Conservation Alliance Community of Practice & speaker Series

The Central Arizona Conservation Alliance Community of Practice Series is aimed at connecting the dots in the conservation community by offering talks and workshops that are engaging and relevant to land management, science, the public, educators, planners, and decision-makers alike.

Both the CAZCA Labs and Speaker Series are free and promote both “on stage” and “off stage” knowledge-sharing and professional development, and have become a forum for open discussion, collaboration, and idea sharing for preservation and conservation of our mountain preserve system. Please RSVP to join us for these inspiring and productive events!

Interested in resources from one of our Community of Practice events? Check out our Resource Library page!

Upcoming Community of Practice and Speaker Series 2019:

CAZCA Connectivity Lab @ White Tank Mountains Conservancy

Birding the Future: Messages of Migration, Connectivity & Extinction
May 28, 2019 – 4:00pm-5:30pm
Desert Botanical Garden – Dorrance Hall

It’s estimated that almost a third of all bird species will have disappeared by the end of this century. What might happen in the future as messages of birds are increasingly silenced? How can art be a voice for conservation?

Declining bird populations in practically all habitat types signal profound changes over our entire planet, changes that affect our ecologically-bound cultural identities.

Join us and artist-researchers Krista Caballero and Frank Ekeberg for a talk on Birding the Future an interdisciplinary project exploring avian migrations, extinction, and the warning abilities of birds.

Refreshments and light food provided!


Presenter Bios:

Krista Caballero and Frank Ekeberg started collaborating on Birding the Future in 2013 wanting to explore the implications of species extinction and environmental change and ways in which technology mediates interspecies encounters.The project has been presented internationally and nationally at exhibitions, festivals and conferences such as the North American Ornithological Conference and the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Dubai.

This workshop is free.

Past Community of Practice and Speaker Series:

CAZCA Restoration Lab @ McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Revegetation of Xeririparian Woodland in South-Central Arizona Thursday April 25, 2019 

CAZCA Restoration Lab @ McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Evaluating Common Restoration Techniques Friday March 1, 2019 

Globe Chamomile the Looming Invasive with John Scheuring

Speaker Series: Oncosiphon Piluliferum Tuesday, January 22, 2019

CAZCA Restoration Lab @ McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Implementing the USGS RAMPS Network Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

CAZCA Connectivity Lab @ McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Urban Wildlife Corridors and Crossings Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

CAZCA Restoration Lab @ McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Lake Pleasant Field Trip with ASU student Taylor Riske Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Arid Lands Symposium: Turning Research into Action

Co-hosted with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Friday-Saturday, May 4th-5th, 2018

A Reading “The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide”

Christopher Cokinos, associate professor of English at the University of Arizona Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 –  6:30pm-8pm

Understanding how fire is changing our Arizona Upland plant communities

Kara Barron, Research Assistant, Desert Botanical Garden Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 –  12:30pm-1:30pm

Linking Stakeholders to Reduce Non-native Species Introductions

Dr. Kimberlie McCue, Director of Research, Conservation, and Collections, Desert Botanical Garden Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 12pm-1:15pm

Fracture Zone: Making Loss Visible

Osha Gray Davidson, Award-winning investigative writer and photographer Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 12pm-1:15pm

Conservation Volunteerism & Community Connectivity: A study of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Ryan Bleam, PhD Candidate with Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 12pm-1:15pm

Wildlife On The Ground: Linkage Planning in the Preserves

Dana Warnecke, Habitat Specialist III, Arizona Game and Fish Department Scott Sprague, Senior Research Biologist, Arizona Game and Fish Department Thursday, November 10th, 2016, 12pm-1:15pm

Saguaro National Park Field Trip: Buffelgrass Back to the Future

May 2016, All Day Event