President: Carianne Campbell, email
Vice President: Ries Lindley, email
Treasurer: Diane Kelly, email
Secretary: Liz Fairchild, email
Chapter meetings and evening programs are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from September through May, beginning at 7:00 pm. Our monthly meetings are held at the City of Tucson Ward 6 Office, 3202 East 1st Street, south of Speedway Boulevard and east of Country Club Road.
Look for the AZNPS sign board. We often have raffles for native plants or related books at each meeting, so be prepared! Download our 2013-2014 Speaker Schedule by clicking here.
For information about the Tucson Chapter, please contact Carianne Campbell.
New PAPAZ Site: Salero Ranch in Santa Cruz County
Come help explore and collect on a privately owned, 20,000-acre ranch in Santa Cruz County. Sandwiched between the Santa Rita Mountains to the north and Sonoita Creek State Natural Area to the south, Salero Ranch lies in diverse desert grassland habitat, with seasonal riparian areas, mountain canyons, and oak woodland also well represented. Elevations range from 3900 to 5300 feet. The Salero has been actively ranched since the late 1800s, but the current owners run only about 200 head of cattle. There are also 19 private homes scattered across the landscape. Because of the Salero's private status, there were only 5 herbarium collections prior to the start of this PAPAZ project. If you are interested in helping with this project, or for more information, contact Sue Carnahan by email or 520-591-0740. Collecting dates and times TBD.
NEW YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GRANT!
We have winners!! Who? Click here.
based on 20 years of data from 1966-1985 by William G. McGinnies.
JOIN OUR CHAPTER E-LIST
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 Carianne Campbell to be added to the list.
Stay informed by joining our email list or “like” us on Facebook. You can also stay up to date with our chapter calendar.
Enjoy some "eye candy" by clicking HERE to see what is blooming at Tohono Chul Park.
The speaker schedule for the 2013-2014 monthly meetings is now available on a flyer. Please make a copy for yourself and spread the word to others. Consider posting the schedule on appropriate locations around Tucson. For a copy of the schedule, click here.
2013-14 FALL-WINTER PROGRAM
Wednesday, December 11, 2013: Ben Wilder, “Historical Biogeography of the Midriff Islands, Gulf of California”
What were conditions like thousands of years ago that led to the formation of the remarkable desert islands of the Gulf of California we see today? Puzzling biogeographic patterns of the plants and animals that currently inhabit this archipelago indicate markedly different conditions in the past. Using ancient DNA, phylogeography, and packrat middens, we will travel back in time to better understand one of the natural wonders of the world. Ben is a co-author of Plant Life of a Desert Archipelago: Flora of the Sonoran Islands in the Gulf of California, and he will be available to sign your copy.
We will have a limited number of books for sale if you do not have your copy yet. Also, Arid Adaptations Nursery will be on-hand with nifty native succulents for the raffle!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014: Rich Hoyer, “Botanists Make Better Birders”
Many experienced birders have a passing interest in plants, but most of them can’t tell a cypress from a cedar, let alone a corymb from an umbel or a palea from a lemma. Who needs to know that, if you’re looking at wing coverts and primary extensions? Rich Hoyer will show how your skills in identifying plants and recognizing habitat details will help you hone your own birding skills, with this photo presentation of plants and birds from Arizona.
Rich Hoyer has been leading birding tours internationally for WINGS for the past 16 years and is known for incorporating his interests in other areas of natural history into his tours. He actually started identifying wildflowers before he became a birder at the age of 14 and soon became a fan of the dichotomous key.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014: Betsy Arnold, “Arizona’s Hidden Treasures: Incredible Endophytic Symbionts of our Phenomenal Flora”
Betsy Arnold came to mycology from a background in ecology and evolutionary biology, and now studies the union of these disciplines, with an enthusiastic focus on endophytic symbionts of plants. She holds a BS in Biology from Duke, worked with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and completed her doctoral work at the U of A. After another stint at Duke, she returned to the U of A, as associate professor and curator of the Mycological Herbarium. She is an award-winning teacher, has published more than 60 papers on plant-associated fungi, and maintains a very active outreach program with Native Americans in northern Arizona and high school students in urban areas of Tucson.
Saturday, January 11, 2014: Atterbury-Lyman Animal and Bird Sanctuary at Lincoln Park
This is a joint field trip with the Tucson Audubon Society (TAS) to Atterbury Wash, on Tucson’s east side. We will botanize and visit Tucson Audubon’s habitat restoration work as well as look for resident and wintering birds. Learn more about TAS’s work at Atterbury Wash here.
We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the “lower” Lincoln Park off Escalante Road east of Pantano Road (not “upper” Lincoln Park off Pantano south of Escalante). Bring water, sunscreen, binoculars, and a bird book! We expect to be finished before lunch. Group size limit of 12. Please RSVP to Diane Kelly by email.
Friday, February 7, 2014: Civano Nursery Tour, Part 1: Production Fields
Civano Nursery is a well-respected, local, family-owned Tucson nursery with a great selection of native plants for commercial and residential landscapes. The Shipley family has always generously supported the Tucson Chapter of AZNPS and we are pleased to offer a behind-the-scenes tour of their production fields and greenhouses in Sahuarita. Co-owner Chris Shipley will guide us through the amazing diversity of succulents and perennials that Civano propagates. The tour will involve some walking on uneven fields. Learn more about Civano Nursery.
We will meet at 8:00 a.m. to carpool from the Burger King on the south side of St. Mary’s Road immediately west of I-10. Group size limit of 15. Please RSVP to Diane Kelly by email.
Saturday, February 8, 2014: Civano Nursery Tour, Part 2: Nursery Tour
We will tour the extensive native plant offerings of Civano Nursery with co-owner Chris Shipley. The tour will be on flat, solid surfaces at the retail nursery and will not involve a lot of walking. Learn more about Civano Nursery: www.civanonursery.net.
We will meet at 8:00 a.m. to carpool from the south side of the Safeway parking lot, SE corner of Broadway/ Campbell. Group size limit of 15. Please RSVP to Diane Kelly by email.
Saturday - Monday, March 1-3, 2014: Tinajas Altas Camping Trip
Tom Van Devender, Ana Lilia Reina-Guerrero, and Pinau Merlin will lead a botany/natural history tour in the vicinity of the Tinajas Altas along the famed Camino de Diablo. We will do primitive camping for two nights and carry in all our water. Additional details will be forthcoming. We will meet on Saturday, March 1, at 6:30 a.m. at the IHOP on Grant Road just west of I-10. Group size limit of 20. Please RSVP to Diane Kelly by email.
Stay abreast of other trips and tours that may be organized at the last minute by joining our email announcement list! Contact Carianne by email.
NOTE: If there are those who do not have email and want to register for one of the following field trips, please call Diane Kelly at 520-531-0963.
TUCSON VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: RESTORATION WORK DAYS
Saturday, December 7, 2013: Third Annual Volunteer Day at the AZNPS Waterman Restoration Site
We are organizing our big annual work day at the Waterman Restoration site Saturday, December 7. We will again move a lot of rock and dirt to create more berms and give more of a chance for the rainwater to soak in instead of running off. So far, this technique has generated a LOT of plant growth on previously bare areas.
AZNPS will offer morning coffee and Sierra Club Arizona will offer a lunch.
The participating groups will be BLM, AZNPS, Dove Mountain Hikers, Sierra Club Arizona, the UA Soil Water and Environment Student Club, and students from the UA Plant Sciences and Natural Resources Department.
As there is plenty of parking at the site itself, we will meet up there at 8am. Those who want to carpool can meet at the Marana airport parking area by 7:30am. Please RSVP to Diane Kelly by email.
Santa Cruz River Work Days
Saturdays, December 28, January 25, & February 22
The restoration site north of Cortaro Road is looking great: All of our trees and shrubs are becoming well established. Upcoming work days will focus on removing buffelgrass and other invasive plants and seeding areas that have been cleared. Check out the Facebook Photo Album. For a photo report showing the history of the work at the site, click here.
We’ll meet at 7:00 a.m. and finish by 9:00 a.m. Bring your favorite work gloves, a good hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. We’ll have some cold drinks and snacks to share. Contact Marilyn Hanson for details.
Saturday, January 25, 2014: Beat Back Buffelgrass Day 2014! at the Santa Cruz River Restoration Site
The group will be removing buffelgrass along the multi-use path, along the east side of the Santa Cruz River, north of Cortaro Road. We will be working from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Water and snacks will be provided. The area is flat and the substrate is sandy. Groups have been removing buffelgrass from this site once a month since September 2012. We have made great progress—join us!!
Register for the event at: www.buffelgrass.org/beat-back-buffelgrass-day-sites.
Weed Warrior Activities
1) Sonoran Desert Weedwackers, Tucson Mountain Park work, third Saturday of each month. To volunteer, contact Marilyn Hanson by email.
2) Sonoran Desert Weedwackers, Saguaro National Park East work the second Saturday of each month, meeting at the Visitor Center of the Rincon Mt. District. To volunteer, contact their coordinator by email.
3) Oro Valley Buffel Busters work the second Saturday of each month. For more info, contact Carmen Ryan, 229-5070.
The Tucson Chapter now ships our t-shirts. Same great shirt - 100% organic cotton, made in the US. Same price: $20. And now, until year end, we ship free anywhere in the US. Email our treasurer Diane for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
March 24, 2013: Meg Quinn Wildflowers in the Tortolitas
Meg Quinn led a full field trip on a wildflower walk in Wild Burro Canyon where there was
an impressive spring wildflower display this week. For a photo report, check out Sue Carnahan's photo album here.
Emmenanthe penduliflora, yellow whispering bells/ Eriastrum diffusum, miniature woollystar
Saturday, March 9, 2013 Pima Pineapple Cactus Mitigation Site
Who knew a bad year could be so much fun? Despite the dry year, the cold weather, and the surprise storm from nowhere, there are plants to be ogled and ecology to be pondered. Iris Rodden, Conservation Biologist with Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation, led seven very interested botanizers on a fact-filled tour of a Pima Pineapple Cactus (PPC) mitigation site. The year has been a tough one for spring bloomers, yet there are still some to be found. In addition to PPC, field-trippers got to know some of those little belly-crawler plants like Pectocarya, bladderpod, and micro-versions of Mexican poppy. There was also plenty of informative discourse on plant ecology and the history of the mitigation site itself.
Tucson Chapter Budding Botanists Consulting over a Pima Pineapple Cactus
Coryphantha robustispina Lepidium sp. Lesquerella gordonii
February 23- 25, 2013 El Pinacate Botany Field Trip
Sixteen members of AZNPS took a spring field trip to the Pinacates, led by Tom & Ana Lilia van Devender and Pinau Merlin. They explored the west side of the Pinacates for three days. They recorded 127 plant taxa. For a more detailed report, click here.
For photo reports, check out Sue Carnahan's Flickr accounts. Photos are arranged from newest to oldest.
Robert Villa's photos for this 2013 Pinacate Trip on his Facebook page.
Saturday, January 26: Kino Ecological Restoration Project (KERP)
Eight hardy plant people joined Julia Fonseca on a rainy walk within a local stormwater detention basin to look for spring annuals. Although the annuals were minute in size, Jonathan Horst was able to add Lesquerella gordonii to the plant list, using only the cotyledons and one leaf for identification! This was a species that had been in the original seed mix for the Kino Ecosystem Restoration Project. Jonathan also found Matthiola parviflora, a recently arrived non-native annual that John has studied previously. The group saw three coyotes, a green heron and stormwater capture in action after the sky opened up in a downpour!
BELOW:Julia Fonseca providing an overview.
Walking along the revegged wetland.
October 26, 2012: Grass ID In Tucson Mountain Park
On October 26 Tucson AZNPS members went on a fantastic field trip with the incomparable Meg Quinn, desert botanist extraordinaire. Meg distributed a plant list of grass species in Tucson Mountain Park. She led us through several little known roadside and desert wash spots in Tucson Mountain Park. Focusing just on native grasses, we managed to check off thirty species ! We all agreed that grasses are poorly known by Arizona plant enthusiasts. For photos of the field trip, visit Michael McNulty's site.
BELOW: Meg Quinn with native grass Tanglehead (Heteropogon contortus)
BELOW:Spider grass (Aristida ternipes) AZ Cottontop (Digitaria californica)
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, Chiricahua Mountains
September 8, 2012: Lower Madera Canyon Walk with Doug Moore
On an overcast day, Doug Moore, Education Director for the Friends of Madera Canyon, started at the Proctor Road trailhead pointing out flowering plants, grasshoppers and caterpillars. We hiked through the grasslands, the mesquite bosque and then up through the interior riparian forest and the oak/pine woodlands. Arizona Sunflower, Tithonia thurberii, was commonly seen with butterflies nectaring. The group saw a total of 20 different butterflies including a couple of Monarchs. We also saw more caterpillars and grasshoppers than we could keep track of!
Dull firetip on AZ Sunflower Western Imperial Moth Caterpillar AZ Sunflower
March 25, 2012: Ragged Top Flora Diversity Wash Walk with John Wiens
We revisited the fabulous Ragged Top "flora diversity wash" with ASDM botanist John Wiens, who had inventoried 153 species there 10 years in a short quarter mile section. On this year's hike, John helped us identify 140 species! One of the AZNPS hikers was a Latin-Greek scholar (John Kuhner) who was able to give the exact translation of the genus and species names. This was quite a treat for all of us
For Sue Carnahan's Photo Report, click here.
Group consult!! Echinocereus nicholii/Golden HH
Euphorbia arizonicus Krameria sp.
Androsace occidentalis Delphinium scaposum
March 3, 4, and 5, 2012: Field Trip to El Pinacate
Members of Arizona Native Plant Society enjoyed three days and two nights traveling in the company of Tom Van Devender, Ana Lilia Van Devender, and Mark Dimmitt to tour the spectacular El Pinacate of northern Sonora. The biosphere reserve offers a surprising number of plant communities in a very dry and seasonally variable climate. Carpets of Cryptantha in one area yielded to carpets of Plantago in another. Fellow campers were treated to blue sand lily (Triteleiopsis palmeri), Ajo lily (Hesperocallis undulate), as well as other treats like Echinocactus polycephalus. Camp life was rich, with one camper providing concert-quality violin music and the local northern mockingbird performing its all-night renditions of unlikely birds like white-breasted nuthatch.
Click for Tom Van Devender's Plant Report, Pinau Merlin's Animal Report and another field trip report from Tom Van Devender.
Go to Michael McNulty's album of the trip and Ries Lindley's Pinacate Trip for more pictures. Sue Carnahan has an extensive photo report of the flora.
Tohono Chul Park Plant Walks Every month of the year, and are included in the admission price. No reservations necessary.
What's Blooming wildflower tours begin on March 1 at 10am and continue every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through April 28
Walk in the Park- Monday-Saturday at 9:00am. Experience Tohono Chul Park while learning some of the basics of the ecology of the Sonoran Desert.