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Tucson, AZ - "When it comes to climate change, all signs indicate that the Southwest will be among the hardest hit regions of the continent," notes Jonathan Overpeck, Professor of Geosciences and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona. "Everyone has a stake in finding out what the challenge will be, and what we can do about it." In its report National Parks In Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption, the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization named Saguaro National Park among the 25 parks most at risk.  

A symposium highlighting recent research in Saguaro National Park and the surrounding Sonoran Desert will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 9am to 4:30pm at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Warden Oasis Theatre). Read more... 

TUCSON, Ariz. (June 15, 2010)-Saguaro National Park, bordering Tucson, Ariz., has been named as the host site for the 2011 National Park Service/National Geographic BioBlitz, scheduled for Oct. 21 and 22, 2011. Part scientific endeavor, part festival and part outdoor classroom, BioBlitz is a two-day celebration of biodiversity centered on a 24-hour race to count species. During the BioBlitz, teams of scientists, school children and the general public work together to find and identify as many species as possible.  Read more...
Saguaro National Park is offering special programs this summer that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.  Come along on a naturalist-led evening walk in the park, or join a local expert for a presentation in one of our visitor centers.  Programs are offered at both the east and west districts.  Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply.  Program schedules are subject to change - call the visitor centers for schedule updates or for reservations. Read more...

How Might Climate Change affect Saguaro National Park?

October 2, 2010: Saguaro National Park invites you to a SYMPOSIUM for the public on how our desert may be responding to climate change!

 

The park plans to treat approximately 50 miles of roadway and 450 acres of wilderness in both the Tucson Mountains and Rincon Mountains during the next 3 months beginning in mid-July. No public closures are anticipated. An area is safe to enter as soon as the herbicide dries, which is about 30 minutes after application. A blue dye will be mixed with the spray to mark plants that have been treated. In the backcountry, water containers have been distributed by mules and helicopters for use by spray crews; if found please do not disturb. Read more...
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