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Our Release the Beavers campaign was a dam success! Thank you so much to everyone who donated, helping us surpass our goal and raising $75,728 to support binational beaver populations in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.This campaign is critical to help beavers reclaim their status as a keystone species in both the Santa Cruz and San Pedro River international watersheds. Western watersheds and...
Mesquite Forest Restoration Workshop: April 16th & 17thRegister for Friday, April 16th @ 8a.m. - 11a.m.Register for Saturday, April 17th @ 8a.m. - 11a.m.Help restore the mesquite forest near the confluence of the Tanque Verde and Pantano creeks! During this workshop, you’ll help plant native velvet mesquite trees to restore the ancient mesquite trees of the area. WMG's Associate Director...
WMG’s Living Lab and Learning Center is our cream of the crop demonstration site and beats the pants off LEED standards! Our interactive tours showcase our systems in detail. Tour highlight: the Living Lab is water self-sufficient! We have rainwater on tap and currently meet 100% of our water needs with rainwater, greywater, and stormwater. By the time you leave, you'll be overflowing with...
Our 2020 Impact Report should be reaching your mailboxes soon. Filled with detailed information about our revamped Release the Beavers campaign, including a map of where beavers have dispersed, information of San Pedro and Sonoran beavers, and stories from community scientists and partners, you won't want to miss this! Read all about it!Beavers are so critical for our desert rivers that we...
It’s International Beaver Day!We at WMG couldn’t be more excited because we work in two international watersheds where beavers are a keystone species—the Santa Cruz and San Pedro River watersheds. Western watersheds and desert rivers have been drying up for the last 100 years, but beavers provide a powerful, nature-based solution to reverse that trend, even in the face of a warmer and drier...
We are one watershed. Or are we? We’ve got the U.S.-Mexico border guards, the border wall, competing water users, climate stress, and pollution. Despite it all, beavers don’t give a dam! Beavers are proving WMG’s mantra, We Are One Watershed, more than all else. They’ve found some allies in Arizona and Mexico—local biologists, conservationists, and ranchers—who are ensuring they are protected and...
Tomorrow is International Beaver Day, and we need your help today to ensure beavers can reclaim their role as a keystone species in the Santa Cruz and San Pedro international watersheds. You can get involved in three simple ways: 1) donate to support our work, 2) attend our Beavers and Brew Binational Bash tomorrow to learn more, and 3) join our River Run Network...
At their peak in 2010, there were 39 dams and 100 to 160 beavers along the 40-mile stretch of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA)—wow! When WMG heard about their declining population in early 2019, we had to learn more. Local beaver enthusiasts Mike Foster and Steve Merkley took WMG’s River Run Network members along the SPRNCA to seek signs of beavers and estimate their...
Did you know beavers are a keystone species critical to the health of our desert creeks and rivers? Considering how valuable water is in the desert, we’re ramping up our efforts to restore healthy rivers and healthy beaver populations.Double your impact by donating today to support human-beaver partnerships to improve the health of our rivers, creeks, and wetlands! Our goal is to raise $75,000 by...
BYOB Kits for Kids: Virtual WorkshopFriday, April 9th, 12:30-1:30pmRegisterJoin Cindy Hu, WMG's Community and Youth Education Manager, and WMG Docents Sara Birtalan and Marlene to learn the fundamental steps to Build Your Own Basin (BYOB) and plant a rain garden that supports native shade trees.Families who participate in this workshop qualifies for a complimentary BYOB kit to green your...
Beavers are the best example we know of a creature that improves their home in a way that benefits everyone. After collecting accounts from biologists, ecologists, and ranchers on both sides of the border, it’s now clear that beavers in southern Arizona have moved across borders—watershed and international—to establish new populations in Sonora, Mexico, and the Santa Cruz watershed, restoring our...
Watershed Management Group is now accepting applications for the 2021/2022 WaterWRLD internship program!WaterWRLD (water as a platform for Workforce Readiness and Leadership Development) is an experiential program designed to provide University of Arizona students with real world opportunities to develop workforce-relevant skills by engaging with the community on water-related issues. Join...
BYOB & Plant a Tree: Virtual WorkshopWednesday, March 31st, 5:30-7p.m.RegisterLearn the fundamental steps to Build Your Own Basin (BYOB) and plant a rain garden that supports native shade trees from WMG Executive Director, Lisa Shipek!Everyone who participates in this workshop qualifies for a complimentary BYOB kit to green your streets, available for pickup at WMG's Living Lab and Learning...
Beaver & Brews Binational BashWednesday, April 7th from 6p.m. to 8p.m.RegisterThis virtual gathering will feature stories from biologists, ecologists, and community scientists working directly with beavers in the San Pedro and Santa Cruz international watersheds. Tune in to learn how beavers introduced to the San Pedro River in Arizona have made their way upstream into Mexico...
We’re honoring beavers and the amazing work they’re doing for our desert creeks and rivers as well as rivers all over the world!Wiped out by trappers in the 1800s, beavers are repopulating the Santa Cruz and San Pedro Rivers in Southern Arizona, and they need our help. Donate today to our Release the Beavers campaign; your gift will help ensure beaver’s success through community education and...
Riparian Repairs: Empire GulchSaturday, March 20th 8a.m. - 3p.m.RegisterParticipate in this Saturday workshop for a day of hands-on creek restoration in the Ciénega Creek watershed just south of Tucson. Join WMG's Restoration Director, Trevor Hare, and learn how to help slow, spread, and sink the water that flows through this area. Empire Gulch is an important tributary to Ciénega Creek—a...
Following the Climate Change Emergency Declaration passed by the City of Tucson's Mayor and Council last September, the City is now seeking public input on climate and environmental sustainability actions. Your input will directly influence what the City does, and it is important to make your voice heard! We want to encourage you to advocate for the things Watershed Management Group stands for,...
Riparian Repairs: Empire GulchSaturday, March 6, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pmRegisterParticipate in this Saturday workshop for a day of hands-on creek restoration in the Ciénega Creek watershed just south of Tucson. Join WMG's Restoration Director, Trevor Hare, and learn how to help slow, spread, and sink the water that flows through this area. Empire Gulch is an important tributary to...
Cienega Creek Restoration Workshop
Stream Restoration All Day WorkshopSaturday, February 27, 2021 @ 8a.m. - 5p.m.RegisterParticipate this Saturday in a day of hands-on creek restoration in the Ciénega Creek watershed just south of Tucson. Join WMG's Restoration Director, Trevor Hare, to work on assessment, design, and installation of watershed restoration features at Empire Gulch. Empire Gulch is an important tributary to Ciénega...
Help WMG create hundreds of BYOB kits to distribute in March and April through our BYOB (Build Your Own Basin) Community Swap at the Living Lab.We’re seeking donated materials and plants to create the BYOB kits and share our abundance with each other. Your donation helps other community members build basins and create rain gardens at home! Donations will be accepted Monday through Friday from 12p...
BYOB & Plant a Tree: Virtual Workshop Wednesday, March 3rd 5:30p.m. - 7p.m.Register Here In the virtual workshop, you will learn the fundamental steps to Build Your Own Basin and plant a rain garden. This BYOB workshop is led by Luis Salgado, WMG's Green Infrastructure Coordinator and Joaquin Murrieta, WMG's Cultural Ecologist. They will guide you step by step on how to build your...
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pmRegister HereThis virtual Beavers & Brews event is a great way to enjoy happy hour and get you caught up on the latest about beavers in Arizona. Lisa Shipek, WMG’s Executive Director, is joined by Mike Foster and Steve Merkley, Friends of the San Pedro volunteers, to give an update on beavers in the San Pedro River. We’ll...
BYOB at home to support groundwater recharge and improve urban landscapes.Building a water harvesting basin is a simple practice we can all do that invites nature’s abundance into our yards and neighborhoods. Tired of hearing bad news about wildfires raging, record hot summers, droughts, and dried-up rivers? Then building a basin is your antidote! Just imagine standing under the shade of your...
We are grateful to start the new year on such strong footing after thanks to the success of our year-end fundraising campaign.Thanks to close to 300 donors, we met and surpassed our goal with a current count of $75,832 raised!Your support helps us ramp up our Build Your Own Basin and other Steward In Place initiatives. Water harvesting basins are simple to build, and they’re practical solutions...

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