April 2, 2020

Friends of the Desert newsletter #57 is out in the world!

Although we know most of us are pretty preoccupied with the current global pandemic, we decided to still send out our spring newsletter, hoping to inject a little joy and positivity into your mailboxes and inboxes.  Check out the following articles in our Spring 2020 Friends of the Desert newsletter: New project collecting data on […]

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March 31, 2020

New wildlife cameras generate spectacular photos

Thanks to a new partnership with volunteer, welder, and ecology student Raynor Vandeven, there are now four wildlife cameras out in the field with professional photography equipment capturing images of Sonoran Desert wildlife. These cameras are located in an area along the proposed I-11 route, in the Tucson Mountains, near the Oracle Road wildlife crossings, […]

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February 28, 2020

Join us for a new Desert Excursions field trip on March 21 or March 30!

Would you be interested in going on a field trip to learn about one of the Coalition’s programs, meet some great people, and get outside into our beautiful Sonoran Desert for a morning or evening? We’d love to have you join us on two field trips being offered on Saturday, March 21 and Monday, March […]

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February 3, 2020

Vote today for CSDP to win a $2,000 Banff Grant!

Will you take 30 seconds today and vote for CSDP to win one of Summit Hut’s $2,000 Banff Grants?  You can vote right now at:  Five wonderful non-profits have been nominated and the top two vote-getters will receive $2,000 at the Banff Mountain Film Festival on Friday, March 6. Only one vote is allowed per email address. […]

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January 10, 2020

Join us for Environmental Day 2020!

Thinking about what you can do for the environment this year? Join us for Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. We’ve got a bus chartered to bring community members up to Phoenix for the day to meet your state legislators, see the Legislature in action, and learn more about […]

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December 17, 2019

Oracle Road wildlife crossings featured on FOX10 Drone Zone segment

The Oracle Road wildlife crossings were recently featured on TV station FOX10’s Drone Zone segment in Phoenix. Check out this 3+ minute segment to see some amazing drone footage of both the Oracle Road wildlife underpass and overpass, along with a great interview of our partner Jeff Gagnon with the Arizona Game and Fish Department […]

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December 13, 2019

Tortolita Preserve protected in new Marana General Plan

Good news for conservation in Marana! On December 10, 2019, the Marana Town Council approved the new draft Marana General Plan with a few major changes we requested. This includes 1) solidifying the long-term protection of the Tortolita Preserve and 2) removing a “Special Planning Area” from lands southwest of the Tortolita Preserve so these […]

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December 5, 2019

What types of wildlife cameras do we use?

Interested in purchasing a wildlife camera for yourself or as a gift for family or friends?  The short answer from our Conservation Science Director Jessica Moreno is: I recommend checking out the reviews and the beginner’s buyers guide found at With new models coming on the market all the time, this is a great resource […]

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Arizona suspends efforts to take over provisions of Clean Water Act

Good news for clean water in Arizona! The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has officially suspended its efforts to take over a key part of the federal Clean Water Act. According to the ADEQ website: In 2018, ADEQ began a collaborative stakeholder process to draft a roadmap for Arizona to assume the Clean Water […]

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November 19, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Comments needed on draft Marana General Plan!

The Town of Marana is currently accepting public comments on its new draft General Plan – will you send the Planning and Zoning Commission a quick email today and comment on this important planning document? You can send your comments to Marana staff member Cynthia Ross at  If you’d like to access the full draft Marana General Plan, it […]

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