Monthly walks are usually on the 4th Sunday of each month and are announced via e-mail and in the newspaper. Unless otherwise announced, meet at the Arizona State Credit Union parking lot, southwest corner of Beaver and Butler at 8:30 a.m.
Come prepared with sun protection and/or rain protection, water, snacks, lunch, and a car or gas money for carpooling. For more information, email Barbara Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 928.853. 3355.
Tuesday, September 20The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico
Ron Coleman, Author and Orchid Researcher, will present his talk “The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico,” which is based on his 2002 book of the same name. Ron will discuss the orchid species that grow wild in Arizona and New Mexico,
covering blooming season, habitat, and distribution. Within the United States, several of these orchids are found only in Arizona and New Mexico.
Walk: To be determined.
Ron is a student of the native orchids of the United States, specializing in the wild orchids of the Southwest. He is the author of over 40 orchid articles that have appeared in the Orchids, The Orchid Digest, Fremontia, Selbyana, and Madrano. Two wild orchid species are named after him, and he has described two new taxa. Ron is the author of The Wild Orchids of California, published in 1995 and The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico, published in 2002. He co-authored the orchid treatment in Arizona Rare Plant Field Guide prepared by the Arizona Rare Plant Committee, and was co-author of two orchid genus treatments in the Flora of North America, Vol 2, published in 2002. Ron wrote major portions of the orchid treatment for the new Jepson Manual Flora of California published in 2012.
Tuesday, October 18
Scott Anderson, Natural Resource Manager.
Coconino County is a leader in the region for preservation of
open space. This was evident by the passage of a special tax in 2002 (CPOS) to buy and protect open space, greenways and parks. The special tax has now expired, large tracts of land have been protected, and now the County will need to decide if there is a will to continue this effort. Our first task will be to define our unique open space system. Next, we will need to explore methods to preserve our system. Scott’s presentation will explore future efforts and opportunities.
Walk: To be determined.
Scott has been working for Coconino County as the Natural Resource Manager for approximately 9 months. Prior to working in Flagstaff, Scott worked with the Riparian Institute and the Parks and Recreation Department in the Town of Gilbert, Arizona, for 13 years and managed the Gilbert Water Ranch riparian preserves. The preserves have been studied and copied by communities around the world seeking to be more sustainable.