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.
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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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Timeline Photos 06/16/2021

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You'll enjoy an adventure that will take you outdoors, around the house, and into the incredible Sonoran Desert. Become a junior scientist, exploring the natural world, asking questions, and making discoveries. Start your journey online at mcdowellsonoran.org/education

Join Conservancy Kids, a weekly summer video newsletter designed for summer fun!
You'll enjoy an adventure that will take you outdoors, around the house, and into the incredible Sonoran Desert. Become a junior scientist, exploring the natural world, asking questions, and making discoveries. Start your journey online at mcdowellsonoran.org/education

06/15/2021

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Timeline Photos 06/11/2021

Climate change, invasive species, and a rise in outdoor recreation have contributed to an increase in major fires in the Sonoran Desert. It’s estimated that the Sonoran Desert could take more than 65 years to recover after fire, and iconic species like the saguaro may not return to the burned area. Sonoran Desert that has been severely impacted by or has experienced repeated incidence of fire has the potential to shift to a very different landscape than what we know now. #mcdowellsonoran

Climate change, invasive species, and a rise in outdoor recreation have contributed to an increase in major fires in the Sonoran Desert. It’s estimated that the Sonoran Desert could take more than 65 years to recover after fire, and iconic species like the saguaro may not return to the burned area. Sonoran Desert that has been severely impacted by or has experienced repeated incidence of fire has the potential to shift to a very different landscape than what we know now. #mcdowellsonoran

06/11/2021

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT #HikeRight
The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued an Excessive Heat Warning from Saturday, June 12, through Friday, June 18, 2021. An Excessive Heat Warning means that a period of very hot temperatures, even by local standards, will occur. Dangerously hot temperatures of up to 118 degrees are predicted. Daytime temperatures will quickly rise to a life-threatening level. To reduce your need of rescue, or worse, please follow these guidelines:

LEAVE YOUR DOG AT HOME. The desert heat can kill your dog with little or no warning and you can be charged under State law with a felony for animal cruelty. Temperatures over 90 can quickly turn deadly for your dog. In fact, heat stress in dogs has occurred in the Preserve at temperatures as low as the low 80’s.
Visit the Preserve early in the day. Gates open roughly 30 minutes before sunrise.
Bring more water than you think you will need. When it is half gone, turn around.
Begin hydrating your body prior to your outing, even the night before.
Wear sturdy footwear, a hat, sunscreen, and light-colored clothing that covers your skin.
Take a printed map with you.
Plan a route that fits your physical abilities and the extremely hot conditions.
Bring your fully-charged cell phone.
Be alert and watch for rattlesnakes.

Timeline Photos 06/04/2021

In 2020, 82% of wildfires in Arizona were caused by people, making it the leading cause of wildfire in the state. With environmental conditions increasingly favoring fire, it’s more important than ever to do our part to keep them from starting.
If you see something, say something! It's all of our responsibility to protect the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

In 2020, 82% of wildfires in Arizona were caused by people, making it the leading cause of wildfire in the state. With environmental conditions increasingly favoring fire, it’s more important than ever to do our part to keep them from starting.
If you see something, say something! It's all of our responsibility to protect the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Photos from McDowell Sonoran Conservancy's post 06/02/2021

Keep a lookout for Sonoran Desert invaders in Maricopa County!
These invasive species are outcompeting native desert species, which local wildlife depend on for food, shelter and habitat. Many of these invasive species form dense monocultures, altering the desert landscape and creating a hazardous fire risk. These species could be spreading in your area; early detection and eradication can prevent an invasion. Mapping these invaders is the first step to managing them, and preventing further spread.

Timeline Photos 05/30/2021

Nature walking has been shown to improve memory. It increases divergent creativity, better known as thinking outside the box —enabling people to find solutions to issues or problems causing stress. Remember, visit the McDowell Sonoran Preserve this holiday weekend.

Nature walking has been shown to improve memory. It increases divergent creativity, better known as thinking outside the box —enabling people to find solutions to issues or problems causing stress. Remember, visit the McDowell Sonoran Preserve this holiday weekend.

Timeline Photos 05/28/2021

Stop and smell the flowers! Using your sense of smell to breathe in the pleasant scent of flowers or the creosote bush has been shown to reduce stress hormones in our bodies by up to 57%. Blood pressure has been reduced by up to 5–7%— the equivalent of many blood pressure. Take care of yourself with a visit to McDowell Sonoran Preserve this holiday weekend.

Stop and smell the flowers! Using your sense of smell to breathe in the pleasant scent of flowers or the creosote bush has been shown to reduce stress hormones in our bodies by up to 57%. Blood pressure has been reduced by up to 5–7%— the equivalent of many blood pressure. Take care of yourself with a visit to McDowell Sonoran Preserve this holiday weekend.

Timeline Photos 05/26/2021

The Parsons Field Institute is studying Sonoran Desert Tortoise. Thanks to the AZ Game and Fish Heritage Grant, 20 tortoises movements will be monitored in attempt to understand how tortoises are using the Preserve and how to best manage for this sensitive species. #mcdowellsonoran

The Parsons Field Institute is studying Sonoran Desert Tortoise. Thanks to the AZ Game and Fish Heritage Grant, 20 tortoises movements will be monitored in attempt to understand how tortoises are using the Preserve and how to best manage for this sensitive species. #mcdowellsonoran

Timeline Photos 05/24/2021

For this month’s 30-Year Anniversary milestone, we reflect on books “A Field Guide for the McDowell Mountains” and “Historic Scottsdale: A Life from the Land” and the lessons they offer for our organization’s future. #MSC30years #McDowellSonoran

For this month’s 30-Year Anniversary milestone, we reflect on books “A Field Guide for the McDowell Mountains” and “Historic Scottsdale: A Life from the Land” and the lessons they offer for our organization’s future. #MSC30years #McDowellSonoran

Speaker Series: What Fuels Wildfires? - CAZCA 05/23/2021

Speaker Series: What Fuels Wildfires? - CAZCA

Join Central Arizona Conservation Alliance for a talk with Dr. Ben Wilder, Director of the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill at the University of Arizona, to learn about the role of invasive plants, climate and wildfires in the Sonoran Desert. Using the Big Horn fire as an example, Dr. Wilder will discuss these different elements of wildfire and its relationship to people and urban areas.

Speaker Series: What Fuels Wildfires? - CAZCA May is all about Wildfire Awareness! Join us for this talk to explore desert ecology, invasive plants and recovery after wildfires with Dr. Ben Wilder.

Timeline Photos 05/22/2021

Non-native plant experiments conducted in the Preserve are designed to tackle the problem of invasive bunchgrasses. Two experiments are testing a variety of removal methods, determining which treatment is more effective and cost-efficient. This spring teams of Stewards successfully monitored all the plots, despite having to reduce team sizes due to the pandemic.

Non-native plant experiments conducted in the Preserve are designed to tackle the problem of invasive bunchgrasses. Two experiments are testing a variety of removal methods, determining which treatment is more effective and cost-efficient. This spring teams of Stewards successfully monitored all the plots, despite having to reduce team sizes due to the pandemic.

Science in the Sonoran Desert | Trail Scholar 05/19/2021

Science in the Sonoran Desert | Trail Scholar

When a high school teacher from Oregon met up with Parsons Field Institute Coordinator, Mary Fastiggi and Director of Development and Marketing, Adele Dietrich, for a three mile hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, she shared her experience on her blog!

As science teacher, she is enthralled with the complexity of how everything is connected; and enjoys teaching and learning about natural systems. A well written article, it's worth your read!

Science in the Sonoran Desert | Trail Scholar I am drawn to wild places, like a moth to a flame. Like so many, my heart beats for the beautiful landscapes of my home in Oregon. The mountains call out to me; the forests whisper their welcome; the rivers run deep in my heart. I have spent a lot of time hiking in the … Continue reading "Science ...

Timeline Photos 05/18/2021

The National Fire Protection Association has created an an online module that is an excellent resource for residents and other stakeholders who are pursuing knowledge on the basics of how wildfires ignite homes and the actions that can be implemented to make homes safer.

The module can be completed in approximately 30 minutes. With fire season approaching, now is a good time for stewards to become familiar with the threat of wildfires.

The National Fire Protection Association has created an an online module that is an excellent resource for residents and other stakeholders who are pursuing knowledge on the basics of how wildfires ignite homes and the actions that can be implemented to make homes safer.

The module can be completed in approximately 30 minutes. With fire season approaching, now is a good time for stewards to become familiar with the threat of wildfires.

Timeline Photos 05/15/2021

There are proven ways to improve your physical and mental health during difficult times or everyday life. Over the last 20–30 years, innovative scientific research, aided by the miniaturization of tools to test human biomarkers, has enabled scientists to tease out whether being in nature can improve a person’s overall health. The verdict is in: being in nature has measurable positive impacts on your physical and mental well-being. Do yourself some good, visit the McDowell Sonoran Preserve this weekend.

There are proven ways to improve your physical and mental health during difficult times or everyday life. Over the last 20–30 years, innovative scientific research, aided by the miniaturization of tools to test human biomarkers, has enabled scientists to tease out whether being in nature can improve a person’s overall health. The verdict is in: being in nature has measurable positive impacts on your physical and mental well-being. Do yourself some good, visit the McDowell Sonoran Preserve this weekend.

Timeline Photos 05/13/2021

The history of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is seeded with values, purpose and priorities that took root in efforts to acquire and preserve desert, mountainous land in the McDowells. The ongoing success of these local efforts have garnered the interest of others engaged in preservation efforts near and far and has encouraged the Conservancy to expand its vision for the future to encompass both local, regional and national outcomes.

The history of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is seeded with values, purpose and priorities that took root in efforts to acquire and preserve desert, mountainous land in the McDowells. The ongoing success of these local efforts have garnered the interest of others engaged in preservation efforts near and far and has encouraged the Conservancy to expand its vision for the future to encompass both local, regional and national outcomes.

Timeline Photos 05/11/2021

Arthropods play vital roles, considered ecosystem engineers because of their role in decomposing organic materials, altering soil structure, and maintaining or improving water filtration. Some arthropod groups are experiencing what has been dubbed an “insect apocalypse” with losses across between 30–60% over the last 40 years. Conservancy scientists are monitoring these essential organisms for threats. Join us for an update on this research on May 12 at 1 pm. Register below.

Arthropods play vital roles, considered ecosystem engineers because of their role in decomposing organic materials, altering soil structure, and maintaining or improving water filtration. Some arthropod groups are experiencing what has been dubbed an “insect apocalypse” with losses across between 30–60% over the last 40 years. Conservancy scientists are monitoring these essential organisms for threats. Join us for an update on this research on May 12 at 1 pm. Register below.

Timeline Photos 05/09/2021

She is always protecting and providing for her young. Even as a mother Great Horned Owl begins to spend more time out of her nest, she continues to keep a caring and watchful eye on her owlets. We appreciate all our Sonoran Desert mothers. Happy Mother's Day!

She is always protecting and providing for her young. Even as a mother Great Horned Owl begins to spend more time out of her nest, she continues to keep a caring and watchful eye on her owlets. We appreciate all our Sonoran Desert mothers. Happy Mother's Day!

Timeline Photos 05/07/2021

The Preserve provides habitat for at least 178 species of birds, 20 of which are considered sensitive or experiencing global declines, such as bald and golden eagles, peregrine falcon, purple martin, and gilded flicker. To help engage the public in caring about birds, as well as to bolster data, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy created a bird list for the Preserve that is available on the website.

The Preserve provides habitat for at least 178 species of birds, 20 of which are considered sensitive or experiencing global declines, such as bald and golden eagles, peregrine falcon, purple martin, and gilded flicker. To help engage the public in caring about birds, as well as to bolster data, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy created a bird list for the Preserve that is available on the website.

Eco-friendly tourism a big priority in Scottsdale 05/06/2021

Eco-friendly tourism a big priority in Scottsdale

Check out this great article on Eco-friendly tourism in Scottsdale including an interview with Justin Owen, CEO of McDowell Sonoran Conservancy! #mcdowellsonoran #scottsdaleprogress

Eco-friendly tourism a big priority in Scottsdale Scottsdale is known around the world for its golf courses, fine dining and nightlife, but the city’s abundant natural attractions have also been a boon for the local economy.

Timeline Photos 05/05/2021

In addition to being pretty and fun to watch, butterflies play important roles in the ecosystem. An estimated 75% of all butterfly species are in decline. Butterfly surveys conducted bi-annually by the Conservancy scientists, assess butterfly vulnerability. Through knowledge of habitat and life cycle requirements, early conservation interventions can be implemented when declines are detected.

Join us for an update on research conducted by Parsons Field Institute scientist on May 12 at 1 pm to learn how butterflies are doing in the Preserve.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parsons-field-institute-2021-update-tickets-146655423319?fbclid=IwAR1CFnIpo-q4V9wn1DSCNASDgMu0FD3qvlwVAyiXuLb1NXlb1dEbKplSB24

In addition to being pretty and fun to watch, butterflies play important roles in the ecosystem. An estimated 75% of all butterfly species are in decline. Butterfly surveys conducted bi-annually by the Conservancy scientists, assess butterfly vulnerability. Through knowledge of habitat and life cycle requirements, early conservation interventions can be implemented when declines are detected.

Join us for an update on research conducted by Parsons Field Institute scientist on May 12 at 1 pm to learn how butterflies are doing in the Preserve.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parsons-field-institute-2021-update-tickets-146655423319?fbclid=IwAR1CFnIpo-q4V9wn1DSCNASDgMu0FD3qvlwVAyiXuLb1NXlb1dEbKplSB24

Q&A About the Sonoran Desert Tortoise Telemetry Project 05/04/2021

Q&A About the Sonoran Desert Tortoise Telemetry Project

The Parsons Field Institute is studying Sonoran Desert Tortoise!
#mcdowellsonoran

Q&A About the Sonoran Desert Tortoise Telemetry Project   Why is there a study project? What’s it all about? The Sonoran Desert tortoise (Gopherus morafkai) is a protected species found here in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This species is under increasing pressure from climate change, human activities, and habitat degradation, which may affect their...

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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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