Bernie’s love of the desert has created a self-taught expert on the flora, fauna, ethnobotany, and the medicinal use of the plants of the Sonoran Desert. He has shared his knowledge and love of this unique area with numerous groups both on and off the trail, in a style that is not only informative, but entertaining. He is a Legacy Steward for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, and has served on the Conservancy Board of Director. He was instrumental in creating the current network of over 650 volunteer stewards that make the Preserve the jewel of Scottsdale that it is today.
Dan has a B.S, in Philosophy and Physics and a Master’s Degree in Operations Research. Since retiring as a principal and senior partner at Deloitte Consulting, he has served in volunteer capacities with conservation-related organizations including the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance. He was a founder of the Conservancy’s research center, the Parson’s Field Institute, and its Citizen Science Program. He has authored a number of research papers focused on local geology, contributed to several books, and teaches courses about the natural history of central Arizona.
Len is a Legacy Steward for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and a contributing author for the Field Guide to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the Cultural Guide to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. His articles regarding the history of the McDowell Mountains have appeared in several local periodicals and have been referenced in archeological and historical studies. He shares information about the region in a style that is both entertaining and informative. He is also the former President and Chairman of the Arizona Historical Society.
Ralph is a Master Stewart and Citizen Scientist of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. His work has been focused on the many challenges faced by wildlife in an urban preserve. Not least of these being connectivity and adequate habitat. Through the use of radio telemetry collars and camera trapping Ralph joins the hundreds of other volunteer steward working tirelessly to care for and study the Preserve, with the hope that our beautiful desert will be enjoyed by generations to come.
As a Nurse Practitioner, Katy often prescribed time outdoors as a healing agent for her patients. Instinctively, she knew that nature had many of the answers to achieving wellness. Now there is scientific evidence that confirms what they both have personally experienced. Together their energetic style, both on and off the trail, will motivate you to experience the healing power of nature.
For more than two decades Mike has given presentations and led field trips on geologic topics, helping his audience discover the stories hidden in the rocks beneath their feet and the landscapes that surround them. Mike has a degree in Geology from the University of Rochester. He is a former Executive Director of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and has also worked with other conservation groups including The Nature Conservancy and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in the area of fundraising, communication and public relations. Currently he is a consultant who works with nonprofit organizations to help them launch new programs and uncover new opportunities to expand their impact.