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Oracle Road Wildlife Crossing – Irrigation Day!
October 14, 2015, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wildlife crossings are a critical part of protecting the Tortolita-Santa Catalina Mountains wildlife linkage. A wildlife linkage connects two large, separate wildland areas, or habitat blocks, and allows animals to move from one area to another to find food, rest, mate and successfully raise young. Unless wildland habitat blocks are connected, they become isolated islands. Over time, genetic diversity declines and entire species can die out in the isolated areas.
There is a new wildlife bridge just north of Tucson that crosses Oracle Road to connect the Tortolita Mountains with the Santa Catalina Mountains. We are working with the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, the Tucson Audubon Society to install native plants on the southeast side of the wildlife crossing at the Santa Catalina Catholic Church.
For more information about the Oracle Road Wildlife Crossings:
PROJECT SCHEDULE & LOCATION
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Santa Catalina Catholic Church, located at 14380 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85739. There is plenty of parking! We will work throughout the day with a break for lunch and wrap up by around 3:00 p.m.
Our tasks will involve assembling the irrigation system, moving rocks, and digging holes. Volunteers do not need to have prior training to participate. Sky Island Alliance will provide all tools and instruction as well as extra copies of our volunteer waivers which need to be signed by each participant only once per calendar year.
WHAT TO BRING
- Water, snacks, and lunch.
- Sturdy footwear (ex. hiking boots) with closed toes is encouraged as are rain gear and sun protection (ex. wide-brimmed hat, sunblock, long sleeved shirt and long pants)