A Farewell to Saguaro and Friends

Hello everyone. This is my last blog with EFTA, and it is a bittersweet ending, but I am looking forward to more incredible opportunities. I would love to thank everyone who supported our crew. As the holidays come up, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for the wonderful memories created with new friends. The majestic saguaro cacti will always be a constant reminder of the beauty and magic of this desert landscape, and you all have filled my days with laughter, adventure, and friendship.

Many fun things have happened since last time, such as recording the blown-down Saguaros on the West side. Apparently, it is a thing that happens every predicted one hundred years or so. It is wild to see a Saguaro’s roots and age. They are usually fifty-plus years old and got toppled from a recent storm. It is a bit sad, but something that will happen, especially with this year being one of the worst heats. Did you know that a saguaro’s roots are pretty shallow but can spread as far as they are wide? That surprised me as they can somehow hold thousands of gallons of water. Below is a photo of the biggest uprooted saguaro we ran across. It looks relatively recent, at least within the last months, that it has fallen over. It was more likely in August when the storm happened. According to Keeley, the biological technician for the park, over a thousand saguaros fell. It could not be good for their existence, and it will probably get worse every decade. But, at the same time, the awareness increases with each generation, and we can reverse some of the damage. 

This was at least 24-plus feet; it was pretty huge. You can see the roots I mentioned towards Keeley.
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