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Yuma Chapter

President- Valerie Morrill, email

Vice President- Karen Reichhardt, email

Treasurer- Tom Fox- email

Secretary- Erv Barnes-email

The Yuma Chapter has a great new meeting location at the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) Region IV Office, 9140 E. 28 Street in Yuma. AGFD recently expanded their conference room, providing us with a beautiful, efficient meeting space. It is conveniently located between the foothills and the city proper, making meetings more accessible to our far-flung members. We meet at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month; field trips are held on the following Saturdays.

All field trips leave from the Love’s gas station parking lot at the corner of Gila Ridge Rd. and 3E (just east of the BLM parking lot).  Trips leave at 8:30 am unless otherwise stated.

For Yuma Chapter information contact Valerie Morrill. Watch for meeting announcements in the Yuma Daily Sun “What’s Going On” column.



Join Our Chapter E-list:  If you would like to receive reminders and announcements about field trips and meetings via email, send a note to Valerie Morrill to be added to the list.


Cactus Moth Detection Monitoring

We recently completed our second year of cactus moth detection monitoring in collaboration with U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Yuma Conservation Garden. No results from the data yet, but we were fortunate that no cactus moths were detected in Yuma or elsewhere in the state in last season’s survey.

Asclepias subulata Salvage Project The Yuma Chapter is coordinating with other partners—primarily Arizona Western College, Bureau of Land

Management in Yuma, the Yuma Conservation Garden, and local Girl Scout troops—on a salvage project for Asclepias subulata (rush milkweed, ajamete), grown for seed at the college. Upward of 600 plants will be transplanted into restoration sites and educational displays.


Yuma Past Activities

Plant Taxonomy at STEM Day

On April 29, Yuma Chapter's Karen Reichhardt led a taxonomy lesson for a group of middle-school students at a multi-school Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day. The lesson involved the students in observation, measurement, and deductive reasoning, while at the same time exposing them to the unique plant community around Yuma. Perhaps most important, it demonstrated how STEM learning continues to be essential to people in everyday work and play.

Yuma Field Trip Report - January 2014

Check out those short sleeves! Yuma Chapter members stop for a pose on our Saturday morning field trip in January in the foothills of the Gila Mountains near Yuma. In addition to enjoying the abundant sunshine, the group counted twenty-one species in bloom. What a great way to start the New Year!


Yuma Field Trip Report - February 2012

Sand Verbena in the Foothills a few miles east of Yuma seen in February 2012


Yuma Chapter's February 2012 Field Trip to the Eagle Tail Mountains Wilderness Area. Court House Rock is in the background along with ocotillo, creosote bush and saguaros.