Conservation Alliance Community of Practice 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 Series 2017 – 2018:

Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 12pm-1:15pm
Desert Botanical Garden, Webster Auditorium
1201 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008


Linking Stakeholders to Reduce Non-native Species Introductions

Dr. Kimberlie McCue, Director of Research, Conservation, and Collections, Desert Botanical Garden       

Join us for this Speaker Series event to explore the St. Louis Declaration on Invasive Plant Species. The Declaration is a major achievement, including voluntary codes of conduct “that help govern decisions made by commercial, professional and government groups whose actions affect the spread of invasive plant species”. Dr. McCue will focus on both the strategies presented through the Declaration as well as what we can learn from the process of its development.

Dr. Kimberlie McCue is the Director of the Research, Conservation and Collections for the Desert Botanical Garden. She crafted Missouri Botanical Garden’s invasive species policy and participated in the development of the St. Louis Declaration on Invasive Species.


Thursday, Nov 2nd, 2017, 12pm-1:15pm  

Fire Ecology in the Sonoran Desert


Thursday, January 18th, 2018, 12pm-1:15pm    

Building Successful Citizen Science Programs


Past Community of Practice Series:

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

Understanding User Fees and Place Attachment in Maricopa County Parks

Milo Neild, Undergraduate, School Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University                                                

Eric Steffey: PhD Candidate, School Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University                                                 

Thursday, March 2nd, 2016, 12pm-1:30pm                                                                                                                                 

City Mouse and Country Mouse: A Story of Urbanization, Herbivory, and Delicious Desert Plants

Jessica Alvarez Guevara, Undergraduate, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University

Becky Ball: Professor, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University 

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Sonoran Desert Preserves and the Public Good: Solutions and Strategies for Land Preservation

Dale Larsen, Moderator

Maria Baier, Former Arizona State Land Commissioner

Pat Beaty, Senior Fellow, Center for the Future of Arizona

RJ Cardin, Director, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department

Wendy Hodgson, Senior Research Botanist, Desert Botanical Garden

Mike Nolan, Director, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Gyan Nyaupane, Associate Professor, ASU School of Community Resources and Development

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Human Impacts on Sonoran Desert Herpetofauna

Brian Sullivan: Professor, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University

Thursday, January 15th, 2015