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ScheduleVolunteer Field Trip Reports

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 (new time). 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.
Join Our Chapter E-list:  If you would like to receive reminders and announcements about field trips and meetings via e-mail, send a note to Doug Ripley to be added to the list.


Thursday, March 20, 2014: Heather Swanson, Bureau of Land Management, “Grassland Restoration at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area”

Heather Swanson will provide an introduction to the remarkable 45,000-acre Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, where the region’s rolling grasslands and oak-studded hills connect several “sky island” mountain ranges, and lush riparian corridors support diverse plant and animal communities. She will discuss and explain the important ongoing work by BLM to restore the native grasslands of this priceless natural treasure.

Thursday, April 17, 2014: Bob Parks, Naturalist and Photographer, “The Secret Life of Insects”

This program has been cancelled. Come join us on May 15.

Thursday, May 15, 2014: Bill Little, Botanical Author and Photographer, “A Sonoran Desert Scrapbook”

Bill Little will discuss his latest book, A Sonoran Desert Scrapbook. This book provides an introduction to the seven divisions of the Sonoran Desert, with an emphasis on the individual plants to be found from Nogales to Kino Bay in Sonora. Bill’s superb photographs of Sonoran Desert and Baja California plants, many of which appear in the book, will illustrate his presentation and provide an outstanding introduction to the region.

Upcoming Field Trips

Several local field trips are contemplated for the spring and will be announced via the Chapter’s listserv and Facebook page.

Volunteer Opportunities  

Wildflower/Butterfly Garden

Starting in the spring, work will resume on the development of the chapter-sponsored wildflower/butterfly garden at the Sierra Vista Library. The goal of this project is 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. In July members began laying out the basic plan for the garden; we completed the initial plantings by the end of September. Some plants and seeds were donated by members Karen LeMay and Bob Behrstock from their native plant garden in the Huachuca Mountains. The rest were obtained from Desert Survivors Nursery. If you would like to donate a little of your time to expanding and maintaining the garden, please contact Doug Ripley (phone: 520-909-3132 or e-mail.

The Cochise County Herbarium is a fully functioning herbarium with mounted plant specimens, mostly from AZ and NM with a few from Sonora, CA and UT. The Sky Islands and San Pedro River contribute to the unique habitats found in Cochise County and the CCH is a repository for plant species from these areas, reflecting the variation and diversity present in Cochise County and surrounding areas. The herbarium is a great resource for online identification. The volunteer staff can always use help with identification and mounting the thousands of specimens that have not been catalogued. Please contact Cecile Lumer at the herbarium by email or call 520-458-8278 ext. 2172. or  520-432-4294.

OTHER COCHISE COUNTY EVENTS March 13 & 14, 2014: High Desert Gardening and Landscaping Conference

The Cochise County Master Gardeners Association (CCMGA) will be hosting its 21st Annual High Desert Gardening & Landscaping Conference on March 13 and 14, 2014, at Cochise College in Sierra Vista. This two-day conference is the longest running gardening and landscaping conference of its kind in Arizona and regularly attracts attendees from high desert regions all across the southwestern United States.
A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee of $65.00 for one day and $100.00 for both days. Pre-registration for the conference will begin early January and close on March 8 on a space- available basis.
Each year up to three scholarships are awarded by CCMGA to cover the two-day registration to the High Desert Conference. For details on how to apply, go to the Master Gardener website. Deadline for scholarship applications is February 10.

Plant Atlas Project of Arizona (PAPAZ) Update

On Saturday, August 10, twenty-two “Budding Botanists” participated in PAPAZ training at the University of Arizona Herbarium on the UA campus in Tucson. Sponsored jointly by the Tucson and Cochise Chapters, this training provided a general orientation to basic botany, including history, terminology, nomenclature, taxonomy and systematics, classification, evolution, Arizona biodiversity, and an introduction to the morphology of several of the largest flowering plant families found in Arizona. The course concluded with a discussion and demonstration of plant preservation practices and herbarium management procedures.
On the following day, participants traveled to one of two new PAPAZ study sites: in the Dragoon Mountains in Cochise County and Bear Canyon in Pima County. There the participants were introduced to field collecting procedures and began making collections in support of the ongoing floristic study of those areas. This effort was the first of its kind to be conducted in Southern Arizona and complements a number of other very successful PAPAZ programs that have been underway for several years in Northern and Central Arizona.
We anticipate a follow-up PAPAZ course will be conducted before the end of the year in Southern Arizona. There is also a new study site in Santa Cruz County. Stay tuned if you would like to participate in this interesting program through which you can make an important contribution to the understanding of the Arizona flora and have a lot of fun.
To learn more, visit or contact Ries Lindley by email or phone at 520-882-6202.


August 22-24, 2013: Chiricahua Workshop-Southwestern Research Station
This year’s August field trip to the Chiricahua Mountains yielded over 200 species to 21 participants, who hailed from four different chapters. The bloom was richest in the high altitudes, but field trip diversity included plants from the high Chihuahuan desert to the montane forest at the top of the mountain range. Explorers spent an entire morning just ferreting out plants of the Paradise cemetery. Generous assistance was provided by area residents P.D. Hulce, leading the trip to his private paradise in the mouth of Horseshoe Canyon, and by Dave Jasper who lead the trip on the gorgeous upper trail at Rustler’s Park. Elaine Moisan led a great trip to the Paradise Cemetery on that sunny and wonderful last day. The Southwestern Research Station provided great accommodations, delicious food, a lovely picnic area for wine sipping and a lab for the plant ID workshop.
For the list of species seen, click here. Sue Carnahan's photo collection is here. Ries's photo album is here.
A group picture taken from the Crest Trail above Rustler's Park.
     Blue grama                             Bisbee beehive cactus              Cardinal catchfly
August 31-Sept 2, 2012 Botany Trip/Workshop in the Chiricauhuas
The Tucson and Cochise Chapters sponsored a three-day field trip to the Chiricahua Mountains over Labor Day Weekend.  The event, which we hope will re-establish an AZNPS tradition of holding an annual extended field trip to the Chiricahua Mountains, was held at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal. The group explored the Ash Spring Trail and Barfoot Park. Native plant presentations were held in the evening. For a more detailed report of the trip, click here. For a photo report, click here.
Barfoot Park in the Chiricahua Mountains
Cochise Past Events/Activities
Members of the Cochise and Tucson Chapters participated in a trip to the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society in Santa Cruz County on October 13, 2011.  At the Ranch Dr. Linda Kennedy conducted a grass identification workshop followed by a field trip on the Ranch to observe many of the native grasses identified in the class.
Dr. Linda Kennedy, Director of the        Members of the Appleton-Whittell grass               workshop
Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch,
National Audubon Society, conducting
a native grass identification workshop