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 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 […]

The latest on I-11: Lawsuit sees its first day in court -

On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, U.S. District Judge John C. Hinderaker heard arguments on the federal government’s motion to dismiss a portion of our challenge to Interstate 11 filed in […]

Join us for Environmental Lobby Day on February 7! - January 19, 2023

Let’s tell our legislators to prioritize wildlife, people, & the planet in 2023! On Tuesday, February 7th, come join the Coalition, Tucson Audubon Society, and over 20 other organizations for […]

Twelve wildlife camera images in a grid with the animals circled in a red, taken from a screenshot of website.

SnapShot USA in full swing - December 19, 2022

The Snapshot USA project is a huge collaborative effort to sample mammal populations with camera traps across all of the United States. The study is designed to sample sites in […]

The first Tortolita BioBlitz was a huge success! -

On Saturday November 19th, 46 participants made almost 700 observations of over 135 species! The first Tortolita Preserve BioBlitz was a huge success! What a great way to share and […]

Kit Fox: CSDP Photographs Another First - December 9, 2022

By Jessica Moreno, Conservation Science Director It’s late morning in early May when my phone buzzes with a text message from my friend and long-time Desert Monitor Josh Skattum. It’s […]

Desert Fence Busters tackle the Big Wash in Oro Valley - December 7, 2022

In mid-November 2022, the Desert Fence Busters tackled a section of the Big Wash in Oro Valley. Over the course of a beautiful Saturday morning, 35 people removed 1.5 miles […]

Remembering and Celebrating Josh - November 30, 2022

Our community suffered a tragic loss when our first Desert Wildlife Intern and long-time volunteer Josh Skattum died tragically on October 22, 2022 after being involved in a serious car […]

2022 Volunteer Awards - October 12, 2022

Join us in celebrating our volunteers! (Awardees are listed in no particular order)   Volunteer of the Year In recognition of outstanding volunteer service for Sonoran Desert protection in as […]

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