how

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