Field Notes

Hardworking volunteers removed vinca from Aravaipa Canyon!

November 14, 2019

A huge thank you to the volunteers who came with us to the Aravaipa Canyon Preserve this past weekend to help remove invasive periwinkle (Vinca major) from the canyon.  Our small, but hard working group worked in two parts of the Aravaipa preserve. Our first location was part of an ongoing study to test what…
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Vinca in Aravaipa Canyon

November 7, 2019

Periwinkle (Vinca major) Greater periwinkle (Vinca major) is a flowering vine native to the Mediterranean and is popular in homes and gardens for its attractive purple flowers. While it looks nice in your backyard, vinca is an aggressive invasive species if it’s accidentally introduced into the right areas.  In Arizona, vinca spread from homes and…
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Aravaipa Canyon Restoration

July 24, 2015

During this trip we are continuing a new task in Aravaipa Canyon – removing an invasive plant called vinca (or periwinkle) from the understory of the creek banks. This will require digging and fastidious removal of root material, with tools provided by Sky Island Alliance. We’ll be bending, digging, and getting dirty. We will also be installing native plants in previously cleared areas to improve pollinator habitat.