January 26, 2021

Remembering Bob Cratty

by Terry Minks Bob was a dear friend to all his acquaintances in Sun City, Oro Valley and to my wife and me ever since we came to live in Arizona 18 years ago. Bob delighted in introducing newcomers to his favorite places throughout Arizona. He was a history buff and was the first person […]

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January 8, 2021

We Stand Against the Seditious Attack on Democracy

We want to acknowledge the seditious attack on democracy at the U.S. Capitol that occurred on January 6th, and the events that continue to unfold as a result of actions by domestic terrorists and white nationalists. At a moment such as this, we cannot be business as usual, and silence is not neutral. From the […]

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December 17, 2020

The future of our Community Science Program

As we plan for 2021, we wanted to share with you where we are with each of our community science projects, and what’s new coming on the horizon! Volunteers have thus far contributed over 1,100 hours and 4,600 miles this year! Whether you help as a community scientist, or as a volunteer writing comment letters, stuffing […]

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October 22, 2020

Field Notes: a rare sighting of a clay-colored sparrow

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 […]

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October 8, 2020

Friends of the Desert Newsletter #58

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 […]

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September 4, 2020

During Pandemic, Community Scientists Adapt to Save the Desert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2020 Contact: Jessica Moreno,, (520) 388-9925 Carolyn Campbell,, (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 […]

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August 13, 2020

Our 2020 Strategic Plan lays out our vision for the future

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 […]

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July 24, 2020

Intern Spotlight: Rob Wisler

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, […]

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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 […]

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July 17, 2020

Animal Planet – a slam poem by Laurie Jurs

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 […]

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