The Alliance Insider
In this Issue: All Partners Meeting updates, Conservation Award Winner and more
Present Your Work at the All-Partners!
During this year’s All-Partners Meeting we want to hear from you about the great work, research, and projects that you have all been making progress on since we last met.

If you are willing to present a 5 minute update during a lighting round, please fill out the Google form in the link below. Depending on the amount of requests, we will do our best to accommodate all. We look forward to coming together next spring!
Progress and Updates
See what CAZCA has been up to:
Volunteers from AZ Columbine Garden Club onsite caring for seedlings.
The Sonoran Insider Ambassadors at launch event Sat. Dec. 7 with NFF and Forest Service.
Sonoran Seed Collaborative
We are working with the AZ Columbine Garden Club , the Tovrea Carraro Society , and the Arizona Native Plant Society to study best practices for native plant material development for Maricopa county. Plants and data produced will be used for future restoration projects on public lands, parks and preserves in Central Arizona. Visit

Sonoran Insiders Ambassador Program
While social media has been in the news for its negative impacts on the environment throughout 2019, there are many responsible social media influencers looking for opportunities to give back to nature.

Together with the National Forest Foundation and U.S. Forest Service this program will provide influencers with tools to leverage their audiences for the good of open spaces. Visit

Buffelgrass Blues
The Buffelgrass Blues pilot is coming to a close, as we start to gather feedback from partners and community members involved. Now, we are looking at new opportunities in the near future that will allow us to expand and continue the regional work around invasive species.
Conservation Celebration Award Winner
A big congratulations to Maxine Larkin for being awarded the 2019 Conservation Award by Desert Botanical Garden ! Her resiliency, passion and strength helped secure access to natural, open spaces for future generations of Phoenix residents. She was instrumental in protecting the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve and Camelback Mountain. We are honored to celebrate a champion of conservation like Maxine.

And a big thank you to City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego for her wonderful remarks, and the other elected officials for attending the luncheon.Thanks for joining us and we hope to see you again next year!
Upcoming Events
CAZCA Speaker Series

Using 50 wildlife cameras Jesse Lewis, Assistant Professor at ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts studied how urbanization changed the lives of wildlife like coyotes and javelina. Join us on January 24th as we explore how local wildlife has responded to our growing cities season by season, and how we could potentially map their preferred habitats and activities.
Promote your Events with Us

Is there an event you need help promoting or recruiting for? We can help! If you take a few minutes to fill out our Google form (which formats all of your event information for our website), we will post your event on our website and social media. We can also share your largest events in this newsletter!
Desert Defenders Program

Join our citizen science program to identify, map and remove invasive plants in Maricopa County parks. We are working with Maricopa County Parks and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy on this regional effort, and your first step to becoming a defender is training to use the Collector App to produce data on the location of invasive plants in our parks.