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McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month

Thank you, City of Scottsdale Mayor Ortega, commissioners and council members for recognizing the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and our 650+ volunteer stewards in proclaiming October as "McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month." We sincerely thank the vision of the community leaders and elected officials who imagined what is now the largest urban preserve in the continental United

2021-10-12T13:15:38-07:00October 12th, 2021|Featured News, Latest Mentions, Press|

Mountain Lines – Fall 2021

Our Fall 2021 Mountain Lines, magazine of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, is available now. Check out our web edition to learn about AZH2O, Water and the Human History of the McDowell Mountains, New Pima Dynamite Trailhead, Results of a Trail Restoration Study, Revising the Conservancy's Approach to Education, and so much more.

2021-10-01T10:21:25-07:00October 1st, 2021|Mountain Lines, News|

The PastFinders: Saving the History of the McDowells

The PastFinders: Saving the History of the McDowells When we preserve a mountain range, we preserve so much more than the mountains themselves. We preserve the landscape for the outdoor enjoyment of hikers, cyclists, equestrians and other seekers of the Sonoran experience. For those less inclined to travel the desert, we preserve the viewscape –

2021-07-06T18:09:29-07:00July 6th, 2021|30th Birthday|

The Founding of the Parsons Field Institute

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

2021-08-05T12:52:23-07:00June 15th, 2021|30th Birthday, Science|

Scottsdale Progress Article – McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Attracting Tourists

In an article published by Scottsdale Progress, CEO, Justin Owen was interviewed about the role of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy attracting tourists to Scottsdale. "Because over 40 percent of Scottsdale’s tax revenue comes from nonresidents, the ability for Scottsdale to have a thriving tourism enterprise has allowed the city to be able to preserve this much

2021-05-06T17:14:56-07:00May 6th, 2021|Latest Mentions, News, Press|

Looking at Our Past and Present to Envision Our Future

Looking at Our Past and Present to Envision Our Future Author:  Barbara Montgomery-Ratcliff Mark Twain is purported to have said, “History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” In other words, we hear echoes of our past in our present-day experiences in our vision for our future. In this way, history provides a sense

2021-06-14T11:47:22-07:00May 6th, 2021|30th Birthday|

Q&A About the Sonoran Desert Tortoise Telemetry Project

  Why is there a study project? What’s it all about? The Sonoran Desert tortoise (Gopherus morafkai) is a protected species found here in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This species is under increasing pressure from climate change, human activities, and habitat degradation, which may affect their numbers. Through generous support from the Heritage Fund, the

2021-05-04T11:35:01-07:00May 4th, 2021|Science|

Reflecting on 30 Years: McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Inducted into Scottsdale History Hall of Fame

The Scottsdale History Hall of Fame features more than 100 past and present community leaders and organizations, each having their own unique impact on Scottsdale. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy was honored in 2010 for its tireless work protecting and preserving the McDowell Mountains — a 1.8-billion-year-old treasure and pristine desert landscape. During the celebration in

2021-04-01T10:43:02-07:00April 8th, 2021|30th Birthday|
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