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|

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Proud to Partner in Conservation Alliance 

The Parsons Field Institute is a proud regional partner within the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA).  Our team helped spearhead a regional open space conservation strategy, which was completed in 2018. Dr. Helen Rowe and Master Steward Dan Gruber serve on the CAZCA steering committee, whose main task is to foster the implementation of this strategy. Our collaborative

2020-05-18T11:20:57-07:00May 14th, 2020|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|

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|

How Does The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Get Its Water?

With less than a foot of rain annually and summer temperatures routinely exceeding 104 degrees, you might wonder how any plant or animal gets enough moisture to survive. And yet any visitor to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve can readily find evidence of a thriving ecosystem (over 2,000 flowering plants alone). So how does the Preserve

2020-04-03T16:57:41-07:00April 10th, 2020|News, Science|

Parsons Field Institute Citizen Science News – April 9, 2020

Dear Parsons Field Institute and Citizen Science Friends, Spring is our busiest time of year for field work. This year, we've faced plenty of challenges - both from rain and the global health crisis. BUT - Thanks to our hard-working and enthusiastic Stewards and partners, we developed ways to maintain social distancing and continue our

2020-05-11T10:11:21-07:00April 9th, 2020|News, Publications, Science|

Conservancy Receives First PhenoChampion Award

It happened again. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy received another award, further establishing itself as a global destination for research and data on the Sonoran Desert. This time it was from the USA National Phenology Network (NPN) which presented their first PhenoChampion Award to the Conservancy’s Parsons Field Institute (PFI). What does that mean for the

2020-04-03T16:57:58-07:00March 26th, 2020|News, Science|

Parsons Field Institute Citizen Science News – March 16, 2020

Dear Parsons Field Institute and Citizen Science Friends, March field madness is upon us, and we need your help! Please join us in the field to assist with one or more of our scientific projects to help better understand and protect our precious Sonoran Desert. No experience needed. See below to get involved! See More

2020-05-11T10:07:30-07:00March 6th, 2020|News, Publications, Science|