2018 Events and projects
In 2018, we continued our restoration work on the Thicket Patch, native plant seed collection in the Coronado National Forest and Fort Huachuca Army Base, and public outreach to inform our community about the importance of native plants and pollinators.
PoCo was invited to attend Tucson Audubon's Bird the San Pedro event at the St. David Holy Trinity Monastery, with over 200 visitors.
Sonoran Bumblebee (Bombus sonorus) diving into a native thistle for nectar and pollen.
The Thicket Patch restoration site greening up with native grasses, bushes and new plants. Off in the distance is Cerro San Jose, a Sky Island in Mexico.
Borderlands Restoration and PoCo collecting native plant seeds for propagation and planting in local areas needing restoration after wildfires or flooding.
A beautiful sphinx moth caterpillar feeding on different native plants.
PoCo volunteers planting the first of over 100 native trees, shrubs and forbs among the native bunch grasses.
Many Skippers nectaring on Nodding Milkweed (Asclepias elata).
Three more species of milkweed plants (Arizona, Horsetail and Broad-leaf) added to the Thicket Patch for Monarch monitoring and seed collection.
Karen and Steve Plath of Gila Watershed Partnership survey an area of the Thicket Patch to grow 75 milkweed plants from Southwest Monarch Study for their research on Monarch-favored milkweed species.
Arizona Milkweed (Asclepias angustifolia) growing wild on Fort Huachuca, Arizona at 6000 foot elevation. This milkweed readily grows by seed, is easily transplanted, is a preferred Monarch host plant, and provides abundant nectar for many pollinators including butterflies, bees, wasps and flies.
Look for this sign as we're in the field collecting native plant seeds.
A bird bath with irrigation tube providing fresh water, with floating solar bubbler, provides water for birds and insects.
Seeds are so intricate and beautiful!
Several bees are gathering nectar and pollen (while unknowingly pollinating) this native Mojave Milkweed (Asclepias nyctaginifolia).
The Thicket Patch sign identifying the one acre restoration site.