This program features the trip to the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico during the month of March, 2017. There were a total of 13 people on the trip plus the 2 guides, Tom and Ana Lilia. This program will show and highlight the amazing diversity of succulent plants and also describe the many adventures and locations that were visited and experienced.
Thomas R. Van Devender was the Senior Research Scientist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for 25 years, where he conducted research on a broad range of natural history topics. He has published well over a hundred publications on a range of topics, including natural history, paleoecology, desert grasslands, desert tortoise ecology, local floras, ethnobotany, herpetofaunas and the Madrean Archipelago. Tom is interested in the natural history of many areas in Sonora, especially the Madrean the Sky Island mountain ranges, the la Frontera zone within 100 km of the Arizona border, the Yécora area in the Sierra Madre Occidental, and tropical deciduous forest in the Álamos area. In May 2015, he began as the Director of Biodiversity Programs at GreaterGood.org, where he organized biodiversity inventories to Sonoran Sky Islands in the Madrean Discovery Expeditions (MDE) program and manage the Predator Conservation Program. From 2009 to 2014, he was the Manager of the Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment (MABA) project at Sky Island Alliance. MABA documented the diversity of animals and plants in the 32 isolated Sky Island ranges and complexes in Sonora, Mexico. These biological records and high-resolution images are available to support conservation activities in the region. Tom organized twelve binational expeditions with large volunteer groups of taxonomic specialists, land managers, college professors and students, local residents, photographers, and journalists to make new observations in high-diversity areas in Sky Island ranges in Sonora. The MABA (Madrean.org) and the new MDE (Madreandiscovery.org) databases are the best sources of biological records in the Madrean Archipelago.
Ana Lilia Reina-Guerrero received her undergraduate degree from the Universidad de Sonora in Hermosillo in Agricultural Sciences with a thesis on Medicinal Plants of the Mountain Pima Indians of the Municipio de Yécora, Sonora. She has been involved in ethnobotanical studies with the Seri and Mayo Indians, including the Mayo Ethnobotany book with David Yetman and Tom Van Devender. She is interested in the ethnobotany of Sonoran cacti and was a collaborator on the Cáctaceas de Sonora and My Nana's Remedies books. Since 1990 she has been involved in floristic surveys in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands in northeastern Sonora border region, and the Yécora area in association with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) and Sky Island Alliance. She and Tom Van Devender have made over 20,000 plant collections mostly in the state of Sonora. Since 2009, she has led a US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) project to interview rural residents in Central Sonora about the Masked Bobwhite Quail. She has been very active in plant inventories on field trips to Sonora as part of the Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment project at Sky Island Alliance. She is a professional English-Spanish translator who has translated a broad range of natural history writings for ASDM, US Fish & Wildlife Service, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and other conservation organizations.
If you want to know more about the fantastic 5 day trip into the state of Sonora, please attend this excellent program. You will also enjoy lots of excellent refreshments, win some great plants and go home with a free plant provided by the TCSS.