Why should I join the Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association?
If you enjoy any or all aspects of the desert and want to learn more about them, that is reason enough. However, if you feel like you would want to contribute to ongoing and future activities and projects by being a participant and or volunteer, that is all the more reason.
Activities and Projects In Need of Volunteers and Participants
- Lecture series: Setting up the lecture series requires someone to contact potential speakers and confirm their subject and date. Volunteers are needed to help move chairs and tables and bring visual materials, if needed, to the meeting place. Members can help by suggesting topics and assisting with publicizing.
- Visitor Center Bookstore:The CPNHA has established a bookstore in the CPNWR Visitor Center which offers materials of an educational and interpretative nature related to the Sonoran Desert. Member volunteers involved in all phases of the operation of the store are needed. Members themselves are encouraged to create materials as fits their individual talents.
- Childs Mountain tours: Members can help by serving as gatekeepers and docents to explain what is seen and answer questions.
- Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts: Most of the participants in the two area Christmas Bird Counts (Ajo/Cabeza Prieta and Sierra Pinta) are Association Members. Members assist each other and non-member participants with techniques and bird identification.
- Members may assist Refuge personnel with setting up and conducting the bird counts.
- Members participate in and help others participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Birdwatching enthusiasts in the Association have the opportunity to assist Ajo area elementary school children in taking part in this "hands on" scientific project.
- The Sonoran Shindig is an annual festival celebrating the Sonoran Desert and providing educational and interpretative displays. Association members, in addition to setting up their own booth, provide assistance in planning and general set-up and can be called upon to provide some financial assistance for educational displays.
- Members of the Association often serve as volunteers for various maintenance projects on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. These have included trimming branches along the road, removing weeds, and clean-ups.
- The Association cooperates with the Ajo Garden Club and the International Sonoran Desert Alliance in establishing and maintaining pollinator gardens on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge grounds and elsewhere in Ajo. These gardens are educational projects demonstrating the establishment of low-water use, bird and other pollinator-attractive native desert plants for landscaping. Programs are put on to help individuals who want to set up their own gardens.
Future Projects and Activities
- Public Field Trips and Workshops: The CPNHA plans to begin offering field trips or workshops to the public. These would include all desert topics and be led by people knowledgeable in their field. Some of these leaders could be CPNHA members. Meals in the field and transportation would be provided by members.
- Nature trail/interpretive Center: Members will have the opportunity to help establish plants and help design, create and install interpretive and educational signs. These would be placed along nature trails near the CPNWR Visitor Center.
Membership in The Association Is Open to Everyone
Basic dues: $10 per person.
Here is a mail-in Membership Application.
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