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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|

Discovering Bats at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

By: Jessie Dwyer Graduate Student, Arizona State University Last summer, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy partnered with Dr. Jesse Lewis’ lab at Arizona State University to conduct a pilot research study on bats in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The goal of the study was to gain fundamental knowledge about bats by determining which Arizona bat species

2020-06-02T10:10:55-07:00June 1st, 2020|News, Online Learning, Science|

Protecting Native Biodiversity Isn’t Easy

Originally published in the Spring 2017 Edition of Mountain Lines By Dr. Helen Rowe, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Parsons Field Institute Associate Director Over half of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s 80-mile boundary is surrounded by urban development, making it easily accessible to incursion from nonnative plants. Recent surveys by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Parsons Field Institute

2020-05-29T11:14:58-07:00June 1st, 2020|News, Online Learning, Science|

Research Reports from NAU

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|
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