President's Message to the Membership
February 21, 2022
Hola Amigos del Desierto! Time for another update on pending
CPNHA activities and save-the-date items.
SONORAN DESERT PHOTO SHOW
We need your Sonoran Desert photos folks! A gentle reminder
that the deadline for submissions for the Cabeza Prieta Natural
History Association's Sonoran Desert Photo Show is rapidly
approaching. Photo submissions must be turned in to the Ajo
Chamber of Commerce office in the Ajo Plaza by March 2 at 3:00
p.m. Entry forms, with rules, are available at the Ajo Chamber of
Commerce office, the Copper News, and at the Art Under the Arches
Gallery in the Plaza. Participants may also obtain entry forms by
sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or to
Photos must be mounted on foam board. CPNHA has a supply of
20"x30" foam board sheets (email me), and you can also purchase
them at the Art Under the Arches Gift Shop at the Ajo Plaza (across
the atrium from the AUA Gallery), $1.50 for a 20"x30" sheet. We will
also have foam board for sale at our next bookstore date in the Ajo
Plaza: this coming Saturday, March 26.
You can get prints made online at sites like Walmart's photo page:
Just follow the prompts and specify home delivery. Takes about 5
minutes to complete an order. An 8x10 I did cost $5.38 including
shipping. Costco has a similar service (I was charged $1.80 for an
8x10) and there are many other online photo processors that will turn
your photo file into a print and mail it to you. You need to get started
though, it takes about a week or a little more to get your photo in the
mail. Time is of the essence.
The soft opening for the Photo Show is on March 5 at the Art Under
the Arches Atrium, and an opening reception is scheduled for the
evening of March 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Note we changed the
reception to begin at 6:00 p.m. instead of 5:30 p.m., to accomodate
the Sonoran Symposium's meal schedule). AUA will sell wine and
beer at the opening. Photos will be up for the rest of March.
Photographers this year may choose to sell their photos as well,
although all photos must remain up for the duration of the show. At
last year's Photo Show photographers actually sold a good number
of photos, so it's something to consider.
Stay tuned for a pop-up field trip in the coming weeks. Vikki Jackson
plans to lead an Ajo "Bat Walk" when the weather warms up a bit.
Also, our "Night Walk" with Pinau Merlin on February 24 has been
rescheduled for March 28, as the weather forecast is looking a little
grim with a low of 37 degrees the night of 2/24. The folks who signed
up for this hike on February 24 have first preference for the new date.
But if there are cancellations I am maintaining a waiting list, please
email me if you want to be on the waiting list for the March 28 Night
We will meet at the northwest corner of Olson's parking lot at 6:15
pm on March 28; bring binoculars, hiking poles, and flashlights,
preferably with a red lens (Pinau will have red cellophane also if you
don't have a red lens on your flashlight). And bring an extra layer too!.
SEVENTH TRI-NATIONAL SONORAN SYMPOSIUM 2022
March 7-10, at the Curley School in Ajo. At last count there were still
tickets left, you can make your purchase and get registered at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-tri-national-symposiumcelebrating-the-sonoran-desert-tickets-181422699177
Note that you can buy one day tickets if you don't want to attend
every day. You can also get the Zoom option if you don't want to
attend in person.
Ticket numbers are limited this year as a Covid precaution. The
organizers anticipate other protocols for a safe presentation,
including limiting the number of folks per room, good ventilation,
proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for the virus, and masks
in enclosed spaces.
CPNHA will sponsor a panel discussion at the Symposium about the
unfortunate changes to the west end of the Camino del Diablo while
the border wall was being built: March 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the Curley
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED MARCH 8-10
We are seeking volunteers to help at the upcoming Seventh Tri-
National Sonoran Symposium: "Celebrating the Sonoran Desert,"
Board Vice-President Tom Cope is the CPNHA Volunteer
Coordinator for the Symposium, contact him at:
Phone: (650) 722-8414
Please connect with Tom Cope if you'd like to volunteer. We
appreciate your help.
Volunteer monitors are needed at the Symposium. A monitor's main
function is to introduce the speaker for a given presentation, and to
keep an eye on the number of folks in the room (there will be a limit
this year, I believe it will be 30 per classroom). Monitors also keep an
eye on the time, as speakers are limited to specific time slots.
Monitors may also help troubleshoot if there is a problem with audiovisual
equipment (training provided). Monitors are the connection in
the classrooms between the presenter and ISDA. They are an important part of getting presentations rolling in a timely fashion.
There will be a training session for monitors put on by ISDA on
March 3 at 10:00 a.m., it will be about an hour.
We also need volunteers to man the CPNHA bookstore at the
Symposium, which will be up and running March 8, 9, and the
morning of March 10. This is one of our bigger fundraisers. It is also
helpful for the Symposium as we have agreed to sell the books of any
presenters at the conference who would like to do that. Sign up for
one hour or more, your choice. The main job of bookstore staff is to
facilitate sales to customers. We can provide on the job training for
that, it's pretty simple.
Volunteers must have proof of Covid vaccination, or of a negative test
for Covid within the last 48 hours (rapid tests accepted), and wear
CAMINO DEL DIABLO TRIP MARCH 16-18
The Board has scheduled a three-day, two-night excursion on the
famed Camino del Diablo, using the Ajo to Wellton route: March
16-18. Aside from the usual stirring sights like the Pinta Sands, the
lava flow, Tule Tank, and Tinajas Altas, we will also view the damage
to the Camino resulting from intense use on the western end due to
construction of the border wall, and other security measures along
the border. Limited to 14 people, provided you are willing to double
or triple up in vehicles. Trying to hold it to 5 vehicles if possible.
Preference given to CPNHA members. Sign up by email, addressed
We will be maintaining a waiting list after the trip fills up, in case of
CPNHA POTLUCK MARCH 22
CPNHA will sponsor a potluck dinner in the desert on March 22, from
5 until ?? We haven't had a lot of chances to mingle in this season of
Covid virus; here's your chance to get caught up with your fellow
desert rats around a campfire with good food and company. If you
choose to camp overnight, all the better. Somewhere on the scenic
loop road, more information coming as we approach the date!
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