Invasive species are one of the biggest threats to healthy ecosystems. They often crowd out native species, decrease biodiversity and increase wildfire risk. Join the new Desert Defenders program to help us find and remove these plants!
Desert Defenders is a citizen science program focused on finding, mapping and removing invasive species at local parks and preserves. The plant species that we focus on are known to have a moderate to severe impact on local ecosystems, and a few pose a risk for our community by raising the fire risk and even worsening seasonal allergies. The data collected through the tireless work of our Defenders is crucial for park staff and land managers to protect the desert parks we all love.
Stinknet (Oncosiphon piluliferum) is causing havoc in central Arizona. It grows like a weed and if left unchecked, could destroy much of the desert landscape it blankets. Battling this deceptively pretty invader calls for an army of conservationists, botanists, ecologists, citizen scientists, firefighters, master gardeners and homeowners.