Mark L. Johnson
Zoom Or Bloom?
Coulter's Lupine-Upper Javelina Trail
Tired of COVID-19 Zoom calls? Time to get out for a hike and see the wildflowers. The Bloom has started. See Coulter's Lupine above and collage of wildflower photos (below) taken this morning along the Upper Javelina Trail. Invigorating!
Barbed-Wire Fence Removal-3
Thanks to everyone that volunteered to remove barbed-wire fencing near Three Points in Avra Valley, March 10-12. This work will ensure that wildlife can move freely between Tucson Mountain Park, Saguaro National Park, Ironwood Forest National Monument, and the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Over 4-miles of fencing has been removed since December 2021. Fence posts will be recycled and have been donated to the Town of Marana to be utilized for the wildlife-friendly fencing of the western portion of the Tortolita Preserve!
Invasive Grasses-Wildfire Danger
As previously reported, the invasive grass expansion in the Tortolita Mountains is prolific due to last summer's monsoonal rains. This includes buffelgrass and soft feather pappusgrass.
Reducing the amount of invasive grass is critical to protect saguaro and other native plants from potential wildfire impacts.
TA Member Stan Ross is doing a fabulous job pulling and spraying invasive grass species in the Tortolita's. But he cannot do it alone. Contact TA and we will put you in touch with Stan if you want to help.
You can also volunteer for buffelgrass pulls at the Desert Museum or Tucson Clean & Beautiful.
Wildflowers-Upper Javelina Trail-Left To Right & Down
desert goldenpoppy, desert wishbone, bluedick, brittlebush, suncup, blue phacelia, unidentified cream-colored wildflower, desert wishbone & common fiddleneck