With the Wild Sonoran Women – Cohort 6 & Dave De Groot, March 7, 2023
Dave is a knowledgeable, humble guide. long way in, short way out easy 5.25 mile hike filled with treasures. Night blooming Arizona Queen of the Night. We eye-hunt for this special Snake Lily “stick” among hundreds of scattered dead sticks. Dana’s 35mm catches gilded flicker and a Battarreoides diguetii. Francesca and Merlin App identify rufous winged sparrow song. Fresh rabbit kill crimson splattered on rocks like a desert painting. Jan’s Picture This App captures Blue Dicks near cholla Cholla captures Jan Francesca combs out cholla. Chris retrieves a golf ball probably from the golf course that cut down saguaros that morning. Francesca carries out a bullet-riddled muffler. The Queen of the Night eludes us. Years old mountain lion latrine; Wait – Chris R finds fresher puma scat! iNaturalist it with a ruler. Dave tries to contain his excitement but it is okay; We are Pima County Master Naturalists we get excited and celebrate documenting tiny blooms scat and tracks and the beauty of friendship in the Sonoran Desert.
Written By Chris Robie and Inspired by Dave DeGroot, Jan Schwartz, Dana Hook, Chris Murphy, Francesca Ziemba. Photos by Chris Robie and Dana Hook.
Please join Dave at the Tortolita Preserve BioBlitz on April 15th and be prepared to fall in love with this treasure!
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