News and Recent Publications

We’re delighted Francesca Claverie has joined our Board of Directors. She brings a wealth of knowledge and years of experience propagating native plants and mentoring volunteers. Francesca is nursery manager at Borderlands Restoration. Prior to coming to Arizona, she graduated from UC Davis with degrees in Native American Studies and International Agricultural Development. Learn more about our newest board member here. Welcome aboard, Francesca!

A Partners for Fish and Wildlife grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in August 2016 is helping Sweetwater Center restore wildlife habitat. We are establishing native grasses, milkweed, and pollinator plants and removing invasive exotic Malta star thistle on our private land.

Seventy-five years covers much of a human life, but only about half the life span of the average saguaro cactus. Sweetwater Center board members Tom Orum and Nancy Ferguson’s recent publication in the scientific journal PLoS One documents findings from 75 years of annual saguaro censuses at Saguaro National Park in Tucson. Nancy and Tom have spent over 35 years studying these plants, which grow only in our Sonoran Desert. Hear Don Swann, biologist at Saguaro National Park, talk about what we can learn from this long-term study.