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Tucson VA to Hold Veteran Resource Fair, Town Hall event

June 1, 2017: Tucson News Now

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.

Environmentalists Face Uphill Battle with Proposed Border Wall

May 14, 2017: Cronkite News

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.

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

May 10, 2017: Scientific American

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 stride halfway through the frame was a jaguar, its pointy black ears splotched with yellow. Federal wildlife officials later scrutinized the image their camera caught, comparing the animal’s markings with jaguars spotted elsewhere in Arizona in recent years. No match—this was a new migrant.

Sky Islands: Magical Mountains Arising from the Middle of Earth’s Deserts

May 2, 2017: Forbes

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.

In letter to president, 450 organizations oppose any efforts to remove or decrease protections for any national monuments

May 1, 2017: The Wilderness Society

Dear President Trump, Secretary Zinke, and Secretary Ross,

On behalf of the 450 undersigned organizations and our millions of members across the country, we are writing to express our deep concern with your recent Executive Orders and our unified opposition to any efforts to remove or decrease protections for any national monuments.

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

March 31, 2017: PR Web

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 azgives.org or can be submitted day-of on April 4.

Hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum, and presented by FirstBank, Arizona Gives Day has raised more than $7.4 million for Arizona nonprofits since its founding in 2013.

Elusive Jaguar Glimpsed in AZ Could Be Game Changer

March 3, 2017: Public News Service

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 this cat before.

Connecting the Sky Islands

March 1, 2017: Edible Baja Arizona

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 Mexico into southeastern Arizona and western New Mexico, these sky islands are characterized by their oak, pine, and aspen-laden apexes, though they are isolated from each other by wide expanses of desert and grassland—“seas” that operate as wildlife corridors between each unique mountain ecosystem.

A Tale of Two Walls

February 15, 2017: NACLA

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 of sacaton, one of the several varieties of native grasses brought back to life by one of the largest ecological restoration projects on the U.S.-Mexico border, at the San Bernardino Ranch, located about 12 miles east of Agua Prieta/Douglas.

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

January 26, 2017: Motherboard

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 attempts at a comeback, with some gingerly creeping across the border from Mexico into Arizona and New Mexico.

Trump’s Mexican Border Wall Would Be an Ecological Disaster

January 15, 2017: Vice Motherboard

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.

It’s Open Studio Season

October 20, 2016: Tucson Weekly

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.

Borderlands Cat

September 1, 2016: Earth Island Journal

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 water source for miles around.