Blooms and Butterflies Hike (Registration Required, Limit 15 Participants)

Sunday, April 14, 2024
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
44000 N. Spur Cross Road
Cave Creek, AZ 85331

(602) 506-2930 ext 8

Join Ranger Nikki on a 2-mile moderate hike to look for flowering plant life and a variety of pollinators, including butterflies. Click program title for more details.
Ranger Nikki will lead you on a hike to look for cactus blooms, wildflowers and pollinators visiting flowers. Learn how to document your findings on the citizen science app, iNaturalist*, and how to join app-based local and worldwide biodiversity projects. We will also talk about the Parks Department butterfly monitoring initiative and you will receive an identification handout to help with your own observations. The route is approximately 2 miles total using Dragonfly Trail and paths on adjacent Jewel of the Creek Preserve. The trail is rated moderate with terrain varying from even to rocky and uneven. A short portion of dirt roadway will also be used. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring snacks and plenty of water (no water available at the Park). Bring a camera and notebook to log your observations. No water is available at the Park. Portable restrooms are available at the trailhead, approx.1/4 mile from the parking lot.
*If you would like to learn how to document via iNaturalist, please download the free app at home and register with a username prior to arrival.
MEETING LOCATION: Spur Cross parking lot at metal sculpture
*Please note: Entry to Spur Cross Conservation Area is $3 per person. Annual Pass or CASH are accepted, and exact change is appreciated. If the fee station past the parking lot is closed, the iron ranger self-pay station has envelopes in which to place your payment.
Limit 15 participants. To register, please call the Cave Creek Nature Center at 602-506-2930 ext. 8 with your name, phone number and number of people attending. If you find you cannot attend a program after you have registered, please call the Nature Center ASAP so we may contact those on the waiting list. Registration for this program will close on Friday, April 12.
Once you’re comfortable using the app, we invite you to return as a park citizen scientist on April 26-29 for the City Nature Challenge, an international effort that encourages all citizens to find and document plants and wildlife on iNaturalist in cities across the globe. This bioblitz-style competition challenges local communities to make the most observations in nature during this 4-day period, and then this data is available for science, management, and conservation. So this April 26-29, connect with your open spaces, your community, and other global naturalists using only your phone or camera to record nature wherever you go! For more info, check out www.citynaturechallenge.org.
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