Four midweek excursions will be run on Wednesday, May 15. They have the following important details:
University of Arizona
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
May 15, 2013
1:00 PM – 8:30 PM
- They will run from 1:00 PM to about 8:30 PM, returning to Tucson just after dark.
- They are included in the AmeriDendro conference fee; everyone should go on one.
- Companions (e.g., spouses, dependents) may attend these trips, for an additional cost of $30.
- They include a box dinner plus snacks and water.
- Space on each trip will be limited to 36 participants.
- Major highlights of these excursions are the following:
Mt. Lemmon Highway (red line): One of America's best single-day natural history tours, the Mt. Lemmon Highway traverses 6500 feet (2000 m) of elevation with very little driving. Stops will be made to see multiple different forest ecosystem types. Dendrochronology projects will be visited, and wildland fire management will be featured.
Mt. Lemmon pine forest
Aspen burn area
Biosphere 2 and Hohokam Archaeology (blue line): One of the world's most interesting scientific installations, the UA Biosphere 2 is truly unique as a building and as a research center. Our tour of the UA Biosphere 2 will include going inside. Then, Catalina State Park has the Romero Ruin, a classic period Hohokam surface pueblo, and a bosque of mesquite, one of the more important tree species of the Sonoran desert. Owls are possible at dusk.
UA Biosphere 2
Romero Ruin ballcourt
Sonoran Desert and Rock Art (purple line): The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is world-renowned for its collection and interpretation of flora and fauna of one of the world's most diverse and productive deserts, the Sonoran Desert. Then, within Saguaro National Park a rock art site known as Signal Hill, with petroglyphs from Hohokam Culture, will be visited.
San Xavier Mission and Madrean Woodland (green line): The San Xavier Mission is a prime example of Spanish Mission architecture, and it serves as a focal point for discussion of the Spanish Entrada into the American Southwest. Then, the Santa Rita Experiment Station, the oldest experiment station in the US, has an extensive history of environmental research. Lastly, Madera Canyon is a popular respite from the heat and a classic Madrean Mixed Woodland, complete with active bird feeders and perhaps owls at dusk.
San Xavier Mission
Santa Rita Experiment Station
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