Yuma

The Yuma Chapter meets at the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) Region IV Office, 9140 E. 28 Street in Yuma. 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 from October to April. Find out about field trips by attending the meetings.

True to our “Yuman nature,” the Yuma Chapter regularly participates with local organizations whenever the opportunity arises. Many of our members are Master Gardeners and/or members of garden clubs or Yuma Audubon. Through these partnerships we promote cultivating and planting native plants for wildlife habitat and have educated the public about the many values native plants bring to the landscape.

For Yuma Chapter information contact Valerie Morrill.

Find us on Facebook: @YumaAZNPS or by searching Arizona Native Plant Society Yuma Chapter.

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 yumanativeplant@gmail.com to be added to the list.

Chapter Leadership

Name Role Contact
Valerie Morrill President bebbia@hotmail.com
Karen Reichhardt Vice President ayekarina52@gmail.com
Tom Fox Treasurer yumatom@sprynet.com
Deirdre McDonald Secretary yumanativeplant@gmail.com


Volunteering Opportunities

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During the winter season there are opportunities for members to table annual events such as the home and garden show, the Moody Garden art walk, and the Yuma Birding, Nature and History Festival.

CHAPTER ACTIVITIES

In 2019, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension funded a greenhouse located at the University of Arizona farm. The greenhouse is managed by the Yuma Master Gardeners and a portion of it is used to cultivate natives.

During 2019-2020, members of the Yuma chapter joined the City of Yuma Tree and Shade Masterplan Task Force. The Society is contributing to the task force by providing information to encourage planting native trees.

WHERE TO ENJOY NATIVE PLANTS

Yuma Conservation Garden
2520 East 32nd St, Yuma, AZ 85664

Located on the west side of the Yuma County Fairgrounds on the north side of 32nd Street across from the airport.  Entrance gate is located just west of the Fairground south entry.

A community treasure of Sonoran Desert experience, environmental education, family events and volunteer opportunities. Open to the public from the first of November through the first of May every Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday noon to 5. Call 928-317-1935 to arrange group entry at other times. An assortment of mature cacti and a desert oasis are unique features of the garden.

Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden
2200 W 28th St, Yuma, AZ 85364
928-726-3904

Started in 2004 by the Moody Garden Makers, the demonstration garden is open 365 days a year and is free to the public. The garden is a partnership between the University of Arizona and the Moody Garden Makers Garden Club. The purpose of the garden is to educate Yuma residents on gardening in the Southwest. Included in the garden is a native plant and xeriscape section.

Yuma West Wetlands
282 N. 12th Avenue, Yuma, AZ

The 110‐acre West Wetlands Park managed by City of Yuma Parks and Recreation is a jewel and beloved by the citizens of Yuma. The 30 acres of the “lower bench” are restored with a gallery of mature native riparian trees, and an additional 30 acres of the “upper bench” are developed with a lake, picnic ramadas, parking, lighting, and landscaping. A Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden features a mixture of native trees, shrubs and cacti.

Yuma East Wetlands
Accessed by driving to Yuma Territorial Prison, 220 N. Prison Hill Road. From the prison parking lot, drive down the hill to Riverside Park.

The Yuma East Wetlands is considered a model for wetlands restoration in the desert Southwest and is led by a partnership between the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, Quechan Indian Tribe, City of Yuma, and Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Restoration activities were initiated in 2004 and nearly 400 acres have been transformed from a trash dump filled with hobo camps into a mosaic of marsh, mesquite, cottonwood, and willows which provide habitat for an array of wildlife species.

A few of the most notable species discovered since the East Wetlands was created include the endangered Ridgway’s Rail (Yuma Clapper Rail) and the presence and successful breeding of the endangered Yellow-Billed Cuckoo.

Chapter News

Field Notes from the Yuma Chapter 2019-2020 Season Arizona Native Plant Society “Plant Families from Asteraceae to Zygophyllaceae”

Posted on Mar 27, 2020

Members of the Yuma Chapter are devoting meeting time to the study of plant families represented in the Sonoran Desert flora of our area. Asteraceae, the first family we studied, was presented remotely in December via YouTube by chapter president Valerie Morrill. In February, Erv Barnes followed with a discussion on the puzzling Zygophyllaceae. Later that month a group trekked to the Imperial Sand Dunes in California to find examples of both plant families, spring wildflowers, and to inspect an unusual growth form of creosote bush, Larrea tridentata. We stopped at two places off I-8. The first stop south of Sidewinder Road exit and the second was at the historical Old Plank Road ACEC on BLM west of the Grays Well exit.

Following is a plant list and photographs recorded by member Linda Johnson.

Trees
Desert willow                          Chilopsis linearis

Shrubs
Creosote bush                          Larrea tridentata
Emory Indigo bush                Psorothamnus emoryii
Giant Dune Buckwheat         Eriogonum deserticola
Joint Fur, Mormon Tea        Ephedra (probably trifurca)
Russian thistle                        Salsola sp.

Annuals and low-growing perennials
Ajo lily                                     Hesperocallis undulata
Bugseed                                  Dicoria canescens
Crinklemat                             Tiquilia plicata
Cryptantha                             Cryptantha sp.
Dune primrose                      Oenothera deltoides ssp. deltoides
Locoweed/milkvetch            Astragalus sp.
Sand verbena                         Abronia villosa
Spanish needles                     Palofoxia arida
Spectacle pod                         Dimorphicarpa pinnatifida
Suncup                                    Camissonia sp.

Dune primrose or bird cage primrose


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