President-Doug Ripley, email
Vice President-Jerome Ward, email
Secretary-Deanna Sanner, email
Treasurer- Pat Sullivan, email
We have monthly programs on the 3rd Thursday of each month from September through May at 5:00 p.m. in the Cochise County Community Development Office conference room, 4001 Foothills Dr. (corner of Highway 92 and Foothills), Sierra Vista. The Chapter has established a Facebook website where much useful information about the chapter and its members is posted.
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Late Summer in the Chiricahuas
September 5, 6, and 7, 2014
Southwestern Research Station
The Cochise and Tucson chapters of the Arizona Native Plant Society are in their third year of co-sponsoring a weekend in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeast Cochise County. These richly diverse mountains are one the northern-most islands in the Madrean Archipelago that encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico , Sonora, and Chihuahua. Come enjoy this weekend with us. Whatever the weather, there will be botanical treats and great company.
Day 1: Arrive mid to late afternoon, check in, eat and head for the education center for some plant talks and discussion.
Day 2: An all-day field trip to a location to be determined. Or alternatively, stay nearer SWRS and attend one or both of two shorter field trips.
Day 3: A morning field trip, lunch and then depart.
Read about previous Chiricahua Field Trips below.
Thursday, September 18: Bob Parks, Naturalist and Photographer, “Plant-Insect Interactions”
Let’s explore some of our interesting smaller animals and their special relationships with plants. The world of insects is fascinating, especially if we enter their dimension, as Bob is able to do for us through his superb photography. Predators, pollinators, and freeloaders (with which Cochise County is blessed) will be featured. We will take a closer look at many groups of insects.
Thursday, October 16: Dr. Kit O’Connor, Ph.D., University of Arizona, “Fire, Insect Outbreaks, and Changes to Forest Structure and Species Assemblages in the Pinaleņo Mountains over the Past Three Centuries”
Dr. O’Connor, a postdoctoral research associate with the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona, will present a summary of his doctoral research on the forest ecology of one of our premier Sky Islands. Using a variety of ecological assessment strategies, including tree ring dating and analysis, he has developed a fascinating account of the many changes that have occurred in the Pinaleņo Mountains in the past three hundred years.
Thursday, November 20: Frank Rose, Naturalist, Photographer, and Author, “Glorious Grasses and Other Wonders”
Having explored and published books on the wildflowers and trees of Southern Arizona, Frank Rose has recently turned his attention to documenting photographically the grasses of Southern Arizona. His presentation will provide both a scientific and aesthetically pleasing overview of many of our native grasses.
UPCOMING TUCSON/COCHISE WORKSHOPS
Friday, October 3: Aster Family Workshop
The Tucson and Cochise Chapters of AZNPS and the University of Arizona will host a one-day workshop on the Aster family at the University of Arizona Herbarium (Herring Hall) on Friday, October 3, 2014. The workshop will begin with an overview of the general morphology, evolution, classification, and biological and economic significance of the Aster family by Dr. Shelley McMahon, Director of the UA Herbarium.
Doug Ripley, assisted by Ries Lindley, of the Arizona Native Plant Society, will then introduce the taxonomy of this large and diverse family through demonstrations and hands-on laboratory work. The workshop will be an excellent opportunity to gain familiarity with one of the most important families of flowering plants. Please contact Doug Ripley (phone 520-909-3132 or e-mail ) for registration information.
Friday, October 24 and 31: Grass Identification Class
This is a two-day combination lecture and hands-on workshop for students serious about doing grass id work. The goals are to impart sufficient knowledge for students to make wise decisions regarding collection of grasses, to provide complete information on grass morphology, and to teach the use of keys for identification of most Arizona species. Handout materials, dissecting scopes, tools, and pressed grass specimens for study will be provided. The first day will be lecture mixed with hands-on work. The second day can be for review if needed or desired and questions, plus working with keys from various references.
Instructor: Mike Bauer
Sponsors: University of Arizona Herbarium and Arizona Native Plant Society
When: October 24 and , 31, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: University of Arizona Herbarium, Herring Hall
Registration contact: Ries.Lindley@gmail.com
The chapter-sponsored wildflower/butterfly garden at the Sierra Vista Library is doing well, and some additional plants were added this summer. The goals of this project are to build a display garden that exemplifies Sierra Vista’s emblem of the hummingbird and echoes our surrounding natural environment and connection to the San Pedro watershed.
The next project, which will be completed shortly, is to erect a display board or kiosk that will explain the purpose of the garden, describe the advantages of developing a native plant garden, and provide information about the Arizona Native Plant Society. If you would like to donate a little of your time to expanding and maintaining the garden, please contact Doug Ripley by email or phone-520-909-3132.