Friday Fauna Feature: Animals Immediately Return after Fire at the Border

On May 31, 2020, lightning ignited a wildfire in the San Rafael Valley near the U.S.-Mexico border at one of Border Wildlife Study camera sites. After several days, the fire reached our wildlife camera as it burned across about 400 acres before it naturally went outFortunately, we were able to recover the memory card from the burned camera and replaced the camera, so our wildlife chronicling continued after with only a brief disruption. We are so heartened to see the immediate return of animals to the burned habitat including raccoons, deer, coyote, lizards, and birds. Enjoy this photo gallery of wildlife returning to this burned borderland habitat and remember that our Sky Island species are adapted to fire.