US-MX Border

Witnessing border wall construction in the Patagonia Mountains, AZ (January 2021).
Witnessing border wall construction in the Huachuca Mountains, AZ (November 2020).
After only three months, our camera array detected so much more than just the mammals we set out to study.

The southern international border of the United States of America spans roughly 2,000 miles and the Trump administration tried to build a wall across the entire length of this boundary. The border is not only a social and political divide, but is a vital ecological crossroads for tropical and temperate species that make this region the most biodiverse region in North America. Through January 2021, the southern border of Arizona was severed by wall spanning nearly 2/3 the length of the state.

Expansive grasslands and oak woodlands blanket the remote borderlands of Southern Arizona, providing migration pathways for pronghorn, black bear, ocelot, jaguar, mountain lion, and of course bobcat too. I don’t want to live in a world where the border stops these animals in their tracks. I want to protect their home and our borderland communities.