April 20, 2017

New wildlife crossings on the horizon for Tangerine Road and La Cholla Boulevard

April 20, 2017 Tangerine Road and La Cholla Boulevard will soon be the home of more new wildlife crossings in Pima County. Five new wildlife underpasses are currently under construction on Tangerine Road and three new wildlife underpasses are currently in the design phase for La Cholla Boulevard. The Tangerine crossings are in the Town […]

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April 18, 2017

“Bat boxes” provide a new home for displaced bats under local bridges

April 18, 2017 Did you know that southern Arizona bridges provide important roosting habitat for local bats? Many older bridges were built with long, thin expansion cracks underneath them. These cracks have turned out to be perfect roosting habitat for thousands and thousands of bats, and often pregnant females. Bats roost under the bridges during […]

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April 13, 2017

Take Action: Attend public meetings about proposed Interstate 11!

April 13, 2017 Mark your calendar! Save the date! And get ready to voice your opposition to any proposed interstate that goes through Avra Valley! The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highways Administration are holding a series of public meetings in May to discuss their corridor alternatives for a new interstate between Nogales and […]

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April 11, 2017

Community Water Coalitions seeks new Coordinator

April 11, 2017  The Community Water Coalition (CWC) is hiring a new Coordinator to grow the CWC and further its missions, vision, and goals. The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection is one of 15 organizational members of the CWC, which works to: encourage local leadership to act in the best interest of sustainable water policy […]

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April 6, 2017

Coalition member groups win big lawsuit for pygmy owl protection

April 6, 2017  Last week, on March 29, 2017, the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife – both Coalition member groups – won an important lawsuit over the denial of endangered species protection for the cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl. The new ruling establishes that the federal government must reconsider endangered species protection for this little […]

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March 30, 2017

Action Alert: Sign on to “A Conservation Vision for Arizona’s Water Future”!

March 30, 2017 The conservation of our water resources is essential for the future health and resilience of both people and wildlife. A group of organizations, including the Coalition and spearheaded by Coalition member group Sierra Club-Grand Canyon Chapter, recently drafted “A Conservation Vision for Arizona’s Water Future.” This visionary document outlines the many reasons […]

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March 28, 2017

Coalition Director featured on AZ Public Media’s Metro Week

March 28, 2017 Coalition Director Carolyn Campbell was interviewed for Arizona Public Media’s Metro Week TV spot recently. Joined by Arizona Game and Fish biologist Jeff Gagnon, both Carolyn and Jeff discuss the new Oracle Road wildlife crossings, what it took to get them constructed, plans for future crossings, citizen science efforts, and what has […]

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March 23, 2017

Pima County publishes its first “Annual Report” on the Multi-Species Conservation Plan

March 23, 2017 At the end of February, Pima County published its first required “Annual Report” on the implementation of the Multi-Species Conservation Plan (or MSCP). The MSCP was almost 18 years in the making and provides mitigation for impacts to 44 species in Pima County, seven of which are currently listed as endangered (scientists […]

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March 20, 2017

Friends of the Desert Newsletter – Spring 2017

In this issue: The finalization of Pima County’s Multi-Species Conservation Plan, 18 years in the making! The expansion of our Remote Wildlife Camera Monitoring project continues. A showcase of some of Pima County’s spectacular conservation lands.  A tribute to conservation hero Mick Meader. And more!  View/download Friends of the Desert-Spring 2017 here. And if you […]

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March 16, 2017

In the News: Oracle Road wildlife crossing results make a splash!

March 16, 2017 The new progress report on the first year of monitoring of the Oracle Road wildlife crossings has been a hot topic this week.  The full report can be found here. A KVOA4 news story on March 13, 2017, featuring Coalition Advisory Committee member Christina McVie, can be viewed here. An article in […]

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