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 2018:
Lake Pleasant Field Trip
Wednesday, Oct 10th, 2018 – 8:00am-11:00am
Restoration and visitor management are ever-evolving practices. In what ways can we serve the community while preserving the integrity of our landscape?
Join us for the first CAZCA Restoration Lab with our partners McDowell Sonoran Conservancy! This lab will focus on discussing visitor management tactics, exploring various restoration treatments, and include a tour of a disturbed site. Joining us will be ASU student, Taylor Riske who will give a presentation on Recreation Management Approaches.
Urban Wildlife Corridors and Crossings
Tuesday, Nov 6th, 2018 – 9:00am-11:30am
As human development expands, wildlife habitat and connectivity shrink. Maintaining healthy ecosystems while building thriving communities happens through collaborative efforts from people across many fields.
Participate in the first CAZCA Connectivity Lab @White Tank Mountains Conservancy, as we dive into corridors and crossings, their importance, applications and opportunities with awesome partners!
Animals migrate helping spread seed, pollinating our native plants, and supporting our desert as they go. Wildlife, plants, water, and all things in between work together to provide life-sustaining benefits for all people. We all need connectivity!
Implementing the USGS RAMPS Network
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
In water-limited regions, restoration can be difficult and costly. These growing problems often cross administrative boundaries, requiring collaboration. In response, RAMPS was created. The Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program for the Southwest (RAMPS) seeks to assist U.S. Department of the Interior and other partners in developing successful restoration strategies for dryland ecosystems of the southwestern United States.
RAMPS has created an inter-disciplinary network of scientists, land managers, and practitioners coordinated at the Southwest Biological Science Center that use service-delivery models to improve restoration strategies and outcomes. Join the CAZCA Restoration Lab with McDowell Sonoran Conservancy as we try to implement the USGS restoration network within our region through the collaborative effort of our partners.
Past Community of Practice and Speaker Series:
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
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