Volunteers head out to a restoration project.

Live trapping for small mammals.

Schedule of Projects and Events

Below are opportunities available to volunteers. Please contact McDowell Sonoran Field Institute manager Melanie Tluczek here for more details. Be sure to check in frequently for updates.

Updated July 29, 2016.


September 7:  Butterfly Identification Workshop; 5:30pm; Mustang Library

Join Dr. Ron Rutowski, butterfly expert and professor at ASU, to learn how to identify and count butterflies common to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This workshop, presented by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute, is designed to prepare volunteers to participate in the Preserve butterfly count, but all are welcomed to come and learn! For more information or to register, contact citizen_science@mcdowellsonoran.org

September 17:  Butterfly Survey     Event is FULL

This 3rd annual butterfly count is an important event to help us learn about the diversity and abundance of species found in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Be part of a team of citizen scientists and volunteers that survey these beautiful creatures. All participants must attend the Butterfly Identification Workshop on September 7. Space is limited. There is a $3 participation fee which goes to the North American Butterfly Association which coordinates this national event. Please contact citizen_science@mcdowellsonoran.org to participate.


October 20:  Citizen Science 101, 6-8:00pm, TBD

This class in an introduction to the Citizen Science Program and a basic training to become a Field Institute citizen scientist. Contact citizen_ science@mcdowellsonoran.org to register or for more information.

October 29: Phenology workshop, 1 - 3pm, Scottsdale Community College SL110

Learn how to properly watch for and document the year-round changes of several species of desert plants. LoriAnne Barnett from USA National Phenology Network will be teaching. Contact citizen_science@mcdowellsonoran.org for more information and to RSVP.