The whole group at the start: as with all Diablo Trust events, we begin with a round-table introduction and 'check in.'
First stop: Number 2 Tank
At our first stop, by the Number 2 tank, to observe some grassland restoration work (nipping juniper trees, mainly). We were supposed to have presentations here, but after about 10-15 minutes we turned around in the wind.
First Presentation: Jon Cooley (AZGFD)
Back at HQ, we started the afternoon with a presentation by Jon Cooley of the AZGFD about the Mexican Grey Wolf reintroduction program.
Second Speaker: Ed Davis (AZGFD)
Ed Davis, also of AZGFD, took over after Jon to talk about wolf biology and some of the finer points (political and ecological) that will come with the wolves in the Coconino Forest.
Q&A in the field
Kit entertaining questions about the restoration work.
Third Talk: Susi MacVean (AZGFD)
After talking about the big predators, we shifted to the small prey and had Suzi MacVean (AZGFD) take the stage to discuss prairie dogs. This actually led more of a debate than the wolves!
A picture of an enthralled audience!
Fourth Speaker: Buck Wickham (USFS-retired)
Buck Wickham, retired USFS, had a few minutes after Suzi to explain an alternative view of the priaire dog issue on the ranches and in the forest.
Nearly three dozen people came!
The Dessert Table!
A hearty ranch meal: pulled beef, refried beans, and a salad!
Tasty deviled eggs!
Fresh greens and egg salad
Beef, straight from the ranch!
Our two wonderful volunteers: Sylvia and Linda!
The cooks! Sylvia, Linda, and Diana!
The wind picked up too much, so we tried to fit everyone in the cookhouse