Help native pollinators in Patagonia! August 16-18, 2013

Posted on August 16, 2013 by admin in Uncategorized

If you go gaga for butterflies, bats or hummingbirds, this is your time to shine. Modern conveniences make our lives pretty cushy but are our native pollinators also getting the food, water and shelter they need to thrive? Sky Island Alliance, along with partners Borderland Habitat Restoration Initiative, Bureau of Land Management, and Deep Dirt Farm Institute are doing something about it, planting hundreds of desert willow, penstemon and other showy natives that will provide vital nectar resources for insects, bats and birds.

RSVP to Christopher Morris at or 520-624-7080, ext. 24.

Visit the websites of our partners:
Borderlands Habitat Restoration Initiative:
Deep Dirt Farm Insitute:

Click here to view an amazing short film “The Hidden Beauty of Pollination” via

• The diversity of native plants in the Sky Islands contributes to the region’s beauty as well as provides critical resources for a wide variety of wildlife, including the birds, bats, and insects that many of them depend on for pollination services. As the climate in southern Arizona changes, these relationships may become interrupted as plants respond by blooming at different times or shifting their distribution to different microclimates.
• The plants, grown at Deep Dirt Farm Nursery, will be tracked for survival and pollinator use, which will inform future restoration efforts aimed at maintaining and restoring pollinator-plant relationships and movement corridors.
• We will be capitalizing on the monsoon rains and water harvesting basins to help establish these plantings, which will not be irrigated.
• Google Map Link:


• FRIDAY: Meet at Corral Canyon Campground (see directions below). The entrance will be marked with our green SIA arrow signs to guide you to the right spot. SIA staff will arrive by 5pm and our field cell phone number is 520-369-1592. Be aware that phone reception in many filed locations is poor. Friday evening will be a chance to set up camp, socialize, and explore.
• SATURDAY: We will leave camp at 7:30 to arrive at the work site. Staff from the Borderlands Restoration Habitat Initiative and Deep Dirt Farm Institute will give us an overview of the project history and goals. We will be planting one-gallon sized container plants, so be prepared for digging holes and carrying buckets of water. We’ll eat lunch in the field (everyone will bring their own) and wrap up in the late afternoon and return to camp with plenty of daylight left to explore the area.
• SUNDAY: We will leave camp at 7:30 to arrive at the work site, and get started right away where we left off on Saturday. We’ll eat lunch in the field again, and return to break camp in time for an estimated 2pm departure back to Tucson.
• This work is a moderately-rated activity, as well will be digging in hot and exposed conditions.
• Length of work day: approximately 8 hours on Saturday and 5 hours on Sunday.
• Work sites will be located a short drive from our camp location. We may need to ask volunteers to help with carpooling.
• Expected jobs to be performed include digging holes and water harvesting basins, installing plants, and watering plants.
• This trip involves hot weather with the potential for thunderstorms.
• Tools will be provided by SIA and will include shovels, hand trowels, and buckets. SIA will also provide work gloves for use.
• Vehicle notes – high clearance vehicles are recommended but not 100% necessary for this trip.
• From Tucson:

• 1. Take Take Interstate-10 East toward El Paso
• 2. Take Exit 281 to merge onto AZ Highway 83/Sonoita Highway toward Sonoita
• 3. Follow Highway 83 south 25.5 miles
• 4. Turn right onto AZ Highway 82
• 5. Follow Highway 82 west 12.6 miles to Patagonia, AZ (We highly recommend a visit to the Gathering Grounds coffee shop if you need to stop for lunch!)

• Upon entering Patagonia (while heading SW on Hwy 82):
• 1. After you cross Sonoita Creek, take your first LEFT (Taylor Ave.). You’ll see the post office.
• 2. Turn LEFT onto Mc Keown Ave, which quickly becomes Harshaw Road
• 4. Follow Harshaw Road and take this paved road up approximately 6 miles
• 5. Continue with a LEFT turn onto San Rafael Valley Road at the elbow (a well maintained dirt road) and then a slight RIGHT at the junction with Harshaw Creek Rd.
• 6. Continue straight on San Rafael Valley Rd approximately 2 miles. The campsite at Corral Canyon will be on your right and we’ll have our last green SIA arrow here. We will be camping just minutes away from Deep Dirt Farm, our work site for the weekend.

• Camp gear (tent, sleeping bag and pad, flashlight, etc) for up to 2 nights.
• Enough personal food and water for a minimum of five meals.
• Please plan to wear closed-toes shoes and long pants for working, and be sure to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, and eye protection.
• Volunteer Agreement/Waiver – if they have not submitted electronically or do not have on file (only needs to be filled our once in a calendar year): 2013 updated SIA volunteer waiver
• Tools, basic camp kitchen set-up, firewood, extra water, cameras, GPS, data sheets, maps
• Instruction/guidance, orientation
• This trip will be led by Carianne Campbell and/or Christopher Morris.
• No dogs allowed on this outing.
• Water is not available on site, so plan to bring a little more than you normally use.
• SIA highly encourages carpooling and caravanning to the meeting site. We will have spots open in our truck for volunteers on a first come, first-served basis.
• Youth 13 – 17 years old are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

• Please RSVP to Christopher Morris at or 520-624-7080 ext. 24 to sign up.

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    The mission of Borderlands Restoration is to reconnect wildlife, land, and people in the Arizona/Sonora Borderland region by involving people in restoring the ecosystem on which we depend.

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    PO Box 1191
    299 McKeown Ave, Suite #3
    Patagonia, AZ 85624

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