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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.

Field Notes: a rare sighting of a clay-colored sparrow - October 22, 2020

By Ken Lamberton On day 218 of the Pandemic, my daughter Jessica and I hike in black masks south along Speeden Wash to her wildlife cameras under the I-10 culverts in the 3000-acre Empire Ranch. She is here for her research project documenting the migrations of bear and mountain lion, bobcat, badger, and coati by […]

Friends of the Desert Newsletter #58 - October 8, 2020

We hope our Fall 2020 newsletter brings some hope, joy, and positivity into your mailboxes and inboxes. Despite the many really hard situations in the world today, there is still lots of good happening and you are part of that with your support of the Sonoran Desert – thank you!  Check out the following articles […]

During Pandemic, Community Scientists Adapt to Save the Desert - September 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2020 Contact: Jessica Moreno, Jessica.Moreno@sonorandesert.org, (520) 388-9925 Carolyn Campbell, Carolyn.Campbell@sonorandesert.org, (520) 629-0525 During Pandemic, Community Scientists Adapt to Save the Desert Tucson, AZ – The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection is celebrating their Volunteer Appreciation Week on September 7-12, 2020, this year virtually. The nonprofit organization made swift changes to accommodate remote […]

Our 2020 Strategic Plan lays out our vision for the future - August 13, 2020

After a year-long process of internal reflection and evaluation, surveying our key stakeholders, and working closely with our Board of Directors, we recently finalized our 2020 Strategic Plan. We are excited to share this with you and hope you are inspired to continue walking with us on this path towards a protected Sonoran Desert for […]

Intern Spotlight: Rob Wisler - July 24, 2020

When did you fall in love with the Sonoran Desert? I suspect your answer and mine are the same – you fell in love the first time you wandered into it. For me, this was in early April 2009 on my first visit to Tucson. There’s something so transfixing about all of it: the majestic, […]

Updates from the El Rio Riparian Preserve -

By Janine Spencer-Glasson, Friends of El Rio Preserve The Santa Cruz River serves as an important resource for migrating birds in the southwestern United States. Migrating birds depend upon riparian habitat more than any other type of habitat in Arizona. There are several links along the chain of stopovers for migrating birds on the Santa […]

Animal Planet – a slam poem by Laurie Jurs - July 17, 2020

A big thanks to Laurie Jurs for submitting the slam poem “Animal Planet” below.  In Laurie’s words: I have lived in the desert on five acres south of Green Valley since 1987. This slam poem is about staying home and finding out new things about a place I thought I knew well. It will best […]

We Stand in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter and All People of Color - June 8, 2020

The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. There is no way to do the work of healing and nurturing the natural world in a silo. As residents of the Earth and citizens of the World, the mounting cases of violence against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color reveal how connected we all […]

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 […]

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