Trees of the Chiricahua Mountains - Biology, Ecology, and Drought Adaptations

@ Southwestern Research Station - American Museum of Natural History
on Monday, October 07-11, 2019
in Portal , AZ

Purpose:  The sky islands are a group of mountain ranges in Southeastern Arizona that are isolated from each other by desert lowland scrub and grassland plant communities.   The unique warm and wet climate, relative isolation of these ranges, their unique geological history, and the alternating dry and wet patterns stimulate the development of biodiversity hot spots.  The Chiricahua Mountain range is the largest of the sky islands and is the home of the South Western Research Station (SWRS).  Trees in these mountains are adapted to hot and dry climates and to heavy summer rain as well as occasional winter rain.  These qualities make them ideal for study as candidates for cultivation in arid  landscapes.  The Chiricahuas also offer us a laboratory to examine tree adaptations and natural history up close.  The high species diversity, unique land-forms, soils, abundance of insects and animals, and sheer beauty of this part of South Eastern Arizona are unlike anything else in the world. 

Registration:  Registration includes all meals and lodging (dormitory style),book, seminars, and field trips for five days.  The Meeting is held at the SWRS  of the American Museum of Natural History, Portal, AZ.  More information about SWRS can be found on their web page at: https://www.amnh.org/our-research/southwestern-research-station.  The cost for full registration is $130.00 per day or $680 for the five days.    Additional nights can be arranged with the station if you wish to extend your stay with early arrival or late departure.  The nearest airport is in Tucson approx. 3 hours drive from the west.  We will attempt to coordinate shared rides  if enough people require pick up.  From California, Los Angeles area, plan for a 10-12 hour drive.  Local attendees can participate in the full program including meals but excluding lodging for $325.   There is a slight cost difference for Sunday vs Monday arrivals.

To reserve your spot in the course please contact Alina or Karen at SWRS (520-558-2396) and mail a check made to:  Southwestern Research Station, P.O. Box 16553, Portal, AZ 85632.

26 International Society of Arboriculture continuing education credits have been applied for.

Sunday:  Early Arrival Day--check in at office for room assignment, Dinner

Monday   Arrival Day

7:30 am Breakfast/registration/arrival and check in during this period..  Relax you are at the station!

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm  Species diversity in the Chiricahua Mountains.  Dr. Howard Topoff and Dr. Carol Simon, Portal, AZ

2:00 pm  SWRS a brief history --what is here: station guidelines, boundaries, hikes and trails.  Alina, Dr. James Downer, University of California, Ventura County

3:00 pm Exploring the station grounds, creek drainages, canyons, and riparian woodlands.  David B. Kelley, Kelley and Associates Environmental Sciences Inc. and Alina, Dr. James Downer, University of California, Ventura County

4:00 pm  Free Time

6:00 pm  Dinner

7:00 pm Seminar: Soils and land-forms of the Chiricahua Mountains  David B. Kelley, Kelley and Associates Environmental Sciences Inc.

Tuesday

7:30 am Breakfast

8:30 am Morning Seminar:  Insects, Ants and other arthropods associated with Trees in the Chiricahua Mountains.  Dr. Michelle Lanan, Resident Research Scientist, SWRS

10:00 am  Mid-Morning Seminar:  The geology of the sky islands its effects on plants.  Ms. Sonia Norman, The Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm  Field Trip to the South Fork of Cave Creek.  Trees of South Fork.  5 mile hike in a creek canyon.  Easy walking.

4:00 pm return from South Fork and Free Time

6:00 pm  Dinner

7:00 pm  Evening Seminars:  Drought Adaptation Strategies For Trees In The Chiricahua Mountains  Dr. Ursula Schuch, University of Arizona

8:00 pm  Fungi of the Chiricahua Mountains and their relationship to trees Dr. James Downer, University of California, Ventura County

Wednesday

7:30 am Breakfast

8:30 am  Depart for Granite Gap Field Trip. This is an exploration of the granite gap area 2 miles of walking about to examine tree adaptations. Hilly terrain some climbing and rock scrambling.

9:00 am Hike at granite Gap: Trees In A Desert Environment: Drought Survival And Monsoon Restoration. 

11:15 am Travel back to SWRS

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Dendrochronology  workshop and how to use an increment borer to evaluate annular growth increments.  What does this mean in a location with a  monsoon climate system? Dr. Kevin T. Smith, US Forest Service

3:00 pm   Pathogens of the woody support systems of trees. Dr. Kevin Smith, US Forest Service

6:00 pm   Dinner

7:00 pm   Evening Seminar  The  Ecology Of Cavity Nesting Birds In Cave Creek Arizona  (Dave Oleyar, Hawkwatch international)

 8:00 pm  Night walk with Dave and Owl watching.

Thursday

7:30 am Breakfast (pack lunches)

8:30 am  Morning Seminar:  Fire And Post Fire Adaptation Of Trees In Cochise County.  Dr. James Malusa, University of Arizona

9:30 am  Caravan to Barfoot Park  This is a short hike with elevation 7000-8500 feet here. 

10:00 am  Conifer Biology in Barfoot Park.  Aspen and Conifer regeneration post fire. Dr. Kevin Smith, US Forest Service, Dr. James Malusa, University of Arizona 

12:00 pm  Lunch at Rustler Park. 

Fungi of conifers  (fungal fore) Dr. Kevin Smith, US Forest Service and Dr. James Downer, University of California, Ventura County 

Conifer identification, Dr. James Malusa, University of Arizona

4:00 pm return to SWRS and Free Time

6:00 pm  Dinner

7:00 pm Seminar:  Oaks of the Sierra Madre Occidentale  Mr. Adam Black, Director of Horticulture, Peckerwood Gardens, TX

8:00 pm Owl walk with Dr. Dave Oleyar, Hawkwatch International

Friday

7:30 am  Breakfast

8:30 am depart for Chiricahua Monument Landforms in the Monument, Geology and Tree adaptations: Ms. Sonia Norman, The Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ, Dr. James Malusa, University of Arizona, David B. Kelley, Kelley and Associates Environmental Sciences Inc.

12:00 pm Lunch at the monument

1:00 pm  Tour the wonderland of rocks and note and study trees of the Chiricahua Monument.  This is a several mile hike inside the monument but mostly down hill.

6:00 pm  Dinner SWRS

7:00 pm Closing Seminar: Trees Of The  Chiricahua Mountains And The Potential For their Horticultural Selection For Landscape uses.  Dr. James Downer, University of California

Saturday  

7:30  Breakfast and departure.

Location

Southwestern Research Station - American Museum of Natural History
2003 W. Cave Creek Rd.
Portal , AZ 85632