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. The free series promotes both “on stage” and “off stage” knowledge-sharing and professional development, and has 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!

Upcoming Community of Practice and Speaker Series 2019:

Globe Chamomile the Looming Invasive with John Scheuring

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – 12:30pm-2:30pm
Desert Botanical Garden – Whiteman Conference Room

Join us for the first event of 2019, our CAZCA Speaker Series!  We welcome John Scheuring, Conservation Chair for the Arizona Native Plant Society – Tucson, as we bring this new invader to the forefront.  Globe chamomile (Oncosiphon piluliferum) is a pretty annual that’s now being seen in many of our city and county parks and preserves. 

The incursion of non-native, invasive species is not a new subject for many land managers, botanists or researchers.  Many times, a dangerous invader isn’t detected until it’s too late!  Have you seen the culprit in your area? Bring your questions, challenges and ideas as we learn and discuss the characteristics, effects and management treatments of this non-native plant.

RSVP today! Event is free.  Food & refreshments will be provided!


CAZCA Restoration Lab @ McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Evaluating Common Restoration Techniques
March 1, 2019 – 9:00am-11:00am
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 six 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. Register here! This workshop is free.

Past Community of Practice and Speaker Series:

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