Learn to Track Flowers for Bats

The ​lesser ​long-nosed ​bat ​travels ​north ​from ​Mexico ​each ​year ​to ​summer ​in ​Southern ​Arizona ​while ​raising ​its ​young. ​The ​bats ​rely ​on ​nectar, ​pollen, ​and ​fruits ​from ​local ​cactus ​and ​succulents. ​The ​US ​Fish ​& ​Wildlife ​Service ​and ​the ​USA ​National ​Phenology ​Network ​seek ​to ​understand ​whether ​the ​flowering ​time ​of ​these ​species ​is ​changing.   You ​can ​help by tracking ​the ​flowering ​of ​saguaro ​and ​other ​plants ​in ​your ​yard ​or ​by ​adopting ​a ​trail ​in ​the ​Tucson ​area. ​ Learn how to get involved with this training at the Gardens!

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Training ​Description: 
We ​will ​spend ​a ​half ​hour ​inside ​going ​over ​the ​Flowers ​for ​Bats ​program ​and ​how ​it ​helps ​the ​lesser ​long-nosed ​bat. ​We ​will ​spend ​one ​hour ​outside ​in ​the ​Gardens ​learning ​to ​identify ​agaves, ​making ​observations ​of ​saguaros, ​and ​learning ​how ​to ​use ​the ​Nature’s ​Notebook ​mobile ​apps ​and ​paper ​datasheets. ​We ​will ​spend ​the ​final ​half ​hour ​back ​inside ​learning ​how ​to ​set ​up ​sites ​online, ​add ​plants, ​and ​enter ​paper ​datasheets ​online. ​

Training ​Objectives: 
1. ​Understand ​what ​Flowers ​for ​Bats ​is ​and ​why ​it ​helps ​the ​lesser ​long-nosed ​bat.
2. ​Practice ​how ​to ​make ​phenology ​observations ​with ​Nature’s ​Notebook.
3. ​Understand ​the ​differences ​in ​how ​to ​observe ​saguaros ​and ​agaves.
4. ​Practice ​how ​to ​create ​an ​observation ​site ​in ​Nature’s ​Notebook, ​add ​plants, ​and ​enter ​data. ​

Registration includes admission to the Gardens which is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Date: 04/19/2019

Time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Price: $15

Class availability limitations: Full


National Phenology Network

National Phenology Network

The USA National Phenology Network supports science, natural resource management, and communication by providing data, tools, and resources and by connecting people.