Our winter edition of Mountain Lines is now available
Our winter edition of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Mountain Lines is now available! 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.
In this issue, you will read about how our Nature Guides connect the community with nature through multiple informal learning activities and use an interpretive presentation format to promote questions and learning opportunities.
You’ll meet McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute Manager Tiffany Sprague. This Arizona native grew up close to the Superstition Mountains and feels very connected to the natural environment. One of her top priorities is expanding the Nature Guide program to further engage youth in science and conservation. She wants people to have opportunities to learn through first hand experiences, ensuring a better understanding of and a healthy respect for all life that encompasses our natural world.
You’ll get a primer on a not-so-cuddly teddy bear (cholla cactus). It generally leaves a lasting impression when the spines on the teddy bear cholla attach to the passer-by, penetrating clothes, shoes and skin.
You’ll also learn about one of the great destination hikes in the Preserve—the Sunrise Trail. Since its grand opening in early 2005, the Sunrise Trail has become a favorite of Preserve visitors.
You’ll be delighted to learn about the Conservancy’s Citizen Science Program. Citizen Scientists in the program receive ongoing training in basic scientific and ecological concepts and focused project related training in the classroom and in the field.
And, you’ll be treated to interesting articles about some of our desert lizards and Gila monsters.
This magazine is a provocative 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 the link at: Mountain Lines.