New class at Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning

El Presidio Terrenate

with Rebecca Orozco

Visit the remains of the Santa Cruz de Terrenate, a chain of presidios built by Spain in the 1770s to protect their northern frontier against Apache attack. The effort failed and the fortress was abandoned by 1780. Then, travel to the Amerind Foundation to see the artifacts excavated by Dr. Charles DiPeso in the 1950s. There, we will take time for a picnic lunch. The trip will start with a one-hour lecture on the background history then depart for the site. Bring a sack lunch, hat, water, sunscreen and walking shoes. *Registration and payments must be made no later than Mar. 20– no refunds after this date.

Saturday, March 28
Lecture: 8 a.m.
Departure: 9 a.m.
Sierra Vista Campus

San Pedro River – through a geologist’s eyes


The San Pedro River at Fairbank

The San Pedro River at Fairbank

The San Pedro River is Arizona’s last undammed river. Joe Cook and his colleagues at the Arizona Geological Survey recently mapped the extent of Holocene channel and floodplain alluvium there. This 122-mile map story from the US-Mexico Frontier to Winkelman, Arizona, shows you the San Pedro River Valley as seen through the eyes of a geologist.

View the story map of the San Pedro River!

FSPR Lecture: Springs of the Sky Islands

SIA_SpringsTalkJoin us on Thursday, November 20, 7 PM for the FSPR Lecture: Springs of the Sky Islands. Learn about the nature of springs, their importance in our region, what threatens them, and how they can be protected in this lecture presented by Carianne Campbell, Landscape Restoraton Program Manager at Sky Islands Alliance. Springs are keystone ecosystems in the Sky Island Region, exert disproportionate influence on surrounding landscapes, and are known to be biodiversity hotspots.  Hear about approaches to management of springs through adaptive planning, as well as recruiting, training and retaining volunteers involved in restoration efforts.

The lecture will take place at 4070 E Avenida Saracino in Hereford (the new BLM San Pedro Project Office on Highway 92 between Ramsey and Carr Canyon Roads). The lecture is free and open to the public.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Training

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Attend upcoming cuckoo training! If you are interested in volunteering for cuckoo surveys, this training is quite valuable. There will be a session in southeast Arizona on June 25 and 26. As you know, the western population of this species of greatest conservation need is proposed for federal listing as threatened. The final decision is pending this fall.

San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, BLM, Hereford AZ

  • 25 June 2014:  12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 26 June 2014:  6:00 am – 10:00 am

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FSPR Lecture Series: Saving the San Pedro River

The Friends of the San Pedro River will host Steve Pawlowski, the Water Sentinels program coordinator for the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Steve Pawlowski of the Sierra Club

Steve Pawlowski of the Sierra Club

Come learn how we can use citizen science, hands-on conservation, and advocacy to help shape a more sustainable future for one of the most ecologically significant rivers of the Southwest. March 20 at 7 p.m. at the BLM/Forest Service public meeting room, 4070 E Avenida Saracino, Hereford (off Hwy. 92 between Ramsey and Carr Canyon Roads).

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more info, call 520-459-2555 or visit