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March 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pmFree
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Survey Details: Surveys are walking transect surveys. Surveyors spread out in a line about 20m apart and walk forward, flushing jackrabbits as they walk, and record each animal. Each survey is about a mile long. The desert terrain varies from flat and lightly vegetated to hilly, rocky, and heavily vegetated. Other wildlife may be encountered, including snakes. Surveyors should wear long pants, boots or closed toe shoes, and appropriate clothes for the weather (hat, long sleeved shirt). Bring water, snacks, lunch if you’d like and sunscreen is advised.
Meeting @ 8am on the corner of Sasabe Highway (Highway 286) and Arivaca Road (approx. coordinates 31.646625, -111.498633). General directions from Tucson: go west on Ajo Highway (Highway 86) to Three Points. Go south on Highway 286 towards Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (BANWR). Meeting at the intersection of Highway 286 and Arivaca Road near mile marker 12. It’s about an hour and a half drive from the University of Arizona. Note that you will have to go through a Border Patrol checkpoint to reach BANWR.
Camping is available on Friday evening on the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge at campsite 8 off of Highway 286, off the east side of the road, north of mile marker 17. This is primitive camping, with no facilities or water. Please plan accordingly. The campsite is about 5 miles from the meeting spot. Three Points is about 27 miles to the north of the campsite.
After we meet at 8am on Saturday, we’ll caravan to the first survey location on BANWR. We will do the survey, get back to our vehicles, and caravan to King’s Anvil Ranch (off of Highway 286 about 8 miles south off Three Points) for the second survey. Surveys should be done by 1pm.
Please read through the details thoroughly. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to me (Maria at email@example.com) by 2/23/18 so I can get a head count and make sure we have enough participants.
If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to email, call, or text!