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Message to the Membership
March 16, 2021

As the winter season in Ajo lapses into spring, the Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association has engaged in a limited amount of our usual activities, most of which have been curtailed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, which is still quite active in Arizona.

However, the CPNHA Annual Photo Show is now up in the Ajo Plaza Gallery Atrium, and will be there throughout the month of March. I urge you to go see it, there are some great photos. And new this year, the Gallery Atrium has been painted a neutral gray color that really makes the photographs in the show pop. Consider giving the photographers and the Photo Show Committee your feedback in the comment box provided in the Atrium.

We have been operating the CPNHA portable bookstore in the Plaza on alternating Saturdays. The next bookstore will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Plaza on March 20, this coming Saturday. We have new books on gardening in the desert with native plants and trees, and 10 new baseball cap designs featuring your favorite Sonoran Desert plants and animals, along with the usual generous variety of natural history books on diverse subjects. Proceeds from bookstore sales will hopefully be used next winter to pay for costs of getting speakers to Ajo for our Spring 2022 Natural History Lecture Series.

One other bookstore item to note: it became apparent that the popular guide to the Camino del Diablo which we stock has become outdated as a result of intense use and abuse of that roadway during construction of the border wall. I viewed the damage personally in March 2020 and again just a few weeks ago. Sadly, this historic little desert two-track road that wanders through miles of declared wilderness in the Cabeza Prieta NWR, and the western BMGR, is now essentially an unpaved highway from near Tule Well westward. Roger McManus of Friends of the Sonoran Desert joined me in late February for a closer look at the desecration, and it is not a pretty sight. As a result, the section of the Camino guide book addressing the western end of the road will need to be revised. Roger was one of the original authors of the guide and is taking the lead on editing the revisions.

Finally, you may want to take a look at the "Members' Stories", below. Board Member Bill Perry has penned a couple of short articles that I think you would find interesting.

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