Clover Springs emergesfrom culvert under Highway 87, spring was burried by road construction, then flow was restored as part of Clover Springs Riparian Restoration Project, southwest of Clints Well, Coconino National Forest, Arizona
Public Meeting: How have springs responded to fall 2017 climate phenomena?
Thursday, February 1st
Montoya Community Center
Springs provide critical water resources for the ecosystems they support and the humans and wildlife that rely upon them. Climate change is putting pressure on these important natural features, especially in the arid Southwest.
How are these scenarios playing out in the Flagstaff region? Join us on Thursday, February 1st as we explore this question with a presentation by Dr. Abe Springer.
Dr. Springer, Professor of Hydrogeology and Ecohydrology in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University, will discuss monitoring of regional springs to better understand recent climate phenomena. The monitoring includes traditional measurement of discharge at springs, and new innovative dye tracer studies. These springs, including Clover Spring (pictured above), are important water sources for humans and ecosystems alike.
We hope you can make it to this interesting talk! Read about some of Dr. Springer’s research with graduate student Casey Jones in this December 14th, 2017 article in the AZ Daily Sun entitled “Researchers find Grand Canyon’s underground water takes surprising paths.”
We look forward to seeing you this February!
Filmmaker Brittain Davis with his filming gear at Foxglen.
The Rio de Flag is the “ribbon of life” that connects people to people, people to nature, and provides a corridor for wildlife through Flagstaff. Friends of the Rio de Flag welcomes you to view our new short film about those who visit and love the Rio de Flag.
Thank you to Brittain Davis for his time and energy in making the Rio de Flag come to life through this film.
Film available online here.
The new year is upon us, and Jack Welch is ready for you to join his walks! Start 2018 off right by joining Jack for his Walk the Walk series this January. Here is the schedule of walks for January! Don’t miss out!
Here are a few upcoming walks:
FRIDAY 5 DECEMBER 2018 – Walk Toward Spring
- Start Location: Flagstaff Mall in the parking lot behind Sears next to the Mall Food Court Entrance
- Time: 9:00 AM
- About three total miles in and around that area. We can walk inside the Mall if the weather is really roiling, but that is always our last option. And please remember: the consumption of a Giant Pretzel is strictly forbidden during a Non-Festivus activity. And you shouldn’t eat one either.
SATURDAY 6 JANUARY 2018 – Babbitt Springs
- Start Location: Parking Area next to the Upper Lake Mary Dam (second dam)
- Time: 1:00 PM
- A walk to a historical site – Babbitt Spring and Homestead Site. We haven’t been there in a while and a story about a recent Randy Wilson hike there peaked my interest. Will the weather continue to be warm and balmy? We would prefer some snow, but if it hasn’t arrived yet we’ll do this interesting hike. A Snow Shoe adventure is optional – weather dependent!
SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2018 – WALK THE WALK with a snow shoe option – Weather dependent
- Proposed John Wesley Powell Blvd Connection
- Start Location: Old Ranger Station parking area on Lake Mary Road across from John Wesley Powell Blvd
- Time: 1:00 PM
- We’ll traverse along the Pulliam Airport runway and enter the woods leading to the FAA facility.