Border Changes in Arizona — A Pilot’s Perspective

This webinar aired on Jan. 20, 2022.

How have the borderlands of southeastern Arizona changed in recent years?

From road blading, groundwater pumping, and border wall construction to extreme changes in weather and monsoon flooding, much has happened that has impacted not only people, wildlife, and water — but fragile desert landscapes too.

Join us on the one-year anniversary of President Biden’s inauguration and proclamation to pause wall construction for a real bird’s-eye view of the state of the borderlands. In this Sky Island Coffee Break, our Program Director Emily Burns hosts Greg Bedinger, a volunteer LightHawk pilot and photographer who has flown along the border many times in recent years. You’ll hear Greg’s perspective on how the borderlands have changed with evolving border policy and see a photograph time series Greg took of the San Pedro River and the Huachuca Mountains.

Finally, we wrap up discussions with an update on the battle to stop the wall and the conditions we’re seeing along the border in Arizona today. If you need a refresher on what’s happening in the borderlands, don’t miss this coffee break.

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