Borderlands Coordinator Myles Traphagen visited the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge last month as local activists held a rally to protest the proposed border wall that would slice the refuge in half and devastate the area’s native wildlife. Photo: Myles Traphagen
In this article for Mongabay, a non-profit provider of conservation and environmental science news, Juan Carlos Bravo discusses the catastrophic effects that fencing the entire U.S.-Mexico border will have on wildlife and wild places. Photo: Brian Powell
In early November, our own Myles Traphagen, Borderlands Program Coordinator, attended a “fly-in” to Washington, D.C. to educate members of Congress about the catastrophic consequences of building a border wall. Photo: Brian Powell
Our own Katie Davis was featured in this podcast from the Center for Western Priorities. During the discussion with fellow conservationists Bryan Bird of Defenders of Wildlife and Kirin Kennedy of the Sierra Club, Katie highlights Wildlands Network’s recent border connectivity report, Four Species on the Brink, and the negative environmental impacts of the border wall. Photo: Tom Koerner, USFWS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a deeply flawed recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf. Responding to objections from state officials, the plan limits recovery efforts to south of Interstate 40 and sets population targets well below what federal scientists have determined are needed for Mexican gray wolves to be considered stable. Photo: Gary Kramer
This article in Mexican newspaper El Sol de Mexico summarizes our message that four iconic species are now imperiled by the construction of more border walls. Even if your Spanish isn’t up to snuff, the article is worth checking out, if only for the cool graphics. Photo: Tom Koerner, USFWS
A new report released today by Wildlands Network highlights how 4 wildlife species native to the U.S.-Mexico borderlands are critically imperiled by existing and proposed border wall construction. “Four Species on the Brink” summarizes habitat, population data, and bi-national conservation efforts for Sonoran pronghorn, black bear, jaguar and Mexican wolf. Photo: Juan Carlos Bravo
Wildlands Network is cosponsoring a series of events in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, which is in the immediate crosshairs of President Trump’s proposed border wall and represents the Trump Administration’s first efforts to move forward with plans to construct the wall. Photo: Katy Schaffer
The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in South Texas is under immediate threat from the Trump Administration. It pains me to think that the U.S.-Mexico border wall could destroy every wild being that calls this special place home. Photo: Katy Schaffer
Juan Carlos Bravo, director of Wildlands Network’s Mexico Program, gave this interview with TRTWorld, focusing on jaguar populations in the U.S. and Mexico and the effect of Trump’s border wall on those populations. Photo: Northern Jaguar Project/Naturalia
On May 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget to fund the federal government through the end of September 2017. The budget now moves to the Senate, with a looming deadline of Friday, May 5 at midnight for a vote. Some news outlets and Democrats have publically proclaimed this budget doesn’t include money for a border wall. They are wrong. Photo: Wildlands Network
The borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico are often misrepresented as deserted wastelands filled with contraband, dubious characters, and unwelcoming industrial cities. The essence of the borderlands region is far more complex, enriched not only by the mingling of diverse cultures, but also, notably, an astonishing diversity of life resulting from the merging of arctic and tropical climates in a convoluted topography.
Wildlands Network recently submitted comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) suggesting ways to improve their proposed jaguar recovery plan. The FWS comment deadline comes just 2 weeks after we learned some very exciting news: a new jaguar has been photo-documented in the Dos Cabezas mountains in southern Arizona! Photo: Northern Jaguar Project, Naturalia
Sign the petition to tell Congress to build bridges, not walls, along the border. Across the border, there are already over 650 miles of fencing and barriers. Our borderlands have become militarized with checkpoints, towers and armed border patrol officers who drive across our public lands and along the border at will. All of this activity has caused needless deaths of both humans and wildlife in our borderlands. Photo: Northern Jaguar Project/Naturalia
Last Monday, Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13th) introduced the “This Land is Our Land Act,” which would prohibit new construction of border barriers on public lands managed by the Department of Agriculture or Department of Interior. On Thursday, Representative Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D-NM-1st) introduced the “Build Bridges Not Walls Act” in Congress, which would prohibit the implementation of President Trump’s recent executive order directing the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.