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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.

Spring 2023 Friends of the Desert Newsletter - May 16, 2023

Our Spring 2023 newsletter showcases all the important work your support makes possible.  Check out the following articles in the newsletter: Reflecting on a decade of positive results from the wildlife […]

Honor Hector Conde with your gift today - May 2, 2023

This past winter, long-time conservationist Hector Conde passed away. Hector Conde (1930-2023) was born and educated in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Hector’s world view was influenced by his classical education; he spoke […]

SR77 Wildlife Gate and Fencing Ribbon Cutting Event - April 13, 2023

On April 19, 2023, the Town of Oro Valley hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the culmination of a years-long collaboration between the Town, surrounding neighbors and regional partners to […]

An update on the Desert Fence Busters - April 12, 2023

by Trica Oshant Hawkins, Conservation Programs Director, Arizona Wildlife Federation [Excerpted from the Spring 2023 Friends of Ironwood Forest Newsletter] I’ve been coordinating various volunteer conservation projects for well over […]

The I-11 lawsuit explained - April 11, 2023

by Tom Hannagan, Friends of Ironwood Forest, President of the Board of Directors (excerpted from the Friends of Ironwood Forest Spring 2023 Newsletter) Usually in this space, I would review […]

Join Our Team! - March 7, 2023

The Coalition is hiring! In addition to TWO new paid internship positions open for the Fall 2023 semester, we are also seeking to grow another arm on our saguaro with […]

Tucson-Tortolita Mountains Wildlife Linkage: The Latest Data and Looking Ahead - February 23, 2023

Last month we shared that we expanded this project in 2022, with cameras on either side of I-10 between the Tucson Mountains and Tortolita Mountains, and six more planned to […]

Celebration of Life and Hike and Memorial for Josh Skattum - February 15, 2023

Please join us Saturday 3/4/23 at Sabino Canyon to remember and celebrate our friend and colleague Josh Skattum. We’ll walk in our tie-dyed shirts to the Cactus Picnic Area to […]

Pima County pursues new protected open spaces - January 26, 2023

Late last year, Pima County announced a slate of new protected open space acquisitions they are pursuing with the $2 million allocated for the acquisition of conservation land in the […]

2022 Wildlife Camera Project Recap -

2022 was another successful year for our Wildlife Camera Monitoring Program, and also our 10th anniversary of this community science-based project! Big thanks to ALL the volunteers that have been […]

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