Field Notes

Tucson VA to Hold Veteran Resource Fair, Town Hall event

June 20, 2017

Southern Arizona VA Health Care System will be holding a Veteran Resource Fair and Town Hall event on Saturday, June 10. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend the event that will take place from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. at the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium at 3601 S. Sixth Avenue.

More than 1,000 Nonprofits Set to Participate in Arizona Gives Day Next Week

Arizona Gives Day is a grassroots, statewide day of giving that invites Arizonans to support their favorite causes. Donations can be scheduled in advance (to be processed on Tuesday, April 4) at or can be submitted day-of on April 4. Hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum, and presented by…
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Elusive Jaguar Glimpsed in AZ Could Be Game Changer

A new jaguar sighting in Arizona is raising lots of questions. It’s the third big cat caught on camera prowling the state since 2012. The photo is little more than a glimpse, a partial image of a jaguar wandering the Dos Cabezas mountains, but it was enough for wildlife experts to know they’ve never seen…
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A Tale of Two Walls

Along a remote stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border, two visions for the climate-changed future are unfolding. The U.S. Border Patrol agent was positioned behind a rust-colored vehicle barrier, on the other side of the international boundary line. He stopped when he saw me, bent down and taking a picture of grass. I was examining a tuft…
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Sky Islands: Magical Mountains Arising from the Middle of Earth’s Deserts

Sky Islands definitely do exist. What are they? Some people believe them to be the magical floating mountains in the movie Avatar. No… but I can tell you something about those floating mountains, first.

Trump’s Wall May Threaten Thousands of Plant and Animal Species on the U.S.-Mexico Border

The region—called the Sky Islands—harbors more than 7,000 species, many of which struggle to cross human-made obstructions After nightfall last November 16 a sleek and rare wild cat sauntered past a remote camera in the Dos Cabezas Mountains east of Tucson, Ariz. The animal triggered a motion sensor and a camera flash popped. Frozen in…
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Environmentalists Face Uphill Battle with Proposed Border Wall

As the bidding war for the construction of President Donald Trump’s wall comes to a close, many environmental activists remain concerned over the potential impact it will have on wildlife and ecology on the border. The wall could affect a broad range of animal and plant species as well as water flow along border territory.

America’s Attempt to Bring Back Jaguars Will End with Trump’s Wall

The male jaguars crossing from Mexico to the US will soon be locked out. With a scratch of a pen, President Trump could’ve very literally closed the door on any jaguars hoping to make a home in the American Southwest. The jaguar, extirpated from the United States since the mid-20th century, has been making some…
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Connecting the Sky Islands

Although we live in one of the most arid places in the world, Tucson is located in the middle of a biological “sea.” There are 57 forested mountains with peaks at elevations between 3,000 and 10,000 feet that make up what’s known as the Madrean Sky Island region, or the Madrean Archipelago. Stretching from northern…
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Trump’s Mexican Border Wall Would Be an Ecological Disaster

June 19, 2017

What we build on the border impacts more than just humans. President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday pushing ahead one of his signature campaign stumps—the construction of a massive $14-20 billion wall along the 2,000-mile-long border with Mexico, designed to deter illegal immigrants and drugs from entering the United States.