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What Really Covers the Desert- Little Organisms Can Make a Big Difference!

07/15/2015 - 05:30PM

Location: Mustang Library

MSC Natural History Summer Series: Some of the most common sights in the desert - and indeed the living things that probably cover more of the desert than any single kind of plant - are lichen, desert varnish, and soil crust. These organisms actually have much in common. Among other things, they're all alive (yes, even varnish), they have some components that are neither plants nor animals, and living filaments are crucial to their existence. Come learn more!  Read more...

Citizen Science: Human Trail Count

07/18/2015 - 06:30AM

Location: TBD

Help us count the number of boots, bikes and hooves out on the MSFI research trails! This fun, 2-hour activity occurs every 3rd Saturday of the month and provides us information we need to understand how our trails are being used  Read more...

Summer Survivor Series - Prior city politics and planning in Scottsdale leading up to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

07/28/2015 - 05:30PM

Location: Mustang Library

Don Hadder, a longtime city planner with Scottsdale before retiring in 2014, will focus on the events, politics and economics that influenced mountain preservation decisions in Scottsdale before the Preserve was created.  Read more...

MSFI Leadership and Support Team meeting

07/29/2015 - 04:00PM

Location: MSC office

Monthly planning meeting for Citizen Science program leadership. 

Citizen Science: Human Trail Count

08/15/2015 - 06:30AM


Enjoy a morning in the Preserve collecting important research data. The Field Institute is coordinating an effort to count the numbers of hikers, bikers and equestrians along our study trails. No special training needed to participate.  Read more...

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