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Indian Bend Wash contains duck ponds, plenty of trees for shade, and neatly manicured grass. Researchers from various LTER’s visit the area during the 2022 LTER Science Council Meeting.

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Saguaros stand tall at South Mountain Preserve, just outside of Phoenix.

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An oasis in the desert. LTER researchers view the Tres Rios Wetland during the 2022 Science Council Meeting in Phoenix.

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Another view of the Tres Rios Constructed Wetland. Though its main function is to remediate the nutrient pollution after wastewater is treated, the park provides a variety of ecosystem services to Phonecians, including vibrant birding, a beautiful landscape, and the oh-so needed cooling effect from the water.

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The Phoenix landscape is a patchwork of natural, semi-natural, and urban areas. Here, a mid-city agricultural plot sits between residential zones.

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In Phoenix, the city’s ecology is driven by human activity. Take the Tres Rios constructed wetland, pictured here, for example. Constructed primarily for effluent remediation, the wetland is a stunning oasis in the desert, home to vibrant plant life and a huge diversity of bird species.

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Dr. Kelli Larson (left) explains the Phoenix Area Social Survey to visiting LTER scientists at the 2022 Science Council Meeting in Phoenix. Central Arizona-Phoenix (CAP) LTER Lead PI Dr. Dan Childers (center) holds her poster, and CAP LTER Information Manager Dr. Stevan Earl (right) looks on.

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The white and yellow borders show boundaries of the experimental marsh-mngrove wetlands in Port Aransas, Texas after Hurricane Harvey passed through the area.

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Camp at Lake Hoare in Taylor Valley