Since it’s implementation in 2012, the Coalition’s remote camera wildlife monitoring project has captured thousands of stunning photos of Sonoran Desert wildlife. This project gives local citizens the opportunity to monitor wildlife movement and activity near the Oracle Road wildlife crossings. We currently have eleven active cameras and have plans to expand the project and strengthen our understanding of wildlife activity in this ecologically important area.
Working together with residents of Oro Valley, Catalina, and others, the Coalition tracks and monitor wildlife activity near the wildlife crossings before, during, and after construction and within the larger Santa Catalina – Tortolita Mountains wildlife linkage.
Would you like to help monitor wildlife? To volunteer for any of the following tasks, please email Hannah.Stitzer@sonorandesert.org or call 520-388-9925.
- Camera maintenance
- Photo database management
- Help us purchase equipment with your generous donation
- Quarterly adopt-a-highway cleanups along Oracle Road
Since 2006, the Coalition has successfully advocated for the protection and restoration of Pima County’s wildlife linkages. Our work has led to a series of public actions that will restore wildlife connectivity between the Tortolita Mountains and Santa Catalina Mountains:
- The designation of a 5000-acre wildlife corridor by the Town of Oro Valley in their Arroyo Grande planning process.
- The approval of $11 million in 2009 by the Regional Transportation Authority for two wildlife crossings structures on Oracle Road.
- The acquisition of two important open space parcels adjacent to one of the crossings, a wildlife “land bridge,” the first of its kind in the Sonoran Desert.