Category: External News

Where to Embark on a Sky Island Adventure

It’s the most romantic name in the world for a mountain: sky island. The two words conjure up a magical, lofty kingdom from Avatar or your favorite children’s book, and though they’re surrounded by land and not water, they possess all the island essentials. They are separate. They follow their own rules. And they are…
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Groups plan longer Tucson campaign to beat back invasive buffel grass

Doug Siegel is among thousands of volunteers on a mission to “Save Our Saguaros,” one clump of buffelgrass at a time. “The Sonoran Desert is one of the most diverse deserts in the world, and if we ignore buffelgrass and let it take over, we will see what we have disappear and be transformed into…
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Passage Prevented

For more than a year, then-candidate Donald Trump promised voters at rallies, in tweets and on debate stages that America’s very safety and sovereignty had been compromised, and the only solution was to build a wall on the porous and unprotected U.S.-Mexico border.

Up Against the Wall

On a quiet, late-spring morning in northern Sonora, Mexico, a beaver putters across a pond the size of a football field. A sinuous dam, 5 feet high, forms the pond’s southern edge. Frogs croak amid gnawed stumps, and the air is alive with birds and flying insects.

Endangered species, and the wall that could silence them

Under the starry skies over the jagged Sierra Madre foothills, Randy Young listens. He slings his hammock between two mesquites, deep in the 55,000 acres he manages for the Tucson-based Northern Jaguar Project.

Borderlands Cat

I am standing next to a tranquil, spring-fed pool in northern Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountain range. Lush grasses sway below a cliff glistening with life-giving liquid. In a nearby tree, two elegant trogons – gorgeous subtropical birds adorned in white, red, and green – settle down for the night. We’ve convened at the only reliable…
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It’s Open Studio Season

Tucson artists open their doors to show off metal jaguars, painted dreams, photos and more Way out west on Ina Road, clear past the freeway, Pat Frederick has spent the past year making jaguars.