Invasive Species

By Garry Rogers

(First in series on Sonoran Desert invasive plants.)

Introduction to Invasive Plants in Deserts


Type of Content: Article
Camp Grip, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge

This base was dropped into the middle of nowhere in Cabeza Prieta at a place called Papago Well, and has heavy impact on the local flora and fauna.

Type of Content: Image Content
Buffelgrass taking over hill in Sonoran Desert
Type of Content: Image Content
  • Burros haul the piñas or cabezas from the monte.
Off the Wagon and On the Whiskey Trail in the Sonoran Hinterlands

by Michael Huckaby


Sahuaripa sits nestled against the foothills of the...

Type of Content: Article
Tropical Deciduous Forest cleared for cattle (©AZ/Sonora Desert Museum)

TDF and thorn-scrub are often cleared to make way for planting of non-native buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) for cattle forage. Calumnar cactus are often left, but do not always survive....

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  • Eurasian Collared Dove

Buffelgrass has become well known as an invasive exotic species, but many other dangerous exotics threaten parts of the southwest and have garnered much less attention. One in particular comes to...

Type of Content: Blog entry

It's becoming common knowledge that buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) is a huge problem for native vegetation in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. In Sonora the problem is much worse. Vast...

Type of Content: Blog entry
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