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 Restoration Lab @ McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Evaluating Common Restoration Techniques
March 1, 2019 – 9:00am-12:00pm
McDowell Sonoran Preserve – Tom’s Trailhead

Common approaches to local arid lands restoration are seeding and transplanting succulents. Succulents, like chollas and prickly pear cacti, have the added value of keeping visitors off of target areas.

But, how well do these techniques work? Come and see results from sites treated 6 years ago at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The tour is followed with a talk hot off the press by Helen Rowe from McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, revealing the results of the study done of these areas!

Collaborate with other land managers and researchers, as we work towards better practices to improve our parks and preserves. 

Tour Leads: Scott Hamilton, City Planner, City of Scottsdale, McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Claire Miller, Preserve/Park Supervisor, City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation, Natural Resources Division. This workshop is free.

Past Community of Practice and Speaker Series:

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