Thursday, December 9, 2010

Robb Wash Cleanup Day

Erin Olmstead

Robb Wash is a tributary of Tanque Verde Creek on Tucson's east side. The neighborhood (near Speedway and Pantano), along with Tucson Parks and Rec, and Tucson Clean and Beautiful are all working together there to increase the importance of the wash to wildlife and to the neighborhood.

Last Saturday's TogetherGreen Volunteer Day at the wash was a great chance for several superstar members of Tucson Audubon's Birds & Business Alliance get to know one another while joining forces to improve wildlife habitat. A Bobcat sighting was a special treat that reminded us all of the important habitat value of our urban washes!

Bobcat photo by volunteer Corey Mitchell

Tucson Clean & Beautiful provided handy litter-grabber tools and trash bags, which we filled with lots of trash and recyclables picked up along the wash. Volunteers also cleared brush and other bulky obstructions from the wash. The newly forming Friends of Robb Wash organization will continue stewardship efforts along their adopted wash.

Special thanks to Birds & Business Allies Adventure Birding Company, Kimberlyn Drew, and The Riverpark Inn for lending a hand!

Kimberlyn Drew, Rick Galligan of the Riverpark Inn, Erin Olmstead and Kendall Kroesen of Tucson Audubon, and Jake Mohlmann of Adventure Birding strike a pose in front of one of several large piles of brush and trash removed from the wash.

We have several other TogetherGreen Volunteer Days coming up, including more opportunities to improve our urban washes. Stay tuned to our Events Calendar for more info! TogetherGreen is a program of National Audubon Society funded by Toyota.

To find out how you can help, contact Kendall at 971-2385!

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