The term "keystone species" is just a fancy way of saying "a really important species." Conservancy Kids know all species are important to an ecosystem--the disappearance of any one animal will negatively impact the whole system.
The Metro Phoenix EcoFlora Project is an awesome collaboration between the Desert Botanical Garden, Central Arizona Conservation Alliance, the New York Botanical Garden, and other gardens across the country. They're collecting data on plant species in different communities ..........
The Founding of the Parsons Field Institute The original conception in 2005 for the Parsons Field Institute was focused on ecotourism – combining talks about the natural and human history of the land with guided hikes in the nascent Preserve – as a source of funds for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. At that time, the
Habitat is another word for a living thing's home or natural environment. If you live in the Phoenix Valley, your habitat is the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert is pretty big (about 100,000 square miles), but you can also look for organisms in smaller places called microhabitats.
We usually focus on the Sonoran Desert, but today we are excited to learn about the other three deserts found in Arizona. Stay tuned to hear more about our four Arizona deserts, what defines a desert, and why deserts are important.