Sustain & Restore
Engage best practices in land management and restoration to sustain native biodiversity, positive recreational experiences and benefits connected with the Sonoran Desert.
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.
Science in the Desert
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.
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
Together we can build a strong future for our environment and protect the natural beauty of Central Arizona.