Desert Defenders

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The Desert Defenders program is a collaborative citizen science project between Maricopa County's regional parks and:

- Central Arizona  Conservation Alliance,
- White Tank Mountains Conservancy,
- McDowell Mountain Conservancy, and
- additional agencies.

The project allows citizen scientists to locate and map Invasive species, and then remove the desert invaders. The invasive species identified in the brochure are spreading throughout the desert landscape, including high-quality natural areas within the Maricopa County's regional parks.

The agencies are currently focusing on the most problematic desert invaders by using collector and/or field apps to can map invasive species in the parks.

The data collected is then used to help understand invasive species hot spots so the department's natural resource staff can strategically prioritize management efforts for removal.

To learn more about the Desert Defenders program, visit the Desert Defender website.

2023 Invasive Species Removal Events

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2023 Native Seed Harvesting Events

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2023 Seed Bomb Workshop and Deployment Events


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Deployment Events      
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