September 14, 2017

Meet our youngest camera volunteers

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 […]

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September 13, 2017

Jan Johnson

I love to volunteer! And I love being outdoors and working on projects that help the environment! Pima County is special because there are a lot of people out there that share my enthusiasm. The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection is so active in projects that protect and connect our desert. I truly enjoy giving […]

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September 12, 2017

Chuck Graf

As a native Tucsonan, I remember when Kolb Road was dirt, as was 22nd Street out east, and have vivid memories of riding in our family car as it dropped steeply down 22nd Street into Pantano Wash. The desert from there pretty much extended undisturbed to the Catalina and Rincon Mountains.  After my junior year […]

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Sarah McKenzie

The Sonoran Desert intrigued and captivated me from the first day of my Tucson visit. On the second day I persuaded my husband that we should build a house near Catalina State Park. We never looked back and now make Catalina our home. As a Minnesotan transplant, I quickly learned how different the desert is […]

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Craig Civalier

Biodiversity became important to me in my college days. My hope then was to have the opportunity to actively do something about its preservation/conservation. Once the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) funding was approved by the voters of Pima County in 2006, I was given that opportunity. I am proud that I was part of the […]

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Kathy Renno

I became interested in the Coalition a few years ago when I met fellow masters swimmer Carolyn Campbell, Executive Director, in the locker room. After swim practice, she would often talk about the work the Coalition is dong, and I realized that this is an organization that I would like to support and get involved […]

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August 30, 2017

Friends of the Desert Newsletter- Summer 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 […]

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August 22, 2017

Pima County adds 374 acres in Critical Wildlife Linkage

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 […]

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August 17, 2017

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

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 […]

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July 10, 2017

Pima County Supervisors to vote on important resolutions that address climate change and water quality

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 […]

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