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Long-term Monitoring of Saguaros in Saguaro National Park: the First 80 Years

Wednesday, June 2, 6:00 pm MSTThe current time in the MST timezone is 6:28 am
Duration: 1 hour

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Don Swann will discuss the iconic saguaro cactus and the results of long-term research of this amazing plant in Saguaro National Park. Researchers from the park and University of Arizona have monitored saguaros on plots set up as long ago as 1941. These studies provide insight into the dynamics of the saguaro, its relationship to the environment, and how it may be responding to climate change. Don will also discuss saguaro flowering phenology and the relationship of saguaros and nurse trees.

Don Swann has been a biologist at Saguaro National Park for more than 25 years. He has degrees from Brown University in Rhode Island and the University of Arizona. Don has co-authored many papers on saguaros and wildlife based on research at the park. He is a member of the Science and Conservation Council for ASDM and the Board of Directors of Tucson Girls Chorus.

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