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|

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|

Bush fire highlights the threat of invasive species

The Bush fire is currently the largest wildfire in the US, growing in six days to almost 115,000 acres. It started on Saturday (6/13/2020) when a car caught on fire along Highway 87, a popular weekend travel route through the Tonto National Forest. Sonoran Desert plants and animals are not adapted to fires, and many

2020-06-18T16:01:55-07:00June 18th, 2020|Science|

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|

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|
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