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Pima County releases 2019 Annual Report on Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan - May 26, 2020

In March 2020, Pima County released its fourth annual report on its Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSCP). The full report can be found on the Pima County website HERE. According to the Executive Summary, six Pima County capital improvement projects and 52 private development projects were “covered” by the MSCP in 2019. While these projects […]

New data from the Tangerine Road wildlife underpasses - May 20, 2020

Did you know that there are five wildlife underpasses that traverse Tangerine Road? These wildlife underpasses were finished in 2018 and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) is now in the middle of a post-construction monitoring study of the crossings. In May 2020, AGFD released its latest monitoring progress report. We’re happy to report […]

A variety of wildlife captured on camera near I-10 East - April 29, 2020

Over the last year or so, we have expanded our work protecting Sonoran Desert wildlife linkages to the Rincon-Santa Rita-Whetstone Mountains wildlife linkage that is fragmented by Interstate 10 east of Tucson. 40 wildlife cameras are now collecting data in this wildlife linkage thanks to the amazing help of our volunteers and community partners!  A […]

The latest monitoring data from the Oracle Road wildlife crossings! - April 22, 2020

Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) just released the latest and greatest monitoring data from the Oracle Road wildlife overpass and underpass. This represents FOUR FULL YEARS of monitoring these wildlife crossings since construction finished in March 2016.  Some notable data and results include: 26 different species have been observed using the crossings, including 11 […]

Friends of the Desert newsletter #57 is out in the world! - April 2, 2020

Although we know most of us are pretty preoccupied with the current global pandemic, we decided to still send out our spring newsletter, hoping to inject a little joy and positivity into your mailboxes and inboxes.  Check out the following articles in our Spring 2020 Friends of the Desert newsletter: New project collecting data on […]

New wildlife cameras generate spectacular photos - March 31, 2020

Thanks to a new partnership with volunteer, welder, and ecology student Raynor Vandeven, there are now four wildlife cameras out in the field with professional photography equipment capturing images of Sonoran Desert wildlife. These cameras are located in an area along the proposed I-11 route, in the Tucson Mountains, near the Oracle Road wildlife crossings, […]

Join us for a new Desert Excursions field trip on March 21 or March 30! - February 28, 2020

Would you be interested in going on a field trip to learn about one of the Coalition’s programs, meet some great people, and get outside into our beautiful Sonoran Desert for a morning or evening? We’d love to have you join us on two field trips being offered on Saturday, March 21 and Monday, March […]

Vote today for CSDP to win a $2,000 Banff Grant! - February 3, 2020

Will you take 30 seconds today and vote for CSDP to win one of Summit Hut’s $2,000 Banff Grants?  You can vote right now at: https://woobox.com/77j9qu  Five wonderful non-profits have been nominated and the top two vote-getters will receive $2,000 at the Banff Mountain Film Festival on Friday, March 6. Only one vote is allowed per email address. […]

Join us for Environmental Day 2020! - January 10, 2020

Thinking about what you can do for the environment this year? Join us for Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. We’ve got a bus chartered to bring community members up to Phoenix for the day to meet your state legislators, see the Legislature in action, and learn more about […]

Oracle Road wildlife crossings featured on FOX10 Drone Zone segment - December 17, 2019

The Oracle Road wildlife crossings were recently featured on TV station FOX10’s Drone Zone segment in Phoenix. Check out this 3+ minute segment to see some amazing drone footage of both the Oracle Road wildlife underpass and overpass, along with a great interview of our partner Jeff Gagnon with the Arizona Game and Fish Department […]

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