The Coalition works to create a community where: ecosystem health is protected; nature and healthy wild animal populations are valued; and residents, visitors, and future generations can all drink clean water, breathe clean air, and find wild places to roam.

In the News: Manzanita Elementary students contribute to wildlife camera project - October 3, 2017

October 3, 2017 The AZ Daily Star published a feature story about our partnership with Manzanita Elementary School on October 1, 2017. We are excited these students and teachers are getting recognition for their contribution to our Remote Wildlife Camera Monitoring Project and that this project is growing beyond our dreams. Lead teachers Jennifer DeBenedetti […]

Meet our youngest camera volunteers - September 14, 2017

Our Remote Wildlife Camera Monitoring Program is continuing to grow! This past year, we recruited some new help from our friends with the Manzanita Elementary Robotics Club. Interested in exploring the use of technology for use in pulling data from the field, data management, species identification, and how this data can be used for public […]

Friends of the Desert Newsletter- Summer 2017 - August 30, 2017

In this issue you’ll find… The Oracle Road Wildlife Crossings: A Year in Review Updates on our 2017 Remote Wildlife Camera Monitoring Program How to Add Your Nature Observations to INaturalist Engagement Opportunities Impact Briefs on Local Conservation Issues And More! View/Download Friends of the Desert Newsletter-Summer 2017 here. And if you would like to receive a […]

Pima County adds 374 acres in Critical Wildlife Linkage - August 22, 2017

Due to the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan’s “Off-Site Mitigation” option for property going through Pima County’s rezoning process, hundreds of acres have been obtained in fee by Pima County for the purposes of managing and maintaining the land as perpetual open space. One of the key elements of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan is protecting […]

New Video on Wildlife Crossings: Cost-Effective, Improving Safety, and Re-connecting Habitat - August 17, 2017

We all know the adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” A recently released Vox video about wildlife crossings demonstrates this.  Grab a cup of coffee and take a look at this great introductory video about wildlife crossings, why they are so important, why we should build many more, and how they are cost-effective […]

Pima County Supervisors to vote on important resolutions that address climate change and water quality - July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017 Tomorrow morning the Pima County of Board of Supervisors will be voting on two important resolutions that support: 1) Pima County’s participation in the County Climate Coalition and specific goals and actions in alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement, and 2) important water quality protection goals. Can you attend this meeting and […]

Field Notes from Wyoming: Preserving Ungulate Migrations for the Future - June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017 By Kathleen Kennedy, CSDP Associate Director Did you know that mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and elk migrate hundreds of miles each year in Wyoming? Fairly recently, scientists discovered that various herds of these ungulates migrate every summer and winter. Many of them summer in Yellowstone National Park, then fan out to the north, south, east, and west […]

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Oona, age 12

“I think the Sonoran Desert is worth protecting because it is a place for people to be with nature.”

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