First days in the books for the Field School! The team kicked things off in the San Rafael Valley learning more about the challenges, wildlife, and story of the borderlands. They examined dried creek beds, discussed the positive impacts of intentional cattle grazing, and explored a section of the Santa Cruz river that beavers have returned to! The second day was spent exploring parts of the Wildlife Corridor just north of Patagonia, checking wildlife cameras, learning about rock structures built to combat erosion, and watching harvester ants gather seeds.
On Wednesday, the team headed to Mexico. Schedule includes working on a restoration project on Mexico's portion of the Santa Cruz River, measuring the impacts of rangeland management on ecosystem services and learning about restorative enterprises restoring grasslands while producing saleable and tasty Sotol. We expect a fun-filled and educative week spent exploring the borderlands and the restoration economy growing here.
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