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March Ecoflora Challenge | Wildflower Wonders

March Ecoflora Challenge | Wildflower Wonders

Join the March EcoQuest: Wildflower Wonders. Find and map as many wildflowers as possible. Wildflower season is a cherished phenomenon in the Sonoran Desert. Blanketing the desert floor with impressive shapes and colors, these ephemeral wonders have specific...

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Is the Current Drought Our Only Water Supply Problem?

Is the Current Drought Our Only Water Supply Problem?

This article ran in the Winter 2019 Sonoran Quarterly issue   Paul HirtSenior Sustainability Scholer, Arizona State University   If you were in Arizona this past summer, you may have experienced what some now call our "nonsoon" season—no monsoon. In 2019,...

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REDUCE YOUR WATER FOOTPRINT

REDUCE YOUR WATER FOOTPRINT

This article ran in the Winter 2019 Sonoran Quarterly issue One of the most frequently asked questions that the Garden receives is related to water and how it is used. Reducing the Garden's water footprint and ensuring the plants the team is entrusted to care for are...

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Plant A Tree, Save the Earth

Plant A Tree, Save the Earth

Plants Can Save the World With the climate in slow but steady shift, and temperatures in Phoenix breaking records year after year, many are wondering how residents can adapt to broad scale and adverse changes in our world. While some attempt to prevent, others...

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A Backstop to Extinction

A Backstop to Extinction

This article ran in the Winter 2019 Sonoran Quarterly issue Those infatuated with the Sonoran Desert recall the allure of towering saguaros, the herbal smell of creosote and verdant trunks of palo verde trees. The unfortunate truth is that this fragile biodiversity is...

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Too Hot, Even for Monarchs

Too Hot, Even for Monarchs

Lack of rain and hotter weather lead to record low butterfly season The monarch butterfly population is in decline. Due to their magnificent migration, almost all US monarchs are in a few locations during the winter, allowing biologists to count and estimate the...

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