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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 30. See below for details!
Field trip options include:
1. WILDLIFE CROSSING EXPERIENCE
Saturday, March 21, 10am-12pm
What does it take to build a wildlife crossing? In 2016, the Oracle Road wildlife crossings were closed to the public to allow wildlife freedom to roam – and wow, did they! We will have a chance to make a special visit to the bridge and underpass so you can get a critter’s perspective on this landscape-level link that connects the Catalina and Tortolita mountains. We will check a nearby wildlife camera to see what has been passing through, examine wildlife tracks, describe our future native plant restoration plans, and share the most exciting results we have to date. We’ll end with an optional lunch at a nearby locally owned eatery. Maximum 8 people. Optional lunch afterwards.
A field trip to the Oracle Road wildlife underpass with community partners.
2. BATS AND TRACKS ON THE SANTA CRUZ RIVER
Monday, March 30, 5-7pm
Come along for a relaxing evening with Coalition staff on the northwest side of Tucson as we explore the Cortaro Road and Ina Road bat project. Conservation Science Director Jessica Moreno will show us how to identify wildlife tracks along the Santa Cruz River, where we may see sign of bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, and even badger. Get crafty and make your own plaster cast of your favorite animal track to take home. We will visit the bat boxes and talk about why they are the most successful man-made bat habitats in the country to date. At dusk, we can sit back and enjoy your drink of choice while watching the spectacular bat outflight against a backdrop of the glorious desert sunset. Maximum 8 people. Family friendly, kids welcome!
Local bats take flight at dusk. Photo by Jessica Moreno.
CSDP supporters Caleb Pocock, Megan Kettner, Susan Husband, and Carol Foster on a Bats & Tracks field trip to the Ina Road bat boxes with CSDP Conservation Science Director Jessica Moreno in December 2019.
If you are interested in any of the above field trips, please fill out this brief SURVEY to let us know which trips you are interested in attending. Field trips will be filled on a first come, first serve basis and the RSVP deadline is Wednesday, March 18. After you fill out the survey, we will send you a personal email to confirm your attendance on the field trip. We can’t wait to get to know you more out in the field!
In early March 2019, the Coalition’s second annual Critter Cam Field day took place at Catalina State Park, serving over 400 local children. Thanks to an amazing team of volunteers, the activities went off without a hitch! Coalition volunteer Craig Civalier wrote the poem below in celebration of the day – thanks so much Craig!
Critter Cam Day
The kids were good today,
Buzzing round like bees,
Ran out of pencils,
Borrowed my pen,
Burrows in C4, ha-ha,
Microclimate close to the ground,
Water in D3,
Invasive species on the trail,
On to the critter cameras
Funny faces for evermore,
Weathered rock in C2,
Crumbled in your hand,
Butterflies keeping score,
This tree is your family,
Praying mantis ponds,
Scattered in the bush,
Handed thank you notes,
By three young girls,
Please take up science,
And save the planet.
© Craig Civalier
A huge THANK YOU to all our partners that helped make the 2019 Critter Cam Field Day for Kids a huge success, including:
Catalina Foothills School District (especially teachers Charlotte Ackerman and Kelly Taylor)
Arizona Game and Fish Department (Mark Hart)
Tucson Audubon Society
Sky Island Alliance (Bryon Lichtenhan)
Kris Brown aka Mr. Pack Rat
Coalition volunteers Jefferson Stensrud, Craig Civalier, Keith Kleber, Josh Skattum, Margie O’Hare, Carl Boswell, Axhel Munoz, and Kate Randall
Pima County Master Naturalists volunteers Peggy Ollerhead, Vicki Ettleman, Josh Skattum, Kathleen Sudano, and Melissa Loeschen
Catalina State Park
All the parents chaperones
The students for their never-ending curiosity and enthusiasm
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, 1859 W. Grant Rd., #111
Details: There will be information available about Ironwood Forest National Monument, food trucks, brewery tours, snacks, and a slide show!
A pdf flyer about the event can be downloaded here. Please share with your friends and other community members who care about the Ironwood Forest National Monument!
We hope to see you there!
Because of your ongoing support and passion for the Sonoran Desert, the Oracle Road wildlife crossings are finished and animals are crossing this highway safely. We even recently released footage of deer using the new wildlife bridge. If you didn’t see it then, check it out today.
On Tuesday, May 10th, at 9am we are hosting a press conference announcing the completion, followed by a celebration of the successful Oracle Road wildlife crossings. Pima County has graciously offered to provide funding for this wonderful event.
We’ll meet at the Santa Catalina Catholic Church parking lot adjacent to the wildlife bridge. Guests will be able to tour the wildlife bridge on a guided walk and learn more about the project from the Coalition, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson Audubon Society, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Pima County, Regional Transportation Authority, and other partners. Following the walk, we’ll move down the road to Pusch Ridge Stables (behind the wildlife underpass) to enjoy refreshments and celebrate this success together.
We hope you can join us to celebrate this milestone for the Sonoran Desert and see the accomplishment up close. Please email Kathleen Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (520) 388-9925 with questions and please RSVP here.
When: Tuesday, May 10th, 9am
What: 9am Press conference and one-time only guided walk up to the wildlife bridge
10am Celebration with refreshments at Pusch Ridge Stables and an optional hike to see the new wildlife underpass (0.6 miles round-trip)
Where: Meet at the Santa Catalina Catholic Church at 9am and please park in the lower lot (14380 N Oracle Rd). After a tour of the bridge, join us at Pusch Ridge Stables at 10am (13700 N Oracle Rd) for a reception with refreshments and an optional hike to the wildlife underpass.