Sustain & Restore

Engage best practices in land management and restoration to sustain native biodiversity, positive recreational experiences and benefits connected with the Sonoran Desert.

Current Progress

This goal includes a variety of initiatives, including research about the impact of using desert parks, research about effective invasive species control and removal and working to return native plants to the landscape.

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Active Initiatives

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Total Initiatives

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Parks Involved in Invasive Species Mapping

Science in the Desert

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Using Pictures and Sound to Study the “Gooseneck”

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, in partnership with Phoenix Zoo and Arizona State University, is utilizing camera traps and sound recording equipment to assess how urbanization affects wildlife in McDowell Sonoran Preserve. A narrow strip of land called the “Gooseneck Corridor” connects nearly one million acres of regional protected lands. Photos captured since 2017 enable citizen scientists and researchers to assess how mammals use the corridor; sound recordings are used to measure the effects of urban noise on wildlife. As lands surrounding the Preserve continue to be developed, this information will help ensure that the habitat corridor continues to serve the area’s animal species.

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Advancing milkweed research and education in Central Arizona

Monarch butterfly populations have declined as much as 90% over the last two decades. Great Milkweed Grow Out is a Desert Botanical Garden initiative that supports monarch conservation by creating habitat at schools and community centers, propagating native milkweeds, and conducting innovative research on monarchs and milkweed.

Protect Your Open Spaces

Desert Defenders: Invasive Species Program

January 16, 2020 Partner Event

A collaborative citizen science program on how to locate, identify, map, and remove invasive species at Maricopa County Parks using Collector, map-based mobile app.

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Desert Defenders: Invasive Species Program

January 18, 2020 Partner Event

A collaborative citizen science program on how to locate, identify, map, and remove invasive species at Maricopa County Parks using Collector, map-based mobile app.

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Speaker Series: Conservation, Wildlife Conflict & Habitats in Urban Spaces

January 24, 2020

How does local wildlife respond to our growing urban spaces? Join us to learn about what adaptations wildlife use, what their preferred habitats are and what challenges they face in our cities.

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Technical Leads

Together we can build a strong future for our environment and protect the natural beauty of Central Arizona.

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Protect & Connect

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CAZCA is an initiative of Desert Botanical Garden. Any donations made to CAZCA must be made through Desert Botanical Garden. You will now be taken to their website to complete this transaction. Thank you!
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