Invasive Plant Volunteer Events

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
Time: 8:45am-11:00am

Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum & Watershed Management Group
Description: Giant reed is a state of Arizona class B noxious weed. Join us at the Watershed Management Tanque Verde giant reed removal site to learn to recognize and map giant reed and see, up close how it takes over riparian habitat in the Sonoran desert. We will be using the Wild Spotter app to map to the EDDMapS dataset which is used for early detection and rapid response in Pima County.
Meeting Location: We will meet at the location listed below at 8:45am to caravan to the workshop location. Please be on time.
Event location: Lat: 32°14'29.1" Long: 110°43'34.5"
Volunteers: 3 registered out of a total capacity of 8
Tools Provided:
Bring: A charged smartphone with Wild Spotter app installed with a valid user account, a quart of drinking water
Wear: Covered sturdy shoes for walking in the wash, comfortable hiking clothes, a hat
Additional Information: If you need extra help to download the app and create a Wild Spotter account or have other questions, please sign up for one of the Weed Mapping Help Sessions listed in the Desert Museum Invasive Plant Volunteer Events page.

Thursday, March 7, 2024
Time: 8:30am-11:30am

Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Description: Stinknet is a recently introduced, invasive plant that has taken over Phoenix in a very short time, crowing out other plants and fueling wildfires like the Ocotillo fire in Cave Creek in 2020. Join us in Amphi neighborhood to learn how to recognize and remove the problem plant. Let's join forces to protect our community and its biodiversity!
Meeting Location: Pima Federal Credit Union customer parking lot (west side of credit union building)
Event location: 3730 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
Volunteers: 0 registered out of a total capacity of 10
Tools Provided: Gloves, trash bags, some hand tools
Bring: Some drinking water, a 5 gal bucket (if you have one already), a face mask
Wear: Comfortable gardening clothes, sturdy covered shoes and a hat
Additional Information: We do not require use of a face mask but many people find that a surgical or cloth mask is useful as close contact with a dense patch of stinknet can make your eyes water (and it smells bad!).

Saturday, March 9, 2024
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Description: For all of you that have contributed to invasive species efforts this month, and even in the past year, we wish to say Thank You! You are helping our beautiful Sonoran Desert remain intact. We will serve a Mexican food brunch, then all take a short walk to the see the revealing of a newly-painted Save Our Saguaros mural.
Meeting Location: Lower parking lot of A Mountain (Sentinel Peak Park). We will have half of the lot coned off, so you will likely need to park one or two streets below, on Panorama Circle or Bella Vista Drive.
Event location: Sentinel Peak Rd. South, Tucson
Volunteers: 6 registered out of a total capacity of 100
Tools Provided:
Bring: A reusable plate, utensils and a water bottle.
Wear:
Additional Information: To make this a minimal-trash event, we ask that you provide your own dish and service ware. We will have a cooler to fill cups or water bottles from, tables, chairs, napkins, and we will have extra plates and utensils for anyone who may have forgotten to bring their own.

Saturday, March 9, 2024
Time: 8-10:45 (party starts at 11!)

Organization: Menlo Park Neighborhood Association
Description: Volunteer Appreciation Day pull! 8-10:45 (the party starts at 11!) come and join us at your pleasure along the Gilbert Jimenez Trail 1/2 mile up from the lower parking lot of A Mountain Park. cuidado!....Rocky, fairly steep slope
Meeting Location: Lower lot of A Mountain/ Sentinel Peak Park,S W corner of the lot at the Gilbert Jimenez Trailhead. Working 1/2 mile up the trail.
Event location: ,
Volunteers: 5 registered out of a total capacity of 25
Tools Provided: yes
Bring: water
Wear: sturdy shoes, hat, long sleaves
Additional Information: Enjoy the profuse wildflowers and other native plants in areas pulled over the past few years! afterwards we will be treated to comida Mexicana y bebidas, and can check out the new Mural

Sunday, March 10, 2024
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Description: Take a day trip to one of southern Arizona’s wildflower hotspots! You will learn how to identify the different species and about their lifecycles and drought strategies. But, along with the sunshine comes the rain. Raining down on the wildflower party is the recent intrusion of stinknet, an exotic that has spread like wildfire in the Phoenix area. As part of this visit we will assist the State Park for a couple of hours in pulling out young stinknet plants. You must be able to sit or bend over and work manually pulling out rather small plants. Of course, the surroundings will be spectacular!
Meeting Location: Meet on the NW corner of Grant and Fairview. We will leave cars here, then board vans to drive to Picacho Peak. There is a coffee shop at the meeting place, which might be open that morning. We will advise one week prior.
Event location: 904 W. Grant Rd., Tucson, AZ
Volunteers: 9 registered out of a total capacity of 22
Tools Provided: Gloves and tools will be provided.
Bring: Sack lunch, water in a reusable bottle, hat, walking stick (optional).
Wear: Long sleeves and pants. Perhaps bring a cushion to sit on while working.
Additional Information: Transportation from Tucson and State Park entrance fee included.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Organization: Sonoran Desert Weedwackers - Pima County NRPR
Description: Join us for a beautiful morning in Tucson Mountain Park! Come prepared to hike off trail to reach our work area. We will provide snacks and drinks when we're finished.
Meeting Location: Details on specific meeting location within the park will be sent by email 2-3 days ahead of time. Text or call Ellie if you need meeting location details.
Event location: Tucson Mountain Park,
Volunteers: 5 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: lightweight digging bars, rock picks, work gloves
Bring: water (2 liters), snacks, backpack, sunscreen
Wear: hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeves)

Saturday, March 16, 2024
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am

Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Description: Stinknet is a recently introduced, invasive plant that has taken over Phoenix in a very short time, crowing out other plants and fueling wildfires. A very large infestation was discovered last year in Amphi neighborhood and has spread into parts of the surrounding residential area. Join us in Amphi neighborhood to learn how to recognize and remove the problem plant. Let's join forces to protect our community and its biodiversity!
Meeting Location: Pima Federal Credit Union customer parking lot (west side of credit union building)
Event location: 3730 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
Volunteers: 0 registered out of a total capacity of 10
Tools Provided: Gloves, trash bags, some hand tools
Bring: Some drinking water, a 5 gal bucket (if you have one already), a face mask
Wear: Comfortable gardening clothes, sturdy covered shoes and a hat
Additional Information: We do not require use of a face mask but many people find that a surgical or cloth mask is useful as close contact with a dense patch of stinknet can make your eyes water (and it smells bad!).

Saturday, March 16, 2024
Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Organization: Sonoran Desert Weedwackers - Pima County NRPR
Description: Join us for a beautiful morning in Tucson Mountain Park! Come prepared to hike off trail to reach our work area. We will provide snacks and drinks when we're finished.
Meeting Location: Details on specific meeting location within the park will be sent by email 2-3 days ahead of time. Text or call Ellie if you need meeting location details.
Event location: Tucson Mountain Park,
Volunteers: 4 registered out of a total capacity of 40
Tools Provided: lightweight digging bars, rock picks, work gloves
Bring: water (2 liters), snacks, backpack, sunscreen
Wear: hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeves)

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Organization: Sonoran Desert Weedwackers - Pima County NRPR
Description: Join us for a beautiful morning in Tucson Mountain Park! Come prepared to hike off trail to reach our work area. We will provide snacks and drinks when we're finished.
Meeting Location: Details on specific meeting location within the park will be sent by email 2-3 days ahead of time. Text or call Ellie if you need meeting location details.
Event location: Tucson Mountain Park,
Volunteers: 5 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: lightweight digging bars, rock picks, work gloves
Bring: water (2 liters), snacks, backpack, sunscreen
Wear: hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeves)

Saturday, March 30, 2024
Time: 8 am - 12 pm

Organization: Catalina State Park Buffel Slayers
Description: Come out to Catalina State Park and see the amazing wildflowers that the winter rains have likely nurtured for us. Get into the park for free! This buffelgrass dig replaces our regular March 2nd and April 6th events and will be the last of our spring season. We have one more baby saguaro to raffle off and we still have plenty of stickers. If you have been stalwart and have joined us for 5 digs, we have a colorful Buffel Slayer shirt waiting for you.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Equestrian Center within Catalina State Park. Turn left after the big wash crossing and head to the end of the road, past the camping loops. Park on the left and meet us at the picnic tables at the trailhead for the 50 Year Trail.
Event location: 11570 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ, 85737
Volunteers: 6 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: Pick-mattocks, hand picks, digging bars, work gloves, kneeling matts
Bring: 2 liters of water, snacks, sunscreen, sun hat, your own work gloves, if preferred
Wear: Long pants, long-sleeved sun shirt, sturdy hiking boots or shoes, hat
Additional Information: We will walk 20 minutes up the 50 year Trail and dig along a small wash and a nearby slope. This is a re-dig of the area, so many of the plants are smaller. Digging should be relatively easy. For photos of our past events go to https://www.facebook.com/buffelslayers If you are a minor, email me for a youth waiver.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Organization: Sonoran Desert Weedwackers - Pima County NRPR
Description: Join us for a beautiful morning in Tucson Mountain Park! Come prepared to hike off trail to reach our work area. We will provide snacks and drinks when we're finished.
Meeting Location: Details on specific meeting location within the park will be sent by email 2-3 days ahead of time. Text or call Ellie if you need meeting location details.
Event location: Tucson Mountain Park,
Volunteers: 3 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: lightweight digging bars, rock picks, work gloves
Bring: water (2 liters), snacks, backpack, sunscreen
Wear: hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeves)

Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Organization: Sonoran Desert Weedwackers - Pima County NRPR
Description: Join us for a beautiful morning in Tucson Mountain Park! Come prepared to hike off trail to reach our work area. We will provide snacks and drinks when we're finished.
Meeting Location: Details on specific meeting location within the park will be sent by email 2-3 days ahead of time. Text or call Ellie if you need meeting location details.
Event location: Tucson Mountain Park,
Volunteers: 2 registered out of a total capacity of 35
Tools Provided: lightweight digging bars, rock picks, work gloves
Bring: water (2 liters), snacks, backpack, sunscreen
Wear: hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeves)

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Organization: Sonoran Desert Weedwackers - Pima County NRPR
Description: Join us for a beautiful morning in Tucson Mountain Park! Come prepared to hike off trail to reach our work area. We will provide snacks and drinks when we're finished.
Meeting Location: Details on specific meeting location within the park will be sent by email 2-3 days ahead of time. Text or call Ellie if you need meeting location details.
Event location: Tucson Mountain Park,
Volunteers: 0 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: lightweight digging bars, rock picks, work gloves
Bring: water (2 liters), snacks, backpack, sunscreen
Wear: hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeves)

Retrieved from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum web site on 03-02-2024
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