2019 Events and projects
Our 2019 projects and events will center around 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.
Karen and Mirna Manteca, Sky Island Alliance's Mexico Conservation Manager, discussing future collaborating projects. The Thicket Patch is about 3.5 miles north of Mexico -- we share the same pollinators.
The Thicket Patch covered in snow. We're hoping this wet winter will bring on the wildflowers!
Karen and volunteer Ken installing the Davis Weather station, which transmits data to NOAA, National Weather Station and Wunderground.
Winter is our time to process seeds. Volunteers collected seeds from over 70 species of plants in 2018. Native plant seeds are given to Borderlands Restoration's seed bank for local vegetation projects. In keeping with our mission of public outreach, annual flowering plant seeds to expand the nectar corridor are handed out to the community at events.
Kartchner Caverns, a state park of Arizona, invited PoCo to have an exhibit booth at their annual Earth Day festival. Volunteers handed out agave seeds to children (to grow food for our local nectar-feeding bats) and other flowering plants for all local pollinators. We always emphasize limiting pesticide use.