Field Notes

Aravaipa Canyon Vinca Removal: February

February 28, 2020

Come join us February 28th to March 1st in Aravaipa Canyon Preserve! TO REGISTER CLICK HERE! THE WORK: Sky Island Alliance has been helping The Nature Conservancy in Aravaipa Canyon for several years on a variety of projects to increase watershed health along this perennial riparian area. Recently we’ve been working on addressing the threat…
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Aravaipa Canyon Vinca Removal: Jan 31 – Feb 2

January 31, 2020

Come join us January 31st to February 2nd in Aravaipa Canyon Preserve! TO REGISTER CLICK HERE! THE WORK: Sky Island Alliance has been helping The Nature Conservancy in Aravaipa Canyon for several years on a variety of projects to increase watershed health along this perennial riparian area. Recently we’ve been working on addressing the threat…
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Hardworking volunteers removed vinca from Aravaipa Canyon!

November 14, 2019

A huge thank you to the volunteers who came with us to the Aravaipa Canyon Preserve this past weekend to help remove invasive periwinkle (Vinca major) from the canyon.  Our small, but hard working group worked in two parts of the Aravaipa preserve. Our first location was part of an ongoing study to test what…
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Vinca in Aravaipa Canyon

November 7, 2019

Periwinkle (Vinca major) Greater periwinkle (Vinca major) is a flowering vine native to the Mediterranean and is popular in homes and gardens for its attractive purple flowers. While it looks nice in your backyard, vinca is an aggressive invasive species if it’s accidentally introduced into the right areas.  In Arizona, vinca spread from homes and…
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Aravaipa Canyon Restoration

July 24, 2015

During this trip we are continuing a new task in Aravaipa Canyon – removing an invasive plant called vinca (or periwinkle) from the understory of the creek banks. This will require digging and fastidious removal of root material, with tools provided by Sky Island Alliance. We’ll be bending, digging, and getting dirty. We will also be installing native plants in previously cleared areas to improve pollinator habitat.