The Coalition works 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.

In wonder of bighorns and tortoises - December 12, 2017

by Jessica Moreno Calypso is a healthy desert tortoise of about 25-30 years and a tortoise on a mission. He was named by a caring, bright 7-year old, whose family found him on their front doorstep no less than three times – after several kindly reminders to return to Big Wash and to stay on […]

Our support for a ban on trophy hunting of Arizona’s wild cats - November 14, 2017

The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection has formally endorsed a new ballot initiative that seeks to ban trophy hunting of wild cats in Arizona, specifically mountain lions, bobcats, jaguars, ocelots, and lynx.  In the  spirit of transparency and open discussion, the main reasons we have endorsed the Arizonans for Wildlife ballot initiative include: We strongly […]

Have a Beer for a Bighorn on November 18th! - November 7, 2017

The Coalition, Friends of Ironwood Forest, Sierra Club, and The Wilderness Society are hosting a fun event on November 18, 2017 to support Ironwood Forest National Monument. Will you join us in having a beer for a bighorn?  What: Have a Beer for a Bighorn Event When: November 18, 2017, 3-7pm Where: Dragoon Brewing Company, […]

Speak out in support of the Antiquities Act and our National Monuments! - October 24, 2017

The Antiquities Act and our National Monuments are under assault in Congress and we need your help! Earlier this month, Utah Representative Rob Bishop introduced HR 3990, the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act” and it passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee on October 11, 2017 (23 in support, 17 against). This bill […]

In the News: Manzanita Elementary students contribute to wildlife camera project - October 3, 2017

October 3, 2017 The AZ Daily Star published a feature story about our partnership with Manzanita Elementary School on October 1, 2017. We are excited these students and teachers are getting recognition for their contribution to our Remote Wildlife Camera Monitoring Project and that this project is growing beyond our dreams. Lead teachers Jennifer DeBenedetti […]

Meet our youngest camera volunteers - September 14, 2017

Our Remote Wildlife Camera Monitoring Program is continuing to grow! This past year, we recruited some new help from our friends with the Manzanita Elementary Robotics Club. Interested in exploring the use of technology for use in pulling data from the field, data management, species identification, and how this data can be used for public […]

Friends of the Desert Newsletter- Summer 2017 - August 30, 2017

In this issue you’ll find… The Oracle Road Wildlife Crossings: A Year in Review Updates on our 2017 Remote Wildlife Camera Monitoring Program How to Add Your Nature Observations to INaturalist Engagement Opportunities Impact Briefs on Local Conservation Issues And More! View/Download Friends of the Desert Newsletter-Summer 2017 here. And if you would like to receive a […]

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Chuck Graf

As a native Tucsonan, I remember when Kolb Road was dirt, as was 22nd Street out east, and have vivid memories of riding in our family car as it dropped steeply down 22nd Street into Pantano Wash. The desert from there pretty much extended undisturbed to the Catalina and Rincon Mountains.  After my junior year […]

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