Memories and lessons learned

Local (endangered) wildlife

Maybe most of us can agree that it is tragic to lose a whole species forever due to human carelessness and lack of compassion.  A lack of vision toward the future and the indirect consequences our of political grand-standing is leading to the endangerment of many local wildlife across the border.

Much of this is as a result of the border fence that runs along the US-Mexico border which is inhibiting the migratory patterns of many animal species.  Congress gave the Department of Homeland Security the authority in 2005 to waive 36 laws protecting the environment in order to hasten border wall construction.

The US-Mexico border hosts a multitude of “threatened, endangered, and rare species,” according to an article published by the Center for Biological Diversity.   Some of these borderland animals include the Mexican gray wolf, Sonoran pronghorn, lesser long-nosed bat, cactus ferruginous pygmy owl, and jaguar.

These animals live along the US-Mexico border where there are several national parks and wildlife refuges — Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Big Bend National Park, Coronado National Forest, and Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.

The Sonoran Desert covers approximately 120,000 square miles of biodiverse land in Arizona, California, and Mexico.  It is home to more than 100 reptiles, 60 mammals, and 350 birds that are all in danger because of issues involving the border fence as well as mining, over-grazing, and off-road vehicle use, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

To check out some amazing environmental photography, take a look at the International League of Conservation Photographers, specifically their work in Baja California.

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