Field Studies Class Trip to Sonoran Desert Museum

Students in the Field Studies class are collecting data for the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum’s Pollinator Hotspot citizen science project.  They will be collecting fruits from barrel cacti, measuring the height of the cactus, noting the location, and then counting the seeds.  The results of the project will hopefully provide some insight on the location of high-pollination areas in Tucson.  In order to learn how to properly count seeds and inout their data, the students went to the Desert Museum to get a tutorial, where they also met some surprise wild guests! Afterwards, they applied what they had learned out in the field, and collected barrel cactus seeds, which were used to tabulate data about pollination rates in various locations in Tucson.