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President-Doug Ripley, email

Vice President- vacant

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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Thursday, September 19: 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 17: 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 21: 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.


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
Cost: $25
Registration contact: 

Volunteer Opportunities  

Wildflower/Butterfly Garden

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.

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.


Plant Atlas Project of Arizona (PAPAZ) Update

On Saturday, August 10, 2013, 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