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The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and the School of Earth and Sustainability (SES) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) are partnering on a new conservation practice research program. In this program, students at SES work on projects with the Conservancy’s Parsons Field Institute through internships and group capstone projects to give students access to unique opportunities to

2020-05-27T13:50:30-07:00May 18th, 2020|News, Science|

Parsons Field Institute Citizen Science News – May 5, 2020

Dear Parsons Field Institute and Citizen Science Friends, We are excited to share with you our achievements from the 2019-2020 season. While our season ended differently than most of us expected, we've had many successes over the past year that we'd like to share. Below we share highlights from each of our citizen science project

2020-05-12T13:03:41-07:00May 5th, 2020|News, Publications, Science|

Cheers to a Successful Year of Citizen Science!

Despite recent challenges caused by the global pandemic, the 2019–2020 season was filled with incredible successes. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Parsons Field Institute and Citizen Science Program achieved so much over the past year, from continuing ongoing projects to starting exciting new ones, from engaging volunteers to collaborating with new partners. We are thrilled to

2020-05-05T09:46:10-07:00May 5th, 2020|News, Science|

People of the Sonoran Desert – Rick and Judy Cooper

Upon moving to Arizona in 2010 to be closer to their children and grandchildren, Rick and Judy Cooper found themselves near Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and soon fell in love with the area. Rick and Judy joined a botany hike on the suggestion of others, having some interest in the plants that surrounded them. This

2020-04-29T08:58:40-07:00April 29th, 2020|News, People of the Sonoran Desert, Stewardship|

Sonoran Desert Spring by John Alcock Is April’s Book of the Month

Reviews: "Lyrical ruminations on plant and animal life . . . witty and insightful, [Alcock] pries under rocks and peers around saguaro and brittlebush to explore a world teeming with activity and color. There is magic here, and Alcock conveys the wonder and mystery of seasonal change in a way that will appeal to newcomers

2020-04-27T10:09:01-07:00April 27th, 2020|News|

Parsons Field Institute Citizen Science News – April 22, 2020

Dear Citizen Science Community, Each year, the Parsons Field Institute hosts an end-of-season celebration to recognize our passionate, hard-working citizen scientists. This year is special. Our world is going through a health crisis. We've cancelled our in-person celebrations, but understand that our current precautions are aimed at the future well-being of us all. 2020 also

2020-05-11T10:19:39-07:00April 22nd, 2020|News, Publications, Science|

Conservancy Plays Key Role In Global IUCN Alert

Over a quarter of species on the Red List of Threatened Species face a high risk of extinction—often due to human activity. That’s the most recent report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Their Red List monitors a growing list of over 112,000 species. In response, a global call-to-action has been sounded

2020-04-15T14:49:32-07:00April 17th, 2020|News, Science|