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Sonoran Desert Wildlife Linkages

Healthy, connected wildlife linkages are a crucial piece of a healthy Sonoran Desert landscape. Unfortunately, urban development and roadway construction seriously threaten the ability of wildlife to freely move throughout the landscape today. This movement is necessary for finding food, mating, dispersing in search of home ranges, and maintaining genetic diversity.  Preserving wildlife linkages in Pima County is one of the primary goals of the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection. Through a variety of projects, the Coalition hopes to preserve connected open space within wildlife linkages and facilitate the construction of wildlife crossings at key points along Pima County’s major roadways.

Our current projects focus on the monitoring of the newly-constructed large wildlife underpass and wildlife overpass across Oracle Road within the Santa Catalina-Tortolita Mountains wildlife linkage;  two large wildlife underpasses and a large wildlife overpass across State Route 86 within the Kitt Peak Wildlife Linkage on the Tohono O’odham Nation; funding these projects and other smaller construction projects through our participation on the Regional Transportation Authority’s Wildlife Linkages Committee; managing a large, volunteer-driven wildlife camera project; and facilitating and supporting the continued purchase and preservation of open space throughout eastern Pima County. All of these projects are further driven and supported by the vision and implementation of Pima County’s Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.

Please see the links below for more information on our wildlife linkage projects!

Oracle Road Wildlife Crossings

Oracle Road Wildlife Crossings Results

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Wildlife Linkages

Tucson-Tortolita-Santa Catalina Mountains Wildlife Linkage

Kitt Peak/State Route 86 Wildlife Linkage

Remote Camera Wildlife Monitoring Project