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The Coalition’s mission is to protect the biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona through science-based advocacy, education, and collaboration. We work 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.

Pima County’s Open Space Conservation Acquisitions: An Overview  - July 28, 2022

Pima County has invested heavily in acquiring conservation properties, especially in fulfilling the goals of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. The County recently released a new report about all their open space conservation acquisitions.  Along with providing a comprehensive overview of this decades-long program, the report specifically touches on the transparent public processes underlying the […]

Reducing Roadkill: Safe Passages for Wildlife on Interstate-10 East - July 27, 2022

By Jessica Moreno, Conservation Science Director One of the best things about doing roadkill surveys is watching the sunrise. During the monsoons, the sun breaks across the eastern horizon and lights up the moisture laden air and morning cloud cover with light and throws the foothills into brilliant color. The sun feels hopeful and the […]

New paid Desert Wildlife Internship! - May 9, 2022

We are excited to announce a new paid internship program with the Coalition. This August, we will be hiring our first paid Desert Wildlife Intern for the Fall 2022 semester. The Desert Wildlife Intern will actively contribute to meaningful conservation projects to protect wildlife and open space. They will be mentored by CSDP staff, both […]

CSDP and partners sue over federal approval of Interstate 11 - May 4, 2022

On April 21, 2022, four conservation groups – the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, along with our member groups Center for Biological Diversity, Tucson Audubon Society, and Friends of Ironwood Forest – filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Tucson challenging the Federal Highway Administration’s approval of Interstate 11 last year. The agency […]

The latest news in our Spring 2022 Friends of the Desert newsletter - April 18, 2022

We hope our Spring 2022 newsletter brings some hope, joy, and positivity into your mailboxes and inboxes.  Check out the following articles in the newsletter: The many pieces of a connected landscape State Route 86 wildlife bridges move to siting and design phase Volunteer Spotlight: Environmental Law Society And more! And, as always, thank you for supporting a […]

Join us in removing old fencing and improving wildlife connectivity in Avra Valley! - March 7, 2022

Join us this week to remove old fencing and improve wildlife connectivity between the Tucson Mountains and the Tohono O’odham Nation! Background This past December, over 65 volunteers came together one morning to remove three miles of old fencing, including three tons of fence posts and wire fencing, from an area in Avra Valley west […]

SR86 Wildlife Bridges move to siting and design phase - February 17, 2022

In January 2022, a group of people from Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona Department of Transportation, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection conducted a scouting field trip to finalize the locations of two new wildlife bridges on SR86 near Kitt Peak. These bridges will complement two existing wildlife underpasses built […]

Avra Valley Fence Removal Volunteer Day a Big Success! - February 11, 2022

On December 11, 2021, a group of local organizations and state/federal agencies came together to celebrate National Public Lands Day by holding a Fence Removal Volunteer Day in Avra Valley. It was a wonderfully cool day with volunteers in high spirits to accomplish something tangible and positive for wildlife.  A few fun stats from this […]

2021 Wildlife Camera Program Snapshot - January 23, 2022

In 2021, 84 active volunteers logged 1,027 hours of volunteer time towards our Wildlife Camera Program. Here is a snapshot of where we are at with our projects: Oro Valley Wildlife Crossings Project 20 active cameras divided equally east and west of the highway. 350,000 photos 65 species including mountain lion, bighorn, ringtail, coati, badger […]

Fish and Wildlife Service propose listing the pygmy owl as a threatened species -

The small but mighty cactus ferruginous pygmy owl was in the news once again recently after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed re-listing the species, this time as a threatened species. The pygmy owl was listed as an endangered species from 1997-2006. Currently, the Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting comments on the proposals […]

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