As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings in 2020-2021 will be conducted via Zoom. We will continue to meet on the second Thursday of each month. If you are not on our mailing list and wish to attend a meeting on Zoom, email us at NativePlantsTucson@gmail.comto request the Zoom link.
Tucson Chapter Meeting
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Saguaros in the Future Tense?
William (Bill) Peachey
Sonoran Desert Naturalist
These iconic columnar cacti have played a major role in desert ecosystems for millions of years. We will learn about the many challenges they face: cold, heat, drought, insects and more. If we can look ahead 100 or 200 years, or more, what will we see?
Bill Peachey’s career has spanned several decades and several disciplines, from speleology and geology to botany and biology. Growing up in Phoenix after World War II, the Sonoran Desert was all around. He avidly explored, studied, and immersed himself in this extensive desert laboratory. In College, his studies of bats led t long term studies of saguaros. For more than 20 years, Bill has meticulously observed and recorded details of a saguaro study plot. During this time, some, but not all, of the secrets of the saguaros have been revealed to him. He loves sharing this fascinating treasure of information with interested audiences!
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Caring for agave and baby cacti? Consider volunteer opportunities at the Pima County Native Plant Nursery! Located at 5845 N. Camino de la Tierra, the Pima County Native Plant Nursery grows native plants for public projects and is looking for volunteers to help with weeding, watering and propagation. The nursery is open Monday to Friday 7:00am to 3:30 pm. Email Andrew.Hatch@pima.gov for available times/days and details. Plant salvage at Cortaro Farms from Camino Del Oeste to Thornydate prior to road improvement project.
Floristic survey of Rio Vista Natural Resource Park in Tucson
Posted on Oct 04, 2020
John Scheuring and Gay Gilbert on a plant survey. Identifying plants without leaves, flowers or fruit is challenging!
In June 2020, the Tucson Chapter of AZNPS took on an important new project: to create a plant list for the Rio Vista Natural Resource Park in midtown Tucson. The Rio Vista Conservation Project, in collaboration with the City of Tucson Department of Parks and Recreation, approached the Tucson Chapter to ask for help. The Rio Vista Conservation Project attempts to identify and solve problems that might threaten the park’s integrity, and works to develop a long-term conservation plan that will guide the park in managing its resources effectively. They wanted an up-to-date survey of the vegetation and plant species diversity in the Park to inform their ongoing conservation goals.
Despite the challenges of working on this project during the pandemic while maintaining social distancing and protecting public health, Tucson chapter members Suzie Husband and Melanie Campbell-Carter took the lead in organizing the plant census project and maintaining the collective records of plant surveys. Eleven volunteers made 23 visits to the park in June and July, surveying and documenting the plants then present. Even in this drier-and-hotter-than-ever-before summer, 74 plant species were identified. Click here for a link to the Rio Vista Natural Resource Park Dry Summer Plant List.
Because many plants in Arizona show strong seasonality, the group plans to continue the plant surveys throughout the seasons, with the next one scheduled for the end of September and into October, 2020. They also welcome more volunteers who might want to participate in this important project. This is a wonderful opportunity for interested citizens to increase their knowledge and to hobnob with other plant experts. If this piques your interest and you would like to volunteer or find out more, send an email to: email@example.com. Melanie Campbell-Carter and Suzie Husband will be glad to respond to your questions.
Frank Rose “Retires”
Posted on Aug 03, 2019
The plant walk in the Catalinas on Thursday, August 1, was a little different. Frank Rose, the long-time leader has decided to slow down, and to a lot of his friends and followers that means this was the last plant walk he will lead as a “regular”. It was a cloudy and cool day, and botanizers saw a nice variety of blooms, including Thalictrum fendleri and Salvia arizonica. Lots of great food was eaten afterward.
Frank has been a singularly powerful advocate for native plants. Arizona Native Plant Society, his friends, his fans, and his followers have all been extremely grateful for his powerful leadership in putting nature’s bounty at the forefront of our lives.
Frank, may all your future plant walks be as sweet.
Sabino Springs Homeowners Association: Walking the Walk on Invasive Grasses
Posted on Jul 27, 2019
The Conservation Task Force of the Sabino Springs HOA began consulting with Arizona National Golf Club in 2016 to determine the best ways to manage the invasive plants in their community and throughout the Golf Course. When the Sabino Springs HOA signed a lease to operate the Golf Course mid-2018, Dr. John Scheuring, Conservation Director of Arizona Native Plant Society, toured the course with Golf Course Superintendent Rick Darby to consult and advise an action plan to start control and eradication of a rapidly growing populations of buffelgrass and fountain grass. With all the needed Course improvements the recommended plan exceeded the scope of work that had already been scheduled on the Golf Course. The results are a textbook example of how to manage buffelgrass and fountain grass. Dr. Scheuring toured the Course again in June 2019 and was thoroughly pleased with the results of progress made by the Golf Course Maintenance Staff’s dedicated efforts. He noted “The results will become a best practice example to other Golf Courses and park areas throughout the Tucson Metropolitan area”.
Rick Darby, Superintendent of Arizona National Golf Course