An exciting volunteer program offers you an opportunity to provide Tucson residents with information about safely coexisting with Arizona’s wildlife, especially in urban areas.
Pima County has maintained a healthy proportion of urban wildlife habitats that provide food, shelter and stopping points in migratory patterns to a vast array of critters. People living in Tucson can safely enjoy many species of wildlife including mountain lions, bobcats, rodents, raptors, gila monsters, black bears, bats, raccoons, coyote, javelina and woodpeckers. The Arizona Fish and Game Department brings us ongoing education that increases our awareness and appreciation for conservation, restoration and management of wildlife species in urban areas. Fostering an appreciation for wildlife can be challenging as their needs often infringe on ours and vice versa. Sometimes wildlife encounters involve non-violent conflict such as javelina overturning garbage cans, woodpeckers drumming on evaporative coolers or packrats eating the electrical wires in motor vehicles. Conflicts can become dangerous and at times potentially fatal. Preventing problems with wildlife is less aggravating than dealing with potentially dangerous aftermath. Often out of fear or ignorance, humans may create or escalate a situation. For example, someone walking his or her dog may suddenly come face-to-face with a charging, teeth crackling and growling javelina. Without the knowledge base of understanding coyotes, akin to dogs, is a javelina’s main predator, one might wonder why this non-aggressive mammal would behave so defensively. Sonoran Desert dwellers need to be educated on how to behave responsibly around wildlife. Do you have a desire to teach Tucsonians how to live with urban wildlife? Don’t miss this opportunity to deliver public education programs that provide practical tips for living with Southwestern wildlife without conflict. The Arizona Game and Fish Department have collaborated with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation to disseminate information to the public on ways to discourage wildlife from becoming a risk to our Tucson residents. This year on September 21, 22 and 24, volunteers will receive three 3-hour sessions to train in the operation of a digital slide presentation; history of our native wildlife; become familiar with the mobile unit, and prepare appropriate responses to questions from the public.With a minimal volunteer commitment, you will encourage the wonder and curiosity of wildlife, which enriches our capacity for exploration, creativity and discovery.
Age: 16 and over
Training: 9:00 am – Noon on 9/21, 9/22, 9/24
Commitment: 2 hours a month for one year following training
Location: 3482 E. River Road – Brandi Fenton Memorial Park Visitor Center
Contact: 520-615-7855 or firstname.lastname@example.org