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Intern Jacob Zehner shares insight into research project

Hello! I am a summer intern from Northern Arizona University working on a collaborative project between the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy that aims to evaluate the current invasive species management efforts of Homeowners Associations (HOAs) across the Phoenix area.  Currently, our delicate desert ecosystems are succumbing to invasive plant

2020-08-26T12:52:41-07:00August 26th, 2020|News, Science|

What Lies Beneath

by Rob Hallagan   Yes, there are amphibians (toads) in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Hidden. Buried in the Earth. Waiting for the rain. Stewards working under McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Citizen Science Program with the Parsons Field Institute have been conducting amphibian surveys over several years. The purpose is to systematically

2020-08-26T08:03:01-07:00August 26th, 2020|News, Science|

Parson’s Field Institute Associate Director Helen Rowe featured in podcast, In Defense of Plants

The human population of the Sonoran Desert is growing quickly, developing the surrounding landscape at an alarming pace. At the same time, botanists are racing to understand the fate of this so called "green deserts flora." In this episode we learn what it takes to properly assess a region's flora for extinction risk and how

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

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, tcadden@azgfd.gov 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|
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