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2016 Southern AZ Wildflower Reports ‎

May 23, 2016 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: The ironwood trees are blooming nicely right now. This beautiful tree is actually made of wood that is denser that water, and will actually sink! The subtle purple flowers mean one thing- the lesser- long nosed bats should be arriving soon for their pollen feast.

May 17, 2016 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: The saguaros are blooming! While this photos was taken near the Kris Eggle Visitor Center, the saguaro can now be seen blooming all over the park. We are still seeing more buds than flowers, so the peak of the bloom is still a little ways off. -sb

April 13, 2016 Wesley Reports: Right now prickly pear plants are surrounded by occasional nice patches of a yellow and white flowering shrub which none of my guides identify, but which in good years permeates the desert off of Wentworth, Sahuarita and Houghton roads between New Tucson and Corona de Tucson. There are still enough palo verdes in bloom to provide a good backdrop.

In the next few weeks the seas of prickly pear surrounding Corona will begin to bloom, and the ocotillos at the Ocotillo Preserve to the east of South Houghton Rd south of Corona are in full flower, if not in full leaf, right now (note well, this is the otherwise unmarked environmentally sensitive land east of Houghton, not the off-limits neighborhood at the south end of Houghton). Recent rains on Thursday and today will preserve the bloom. Visit soon, this area is quickly being overrun by buffelgrass and development, but if you go, please respect property owners' rights as well as the environmentally sensitive lands at the preserve - stay in front of the fences and park safely off the roads. Photos were taken on 4/9/16.

 

April 13, 2016 Saguaro National Park Reports: Flower frenzy at the park! All of these flowers were spotted during a morning hike along Javelina wash which is in Rincon Mountain District(East).

April 7, 2016 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: One of the best times of the year is fast approaching- our saguaros are blooming! Come visit the park and check out these spectacular flowers!

April 1, 2016 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: Spring‬ heat sparks the ‪saguaros‬ to bloom, and once again they are ‪flowering‬ earlier than the previous year. The saguaros seem to keep up with our warming world, but can the pollinators?

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March 7, 2016 Nemo Reports: This spring is not a super wildflower season so far. You have to snoop around the places known for great flowers in previous years. This morning we found twenty different plants in bloom along the unmarked Alamo Canyon trail in Catalina State Park. Weather in Tucson has been exceptionally warm for late February and March, without any recent rain, so flowering is advanced but not abundant. For Alamo Canyon, park in Romero Ruins parking lot, then cross the road and keep slightly to the right after you cross the wash and head gradually upward toward the mountains. It’s roughly one hour each way to the tiny pools at the far end of the attractive hike, with most of the flowering in the first third of the distance. Early in the day is always best, with hat, water, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes, in addition to your desert wildflower guide and camera with closeup lens.





March 7, 2016 Margie Reports: Close to 50 species of flowers are in boom on the trails at Catalina State Park, north of Tucson. More open each day.









March 7, 2016 Brenda Reports: Very little in the way of a good blooming in Saguaro NP on either east/west side. No pictures because there’s so little happening. I’m traveling in the area for the next week and will let you know if things change.

March 7, 2016 Dave Reports: I had another great ride in southern AZ this weekend. These shots are from the Peloncillo mountains in Cochise county AZ. along the NM border.






remote road in Graham county.

Feb 18, 2016 Gal Reports: Shots from 2/14/16 in Greenlee county south eastern Arizona.





Feb 5, 2016 Saguaro National Park Reports: Thanks to the Beat Back Buffelgrass Day on January 23rd! An enthusiastic group of 24 volunteers (14 adults and 10 youth) came out to an area north of Picture Rocks Road on this beautiful Saturday morning. This group enthusiastically removed almost a half acre of buffelgrass on the south facing slope of Panther Peak. The event at Saguaro NP was one of 26 locations across the greater Tucson area where over 500 volunteers donated their time to reduce the threats buffelgrass by pulling out buffelgrass.

 


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