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2019 Critter Cam Field Day a success!

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Coalition volunteer Craig Civalier leads a group of elementary school children on a guided hike to learn more about Sonoran Desert wildlife at Catalina State Park in March 2019 during our second Critter Cam Field Day for Kids.

 

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 

 

Coalition volunteer Jefferson Stensrud lead students on a guided nature hike to learn about desert wildlife and check out one of our “Critter Cams” set up in the field.

Coalition Program and Operations Manager Whelan shows local students how to use a spotting scope to view Pusch Ridge and the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Coalition volunteer Kathie Schroeder and her hawk Sueño were an amazing addition to the Critter Cam Field Day for kids. Thank you Kathie and Sueño for all your energy and enthusiasm!

Coalition Conservation Science Director Jessica Moreno engages students with a hands-on lesson about pheromones.

Local elementary school children work on an activity learning about wildlife tracks and tracking in the beautiful desert of Catalina State Park.

 

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)

Kathie Schroeder

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

 

Have a Beer for a Bighorn on November 18th!

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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!

 

Come celebrate with us at the wildlife crossings!

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Aerial photograph of the Oracle Road wildlife bridge captured during a flight with Lighthawk over the Tucson, Arizona area on February 10, 2016. Photo courtesy Thomas Wiewandt.

Aerial photograph of the Oracle Road wildlife bridge captured during a flight with Lighthawk over the Tucson, Arizona area on February 10, 2016. Photo courtesy Thomas Wiewandt.

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 kathleen.kennedy@sonorandesert.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.

And don’t forget to RSVP HERE!