Blooms and Butterflies Hike (Registration Required, Limit 20 Participants)

Friday, April 05, 2024
08:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Cave Creek Regional Park
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ 85331

(602) 506-2930 ext 8

Join Ranger Nikki on a 3-mile easy/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 will be approx. 3 miles out-and-back on Slate and part of Flume Trails, rated as easy to moderate terrain. The trail surface ranges from smooth and level to rocky and uneven. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring snacks and plenty of water. Bring a phone, camera or notebook to log your observations. Restrooms and water are available at Slate Trailhead.

*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: Slate Trailhead on Tonalite Drive.

Limit 20 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 Wednesday, April 3.

We invite everyone 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 naturalist using only your phone or camera to record nature wherever you go! For more info, check out http://www.citynaturechallenge.org.

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