McDowell Sonoran Preserve Research Symposium coming to Scottsdale

1023Ns Education (SCC Symposium)

The Center for Native and Urban Wildlife at Scottsdale Community College and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Field Institute are teaming up to present the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Research Symposium Oct. 24-25.

The event, to be held at Scottsdale Community College, will bring together researchers, students, citizens and community leaders to share and learn about scientific and historical research carried out within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and surrounding area.

In addition to promoting awareness of the preserve’s resources and the Sonoran Desert, the symposium will encourage networking among scientists, students and the public. Organizers also hope it triggers new research and collaborations that benefit the preserve and other parks and natural areas, according to a press release.

The symposium will be in the Science Lecture Building at SCC, 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale. It will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.

Presentations, posters, and biodiversity tours will be featured on Saturday and educational hikes to research sites in the preserve along with workshops and tours at SCC will be offered Sunday, the release stated.

Registration cost is $20, which includes a continental breakfast on Saturday and morning and afternoon refreshments. Student registration will be $10. To register, visit and go to “Latest News”.

For more information, contact Melanie Tluczek at or Ed Weigand at

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