McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Reports Results of Non-Native Plant Grant Work

Author:  Paul Staker, Master Steward The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy recently completed a two-year grant from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM). The goal of this grant was to work with partners to implement a regional invasive plant removal program, based on DFFM’s interest in working with local groups within Arizona to help

2020-07-31T10:03:19-07:00July 31st, 2020|News, Science, Stewardship|

Conservancy Staff alumna sights tamarisk beetles in eastern Arizona

On June 12th, Melanie Tluczek with Gila Watershed Partnership made an interesting discovery.  Melanie is an alumna of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, having served as Manager of the Field Institute until 2017.  She is now Executive Directior of the Gila Watershed  Partnership, which, like the Conservancy, seeks to engage the community in protecting local ecosystems

2020-07-15T12:46:33-07:00July 16th, 2020|News, People of the Sonoran Desert, Science|

Mountain Lines – Summer 2020

Our Summer 2020 Mountain Lines, magazine of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, is available now. Check out our web edition to learn about Tips for Enjoying the Preserve with our Equestrian Friends!, Architecture of the Desert, Whose Scat is That?, Connecting Youth to Nature, and so much more. Read more    

2020-07-01T19:40:27-07:00July 1st, 2020|Mountain Lines, News, Publications|

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, 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|

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|
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