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Centennial Saguaro Survey
February 27 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pmFree
Saturday, February 27th
The Centennial Saguaro Survey will be happening through April 2016. On February 27th we will be hiking to a plot in the west district (Tucson Mountains), and counting/measuring/surveying saguaros. In the past, these plots were established to see if a contagious disease was affecting the saguaros and surveying for epidermal browning. In the past twenty years the park has been focusing on climate change and invasive encroachment; observing if those two factors are causing the slight decline we are seeing in saguaro germination.
PROJECT SCHEDULE & LOCATION
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Box Canyon Turnout, located at about 7768 W picture Rocks Road, Tucson, AZ 85743. There is plenty of parking! We will work throughout the day with a break for lunch.
THE WORK AND WHAT TO KNOW
Our tasks will involve following a standardized protocol to survey saguaros and other targeted plant species. Volunteers do not need to have prior training to participate. Sky Island Alliance or one of our partners will provide all tools and instruction as well as extra copies of both our own volunteer waivers and those of the Park Service
WHAT TO BRING
- Water (2 Liters recommended) , snacks, and lunch.
- Sturdy footwear (ex. hiking boots) with closed toes is required as is sun/thorny plant protection (ex. wide-brimmed hat, sunblock, long sleeved shirt and long pants)
Contact Carianne Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org