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Crisis at Mexico’s National Commission for Natural Protected Areas: A text for beginners

Celebrities, citizens, experts, public servants and legislators have spoken up today for a practically unknown agency of the Mexican Federal Government. Here, I explain what is CONANP and why it should matter to you. Leer en español aquí The National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (CONANP is its Spanish acronym) is the federal agency of Continue reading “Crisis at Mexico’s National Commission for Natural Protected Areas: A text for beginners”

Las Áreas Naturales Protegidas y…Explotadas en México

Read in English here Para Pepe, habitante de Álamos, Sonora, la sobrevivencia del Área Natural Protegida Sierra de Álamos–Río Cuchujaqui está en riesgo. El hermoso paisaje que le rodea—y que alberga una amplia variedad de especies de flora y fauna, como ceibas, cedros, guacamayas verdes y algunos de los grandes felinos de México, como jaguares, Continue reading “Las Áreas Naturales Protegidas y…Explotadas en México”

Natural Protected—and Exploited—Areas in Mexico

Leer en español aquí For Pepe, a local resident of Álamos, Sonora, Mexico, the survival of the Sierra de Álamos–Río Cuchujaqui Natural Protected Area is at risk. The beautiful landscape that surrounds it—home to a wide variety of species of flora and fauna like ceibas, cedars, green macaws, and some of the great felines of Continue reading “Natural Protected—and Exploited—Areas in Mexico”

Challenges and Opportunities for Transboundary Conservation in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Leer una versión en español abajo Conserving the shared ecosystems and species of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands depends on understanding who is in charge of managing the land that species need to recover, persist and thrive. Yet we often ignore or are overwhelmed by the land management aspects of conservation, especially in Mexico where ownership and Continue reading “Challenges and Opportunities for Transboundary Conservation in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands”

Promoting Wildlife-friendly Roads in Sonora, Mexico

Road ecology is a topic that is increasingly generating interest in society. Photographs and stories of wildlife crossings appear more frequently on social media and in press around the world, and legislators have presented bills in favor of these structures. This momentum was noticeable during the second Road Ecology Workshop, held on September 6 in Continue reading “Promoting Wildlife-friendly Roads in Sonora, Mexico”

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Wildlands Network Staff Present at the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation

The California capital city of Sacramento was host to the Tenth Biennial International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET) held from September 22 to 26. 570 delegates from 19 countries attended the four-day conference, including six staff members from Wildlands Network who attended and presented at three sessions. Topics at the conference ranged from camera Continue reading “Wildlands Network Staff Present at the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation”

People Are Helping Animals Cross Highways—And That’s Great for Humans, Too

Chief Scientist Dr. Ron Sutherland spoke with Nation Swell, a digital outlet focused on solutions to problems facing the U.S., about the critical importance of wildlife crossings and our work to establish and protect wildlife crossings through policy at the state and federal levels, with a shout out to the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act that was introduced in May. Photo: Oxana / Adobe Stock

Achieving Shared Goals: New U.S. Jaguar Recovery Plan Affirms Wildlands Network’s Conservation Strategy

On April 24, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the final Jaguar Recovery Plan. Many of the recovery actions proposed in the plan reaffirm Wildlands Network’s key strategies for protecting and enhancing jaguar populations in Mexico and the U.S., while also demonstrating the need for continued robust advocacy with government officials to improve and strengthen the official recovery programs. Photo: © milosk50 / Adobe Stock

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Annual Mexican Wolf Count Shows Hope for the Species, but More Still Needs to Be Done

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) service reported earlier today that the Mexican gray wolf population had increased from 114 individuals in 2018 to 131 individuals in 2019. Kim Crumbo, Senior Carnivore Advocate for Wildlands Network, said that while the increase is good news, there is still much to be done to recover the endangered Mexican wolf to sustainable population levels. Wildlands Network encourages FWS to act upon the best available science for this species. Photo: Juan Carlos Bravo

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Border Construction Concerns Conservation Groups, Wildlife Experts

KVOA, a local news station in Tucson, Arizona, interviewed our borderlands coordinator, Myles Traphagen, about the Pentagon’s recent transfer of $1 billion to build the border wall in Arizona, California, and New Mexico. If such a wall is built, it will facilitate an ecological disaster, cutting off iconic species who call both the U.S. and Continue reading “Border Construction Concerns Conservation Groups, Wildlife Experts”