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Planting at Camp Rucker Ponds
September 9, 2016, 1:00 pm - September 11, 2016, 5:00 pmFree
Create Habitat for Frogs, Bats, and Native Pollinators in the
Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11, 2016
Join us for a weekend of camping in Rucker Canyon, on the west side of the Chiricahua Mountains, at just under 6,000 feet in elevation. Unlike other recent trips to the canyon, we will actually be camping, NOT staying at the nearby station! We will be installing more native plants as we continue our work at the historic cavalry camp where we have created three ponds that will one day support Chiricahua leopard frogs, as well as the bats, toads, dragonflies, and various native pollinator species that are already calling these ponds home. This trip is free of charge and no experience is necessary.
The Chiricahua Mountains are a large Sky Island located in the very southeastern corner of Arizona and rise 6,000 feet above the surrounding desert grasslands. We worked with the Coronado National Forest, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Natural Channel Design, and Borderlands Restoration to create breeding habitat for threatened Chiricahua leopard frogs that will soon be released here, as well as open water that is accessible for the 21 species of bats that occur in the Chiricahua Mountains. In addition, we will supplement the already impressive array of native plants by installing additional milkweeds for monarch butterflies, as well as plants that provide resources for other butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, and more.
Friday, 1:00 pm: Meet SIA staff at OUR NEW OFFICE – 406 S. 4th Avenue (at the corner of 14th in Armory Park). If you will be meeting us at the campsite, you can join us at the Rucker Canyon Campground (AKA Walnut Grove Campground on googlemaps) – look for the green “SIA” sign. A detailed map/directions will be sent when the time approaches. We will have access to bathrooms at the campground.
Saturday, 8:00 am: Early breakfast and a rundown of the day’s activities. We’ll then caravan in appropriate vehicles to Camp Rucker, where we will work for the day.
Sunday, 8:00 am: Continue work through the early afternoon, then pack up and head home. We will try and be back to Tucson around 5pm.
The purpose of our weekend will be to plant native species that will be especially beneficial to pollinators, and also to the frogs and bats that will call this site home. We will be working to help restore the site to a functioning habitat as soon as possible.
CAMP LOCATION & DIRECTIONS (From Tucson)
Directions: Detailed driving directions will be sent to all registrants ahead of the event. All roads to the campsite are suitable for passenger vehicles.
Carpooling is encouraged: SIA will have 1-2 spots in our vehicle for volunteers to tag along, and we are able to caravan.
WHAT TO BRING
All tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, stoves, etc. that you might bring on any normal car camping trip. We will have access to bathrooms at the camping site.
Six meals plus snacks. Drinking water is NOT AVAILABLE at the camping site, please bring enough water for the weekend (at least a gallon per day).
Sturdy footwear (ex. hiking boots, sandals) plus clothing for sunny and hot, and wet and cold weather, binoculars, field guides, etc.
PROVIDED BY SIA
Tools, basic camp kitchen set-up including stoves, firewood for camp fire, extra water, cameras, GPS, data sheets, maps.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the trip. Please let us know ahead of time if you are planning to bring your dog.
Our campsite is fully accessible to campers/large trailers.
This is a family – friendly trip. Please let us know ages of any minors who will be joining.