Our fall issue of Mountain Lines is now available
Scottsdale, Arizona – The official newsmagazine of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Mountain Lines, publishes its fall issue on Sunday, October 1. First published in 1994, the Mountain Lines magazine has shared the wide-ranging activities of Conservancy stewards and staff in meeting the Conservancy’s mission—to champion the sustainability of the Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve utilizing steward volunteers to connect the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnership and safe respectful access. Mountain Lines content covers the activities and projects of the Conservancy’s vital scientific organization, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Field Institute. It reports as well on the many ways the staff and more than 650 active stewards support the City of Scottsdale in protecting and educating citizens and visitors about the Preserve.
You’ll read about how stewards patrol and maintain Preserve trails, and serve as citizen scientists to support scientific studies of Preserve flora, fauna, and geology. They answer questions and suggest hikes for visitors at trailheads. They also teach community schoolchildren about the Preserve and its fascinating plants and wildlife through programs such as the Junior Citizen Science Festival and Nature Guides Program, and act as community ambassadors to share the unique story of the Preserve.
You’ll learn about the work stewards are doing as citizen scientists on projects in the Field Institute. This organization has launched multiple long-term research projects to monitor the Preserve—one of the most biologically diverse open space areas in the region. The Preserve is home to 380 plant species, 200 vertebrate animal species, and countless invertebrates. It is also home to six animal species listed as Species of Concern by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In this issue, you will read about the Field Institute’s project that studies and protects bats living in the Preserve, and about the multi-year study project to determine the best way to restore damaged Preserve locations.
You’ll also learn about one of the great destination hikes in the Preserve—the Gateway Loop hike. Located in the Gateway Trailhead area of the Preserve, the loop trail is a treat for hikers. Those interested in the panoramic views from the Preserve will be especially interested in hiking to the Gateway Saddle.
If you want to know about future trail planning and new trailheads, check out the article from City of Scottsdale. Parents can learn about the semi-annual Junior Citizen Science Festival scheduled in November, and read helpful suggestions about how to hike with children. Those interested in learning about the Sonoran Desert will enjoy the article about the Conservancy’s upcoming lecture series.
This magazine is an interesting and entertaining window into the work and impact that the Conservancy has on our local treasure, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. To read an online copy, click on this following link: Mountain Lines
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