Thursday, February 16, 2012

Help Audubon Arizona Plant Pollinator Garden

Help Audubon Arizona start planting the native pollinator garden! Through support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the City of Phoenix is participating in the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds. Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Arizona Audubon, and Birders without Barriers have teamed up to build a wheelchair friendly homeowner demonstration garden at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Project.

Work has been going on since September 17 and will continue until March 17 when the first section of the pollinator garden will be completed and the citizen scientists will begin monitoring the native activity. The next garden workday open to the public is Saturday February 18th from 8:00 am to noon. The workday is open to participants of all abilities ages 10 and up and no experience is necessary. The work includes digging holes, moving and planting plants on rough irregular terrain with a fair amount of slope. Cathy Wise from Audubon Arizona will give us an update on the Citizen Scientist program and training, so don't be late. The center is located at 3131 S. Central Ave, in the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area. To sign up to help, contact Cathy Wise at . 

Be sure to mark your calendars - Saturday March 17th join Audubon staff, volunteers, and the public for the garden dedication ceremony. We will get you more information on this event when available.

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