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:

CAZCA Connectivity Lab @ White Tank Mountains Conservancy

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!


CAZCA Restoration Lab @ McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

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:

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