News and Recent Publications

Tom Orum and Nancy Ferguson’s long-term saguaro study is featured on the Arizona Sonora News Service. The Sweetwater Center founders and board members have monitored the charismatic megaflora for nearly 40 years. Journalist Ava Garcia writes that the couple celebrates each discovery of a new young saguaro with a milkshake–which amounted to dozens of the sweet treats per year in the 1980s. Nancy and Tom published findings from the 75-year long study in 2016.

Tinker, inventor, and gadget guru David Parsons installed a weather station at El Potrero. You can check the weather in our world here on our home page and on Wunderground. David’s El Potrero station is nearer the river and lower than the Cascabel Wunderground station. Cold air drainage at El Potrero briefly pushes the temperature lower than surrounding areas in early morning.


The first videos of our Cascabel Native Grass Project is available now on YouTube. Woody Hume, Saguaro Juniper herd manager, is your tour guide to the native grass seeding we’re developing with Saguaro Juniper.