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Wildflower Tour to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
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Wildflower Tour to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
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This spring shows all the signs of being a banner wildflower year with a not-to-miss special show! We will meet bright and early at Tohono Chul where we will board a bus for spectacular Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the area around Ajo, AZ, a place known for its wildflowers and other unusual plants. We’ll stop along the way as flowers (Ajo lilies, owl clover, tackstem, chia, poppies, etc.) beckon to us and arrive at Organ Pipe CNM Visitor Center where we’ll have lunch amid the desert flora. Our activity will be determined by where the best flower shows are at the time. We may drive around the Ajo Mt Loop and stop for a walk along one of the trails or washes. We’ll explore and admire flowers at various places and discover the different plants that live at this lower, warmer elevation, including organ pipe and senita cactus and some of the fascinatingly odd plants such as desert spiny herb (Chorizanthe rigida). Expert guides will be on hand to ID flowers and talk about their natural history. Please pack a sack lunch. Tohono Chul will provide snacks and water for the return journey.

More about Pinau Merlin:

Pinau is a nationally known speaker and naturalist and is the author of several books (including the Guide to Desert Holes, Guide to Bird Nests and Eggs, and is a contributing author to the Natural History of the Sonoran Desert) as well as over 80 articles about the wildlife, natural history, and ecology of the Desert Southwest. Pinau taught natural history at the U of A and was the Outreach Coordinator for the UA/USFWS Jaguar Project. She also works on numerous nature documentary films (including BBC, National Geographic, and others) as a natural history consultant and critter wrangler.

Pinau has designed natural history centers, interpretive exhibits, nature trails, and wildlife habitats for a variety of organizations in the Southwest. Her insights and observations about the natural history and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert have been featured on PBS, NPR, and in Smithsonian and National Wildlife magazines, among many others. She is especially interested in the adaptive strategies of plants, birds, and wildlife and in interpreting animal language.