McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

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What's the motivation behind a sign like this?
Hi, I encountered this rattlesnake today on Rock K**b trail in McDowell Mountain Regional Park, while mountain biking. Sorry the enlarged pic isn't clearer, this was with my action cam on my bike. I'm hoping someone can ID what kind of rattler he is.

He appears to be about 36" long, the same width as the trail. The enlarged photo gives some idea of what his markings were. To my eye, he doesn't appear to be a Speckled, I've seen plenty of those, and they have specked markings, and are generally longer and thicker around. He appears to have blocked markings instead of banded markings. As you can see, he is very light in coloring, mostly white. He really stood out, unlike most rattlers, as you can see in the original photo.

He doesn't look like any Western Diamondback that I've commonly seen around here, they're darker and more distinctly patterned. I wonder if it's possible that he's an albino? Anyone who has some experience in identifying snakes and has seen one like this, please comment, thanks.
Remember the FedEx killer who shot judge Salas son and also murdered local Attorney Marc Angelucci.. This story ties in and it's about our gateway town to Yosemite... BEWARE!

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in the quiet morning...on Wrangler Trail
Well today was my lucky day. I picked up 10 p**p bags and a family off trail having a picnic with the 7 yr old son sitting on a rock. I asked them to please come back to the trail and the reasons why. The father said thank you with his back to me. I restated the reasons and he told me to mind my own business. So there you go, sure would have liked to say what was on my mind, but my blue shirt prevailed.
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ASU Biomimicry Center Workshop Event! [email protected]
Kids will love it! :)
Drinking Rain: A Rattlesnake Mystery
A hands-on presentation by Dr. Konrad Rykaczewski and Dr. Gordon W. Schuett
February 26, 2020, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
NatureMaker/The Biomimicry Center
Arizona State University, Design South, Room 126
810 S Forest Ave., Tempe, AZ 85287
http://biomimicry.asu.edu/…/drinking-rain-a-rattlesnake-my…/
Really enjoyed the Azatlan Educational Hike yesterday! Beautiful scenery, great people, and I learned so much about local history. Thanks for putting this on!
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Thanks to steward Cindy for getting in our group photo.
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Science is in our nature

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Timeline Photos 07/28/2021

Arthropods play vital roles within ecosystems, often comprising the majority of animal biomass and serving as a critical link in the food chain. Ground-dwelling arthropods, such as ants, many beetles, and scorpions, are considered ecosystem engineers because of their role in decomposing organic materials, altering soil structure, and maintaining or improving water filtration. You can help! Learn how to document arthropod sightings and help scientists better understand their distribution at https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/science-parsons-field-institute/biodiversity-arthropods

Arthropods play vital roles within ecosystems, often comprising the majority of animal biomass and serving as a critical link in the food chain. Ground-dwelling arthropods, such as ants, many beetles, and scorpions, are considered ecosystem engineers because of their role in decomposing organic materials, altering soil structure, and maintaining or improving water filtration. You can help! Learn how to document arthropod sightings and help scientists better understand their distribution at https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/science-parsons-field-institute/biodiversity-arthropods

Timeline Photos 07/26/2021

CONSERVANCY KIDS - Animal Behavior
Have you ever watched a bird and observed what it does? Have you looked at your pet and noticed a specific behavior? Guess what? You're an ethologist! Ethology is the study of animal behavior and scientists trying to understand why these behaviors exists. Find this episode and others at mcdowellsonoran.org/education #conservancykids

CONSERVANCY KIDS - Animal Behavior
Have you ever watched a bird and observed what it does? Have you looked at your pet and noticed a specific behavior? Guess what? You're an ethologist! Ethology is the study of animal behavior and scientists trying to understand why these behaviors exists. Find this episode and others at mcdowellsonoran.org/education #conservancykids

Timeline Photos 07/25/2021

You can help protect animals in your area and make your yard a safe haven for wildlife. Have a pool? Use simple floating tools to prevent animals from drowning. Have windows? Put decals or non-reflective lining on them to prevent bird strikes. Collisions with windows and other structures is a leading cause of death for birds. #McDowellSonoran

You can help protect animals in your area and make your yard a safe haven for wildlife. Have a pool? Use simple floating tools to prevent animals from drowning. Have windows? Put decals or non-reflective lining on them to prevent bird strikes. Collisions with windows and other structures is a leading cause of death for birds. #McDowellSonoran

Timeline Photos 07/24/2021

NEW trailhead Route Signage! When you arrive at a trailhead in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve you will now find route maps for each of the three main users—hikers, bikers, and equestrians. For each of these groups, we created suggestions for easy, moderate, and difficult routes. See you on the trails!
#McDowellSonoran

NEW trailhead Route Signage! When you arrive at a trailhead in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve you will now find route maps for each of the three main users—hikers, bikers, and equestrians. For each of these groups, we created suggestions for easy, moderate, and difficult routes. See you on the trails!
#McDowellSonoran

Timeline Photos 07/23/2021

A tip for protecting your family, home and neighborhood from a wildfire - Create and maintain a 30-foot defensible space around your home by removing dead branches and vegetation and thinning overgrown plants. Learn more about wildfire readiness at https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/fire/wild-fire-prevention

A tip for protecting your family, home and neighborhood from a wildfire - Create and maintain a 30-foot defensible space around your home by removing dead branches and vegetation and thinning overgrown plants. Learn more about wildfire readiness at https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/fire/wild-fire-prevention

07/23/2021

Due to the massive storms that hit the valley, the rain refrain signs have been posted. The City asks all Preserve users to be respectful of the trails beneath them, especially the trails in the northern region of the Preserve. Wet and muddy trails are vulnerable to damage from boots, hooves, and tires. There’s no definitive rule on when it’s “OK” to hit the trails again, but a good rule of thumb is if you are leaving tracks, it’s still too wet. Stop and turn around. The City of Scottsdale appreciates your cooperation and continued support and respect for the Preserve. Please be careful out there Scottsdale!

07/22/2021

Changes in Public Parking and Hours of Operation at the Pima Dynamite Trailhead: The City is making excellent progress on construction of the new Pima Dynamite Trailhead, with anticipated completion later in August. Starting at sunrise on Monday, July 26, 2021, the trailhead entrance on Dynamite Boulevard will be temporarily closed, and public access will be redirected to the new trailhead entrance on Pima Road one-quarter mile north of Dynamite.

The gate at the new entrance will be opened daily at 6:15 AM and close at 4:00 PM. You must exit the lot by 4:00 PM, or you will be locked in. The purpose of this shift in parking access is to allow the City’s general contractor to construct the remainder of the southern driveway, across the previous gravel parking lot. While the new parking lot will be open for use, the new trailhead building and restrooms will not open for public use until later in August. The southern driveway to Dynamite will also open at that time, and hours of operation will return to normal.

If you have questions, please contact Scott Hamilton at (480) 312 7722 or [email protected].

Photo credit: Lynne Russell

Changes in Public Parking and Hours of Operation at the Pima Dynamite Trailhead: The City is making excellent progress on construction of the new Pima Dynamite Trailhead, with anticipated completion later in August. Starting at sunrise on Monday, July 26, 2021, the trailhead entrance on Dynamite Boulevard will be temporarily closed, and public access will be redirected to the new trailhead entrance on Pima Road one-quarter mile north of Dynamite.

The gate at the new entrance will be opened daily at 6:15 AM and close at 4:00 PM. You must exit the lot by 4:00 PM, or you will be locked in. The purpose of this shift in parking access is to allow the City’s general contractor to construct the remainder of the southern driveway, across the previous gravel parking lot. While the new parking lot will be open for use, the new trailhead building and restrooms will not open for public use until later in August. The southern driveway to Dynamite will also open at that time, and hours of operation will return to normal.

If you have questions, please contact Scott Hamilton at (480) 312 7722 or [email protected].

Photo credit: Lynne Russell

Timeline Photos 07/22/2021

As a Steward (volunteer) you will do some good, learn some stuff, get some exercise, share your talents, and make new friends.” Programs range from rugged outdoor work to public outreach to education of our youth. To become a steward, you will complete an orientation class full of fun and information. You will then complete two educational classes and participate in several program activities. Start your journey at https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/stewardship

As a Steward (volunteer) you will do some good, learn some stuff, get some exercise, share your talents, and make new friends.” Programs range from rugged outdoor work to public outreach to education of our youth. To become a steward, you will complete an orientation class full of fun and information. You will then complete two educational classes and participate in several program activities. Start your journey at https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/stewardship

Timeline Photos 07/21/2021

Beyond their beauty and interesting behaviors, birds provide countless ecosystem benefits. Some serve as pollinators or seed dispersers, whereas others help keep prey species in check or keep the environment clean by scavenging dead animals. Many build habitats used by other species, such as nest-building or creation of tree cavities. All are an important link in the food chain. You can help! Learn how to track bird species and submit your data for scientists to analyze at https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/science-parsons-field-institute/biodiversity-birds

Beyond their beauty and interesting behaviors, birds provide countless ecosystem benefits. Some serve as pollinators or seed dispersers, whereas others help keep prey species in check or keep the environment clean by scavenging dead animals. Many build habitats used by other species, such as nest-building or creation of tree cavities. All are an important link in the food chain. You can help! Learn how to track bird species and submit your data for scientists to analyze at https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/science-parsons-field-institute/biodiversity-birds

Timeline Photos 07/19/2021

CONSERVANCY KIDS episode - WATER IN THE DESERT
We know water is an incredibly important resource in the desert. Without the different rivers in Arizona, major habitats would disappear and with them the incredible plants and animals that call these places home. Find this episode and others at mcdowellsonoran.org/education #conservancykids

CONSERVANCY KIDS episode - WATER IN THE DESERT
We know water is an incredibly important resource in the desert. Without the different rivers in Arizona, major habitats would disappear and with them the incredible plants and animals that call these places home. Find this episode and others at mcdowellsonoran.org/education #conservancykids

Timeline Photos 07/18/2021

HATS ON!
We've got your head covered. Visit conservancymerchandise.org to purchase your swag today!

HATS ON!
We've got your head covered. Visit conservancymerchandise.org to purchase your swag today!

Timeline Photos 07/17/2021

Being observant is one of the benefits of being a photographer, and also one of the skills that will improve your photographic images. Take in the grand view but be sure to notice all the details, too.
Notice shapes, patterns, colors, and also appreciate how the light affects them. #McDowellSonoran

Being observant is one of the benefits of being a photographer, and also one of the skills that will improve your photographic images. Take in the grand view but be sure to notice all the details, too.
Notice shapes, patterns, colors, and also appreciate how the light affects them. #McDowellSonoran

Timeline Photos 07/16/2021

A tip for protecting your family, home, and neighborhood from a wildfire - learn to identify invasive plants and remove them to reduce fire danger. The worst offenders are fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum), buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare), and stinknet (Oncosiphon piluliferum). Learn more about wildfire readiness at https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/fire/wild-fire-prevention

A tip for protecting your family, home, and neighborhood from a wildfire - learn to identify invasive plants and remove them to reduce fire danger. The worst offenders are fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum), buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare), and stinknet (Oncosiphon piluliferum). Learn more about wildfire readiness at https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/fire/wild-fire-prevention

Timeline Photos 07/15/2021

Ever wonder why the trails in the Preserve are in such great condition? No, it isn’t the trail fairies working their magic during the night. It is due, to a large extent, to steward volunteers continuing the commitment to maintain the trails for the enjoyment of everyone who visits the Preserve. #McDowellSonoran

Ever wonder why the trails in the Preserve are in such great condition? No, it isn’t the trail fairies working their magic during the night. It is due, to a large extent, to steward volunteers continuing the commitment to maintain the trails for the enjoyment of everyone who visits the Preserve. #McDowellSonoran

Timeline Photos 07/14/2021

Amphibians in the desert? Yes, indeed! Despite the many challenges presented by arid systems, frogs, toads, and salamanders have developed adaptations that allow them to thrive in desert systems. These animals are important parts of both healthy ecosystems and food webs. Monitoring biodiversity trends is one of the best ways we can protect Sonoran Desert species and their habitats. You can help! Learn how to document amphibians you see and help scientists by visiting https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/science-parsons-field-institute

Amphibians in the desert? Yes, indeed! Despite the many challenges presented by arid systems, frogs, toads, and salamanders have developed adaptations that allow them to thrive in desert systems. These animals are important parts of both healthy ecosystems and food webs. Monitoring biodiversity trends is one of the best ways we can protect Sonoran Desert species and their habitats. You can help! Learn how to document amphibians you see and help scientists by visiting https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/science-parsons-field-institute

Timeline Photos 07/12/2021

CONSERVANCY KIDS episode - WATER CATCHMENT
It's hot out in the Sonoran Desert. Temperatures in the summer can reach up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit--that's really toasty! Plants and animals have to adapt to these extreme conditions in order to survive. Catch this episode and more at mcdowellsonoran.org/education #conservancykids

CONSERVANCY KIDS episode - WATER CATCHMENT
It's hot out in the Sonoran Desert. Temperatures in the summer can reach up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit--that's really toasty! Plants and animals have to adapt to these extreme conditions in order to survive. Catch this episode and more at mcdowellsonoran.org/education #conservancykids

Timeline Photos 07/11/2021

You can help protect animals in your area and make your yard a safe haven for wildlife. First, don't feed wildlife. Although it seems like you’re helping them, feeding wild animals is dangerous for the animals and for people. Human foods can lead to malnourishment or death for wild animals. It also attracts critters to risky situations, spreads disease, and causes them to lose their fear of humans. It's actually illegal to feed wildlife in several Arizona counties. #McDowellSonoran

You can help protect animals in your area and make your yard a safe haven for wildlife. First, don't feed wildlife. Although it seems like you’re helping them, feeding wild animals is dangerous for the animals and for people. Human foods can lead to malnourishment or death for wild animals. It also attracts critters to risky situations, spreads disease, and causes them to lose their fear of humans. It's actually illegal to feed wildlife in several Arizona counties. #McDowellSonoran

Timeline Photos 07/10/2021

Our Summer 2021 Mountain Lines, magazine of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, is available now. Check out our web edition to learn about Water and the Human History of the McDowells, Being Fire Wise, Empowering Future Change Makers, and so much more. https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/2021/mountain-lines-summer-2021

Our Summer 2021 Mountain Lines, magazine of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, is available now. Check out our web edition to learn about Water and the Human History of the McDowells, Being Fire Wise, Empowering Future Change Makers, and so much more. https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/2021/mountain-lines-summer-2021

Timeline Photos 07/09/2021

Scottsdale, home to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, saw a 30% increase in vegetation fires during the normal brush fire season (mid-April through September) in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the Scottsdale Fire Department. Fire officials expect another dangerous fire season this year due to dry vegetation and low rainfall. It's all of our responsibility to protect the beautiful Sonoran Desert. If you see something, say something!

Scottsdale, home to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, saw a 30% increase in vegetation fires during the normal brush fire season (mid-April through September) in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the Scottsdale Fire Department. Fire officials expect another dangerous fire season this year due to dry vegetation and low rainfall. It's all of our responsibility to protect the beautiful Sonoran Desert. If you see something, say something!

Timeline Photos 07/08/2021

Volunteers founded the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy in 1991, and Stewards continue to be the lifeblood of the organization. Each year we graduate 20 Stewards per month from September to March. To register for the a class this fall visit https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/stewardship/volunteering

Volunteers founded the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy in 1991, and Stewards continue to be the lifeblood of the organization. Each year we graduate 20 Stewards per month from September to March. To register for the a class this fall visit https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/stewardship/volunteering

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The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is funded solely through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations dedicated to the preservation of Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit the community today and for future generations.

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7729 East Greenway Road, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ
85260

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Members of the community have been involved with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy from its inception as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization in 1991. From an initial group of five people, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy has grown into a dynamic organization of 7 staff and more than 550 trained volunteer Stewards who have collectively devoted hundreds of thousand of hours of their time to the Preserve with an audited value of Steward services in 2013 alone of $844,000 making the public/private partnership with the City of Scottsdale a national model for conservation.

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Thursday 9am - 5pm
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