Audubon Members Improve Kachina Wetlands For Wildlife and People

Kachina Wetlands

 

Roy May and Trevor Hinckley

Roy May and Trevor Hinckley

Several members of Northern Arizona Audubon participated in a community weed pulling event in Kachina Wetlands on Saturday, July 8th. In addition to Audubon members, volunteers showed up from the Arizona Conservation Corps, the American Conservation Experience, the community of Flagstaff, Kachina Village, and Mountainaire. A total of 44 volunteers contributed 120 hours of hard-working, high-spirited time.

Together, the volunteers eradicated nearly all diffuse knapweed from Ponds 4 and 7, the two dry ponds closest to the entrance. Throughout these ponds, native grasses are now the dominant vegetation. They look beautiful!

In case you missed the first event, there is a second opportunity to participate. The second event is Saturday, July 15, from 7-11 am.

Volunteers will begin with the knapweed-dominated berm between Ponds 1 and 2 – the ponds with water. With the recent monsoon rains, the weed pulling will be easier and faster.

Our goal is to free Kachina Wetlands from the scourge of invasive plants, and we are well on our way.

Weed pullers hard at work

Weed pullers hard at work

Please join us this Saturday for part or all of this 4-hour event. Bring gloves, water, a hat, sunscreen, and a shovel if you have one. We ran out of shovels last weekend.

Watermelon and cookies for all participants!

For more information, contact Christina Vojta by phone or text, 928-814-6132, or Christina.vojta@nau.edu.