Lycophytes and Ferns of the Madera Canyon
July 26th Friday - Leaving Starr Pass at noon returning Saturday, July 27th at 5:00 pm
Overnight at Santa Rita Experimental Station
Surrounded by desert seas, the Madrean Sky Island archipelago connects the flora and fauna of the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Madre Occidental of northern Mexico. The Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona is one of the largest ranges in the U.S. at about 30 miles long by 20 miles wide at its widest point and acts as the northern range limit for many plant and animal species including jaguars and barking frogs (Craugastoridae). We will visit and hike in Madera Canyon which is a large north facing canyon on the west slope of the range. We will transect its vegetation communities from desert grassland through Madrean oak, juniper, and pine into the ponderosa pine forest, primarily following riparian corridors. Throughout our trip, we will focus on pteridophytes and their habitats. After our hike, we will stay overnight at Santa Rita Experimental Station operated by the University of Arizona.
Be sure to have sturdy shoes, water bottle, sunscreen, and hiking sticks. Day pack.
Maximum participants: 21 people
Trip Leaders: Emily Sessa, University of Florida and Douglas Moore