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Ironwood Forest National Monument
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is one of many woody legumes found in washes and hillside drainages in the Sonoran Desert. It ranks among the most ecologically and economically important plant species in the region. Ironwood functions as a “nurse plant” and a “habitat-modifying keystone species” of benefit to many other species of flora and fauna. While Ironwood is not endangered or threatened, its populations dwindle annually over tens of thousands of square kilometers. Ironwood is nearly endemic to the Sonoran Desert (Turner et al. 1995). The species was first described in 1854 as the sole species of the genus Olneya by botanist Asa ...
You will learn about birds from bird experts, and you’ll also meet people with a passion for the Sonora Desert and nature. Why don’t you take along a picnic lunch? Or you can buy a hot dog if you’d rather. They’ll have a band there at lunch (A Ray of Hope) and you can relax and enjoy the music. But until then, there is a FULL schedule of cool events. You”ll want to arrive a wee bit early (like 8:00 AM). Rumor has it that Jim Dawson of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum will be over at the Tucson Audubon booth with a live raptor. Jim is the one in charge of the ... Read More