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Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, AZ (Nov 5th - Nov 11th 2017)

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The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1985 to preserve and restore the natural desert landscape and wildlife of over 115,000 acres in southern Arizona. The rolling hills of grasslands, river banks lined with Cottonwood and willow, and seasonal marshlands are home to a multitude of wildlife including pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, javelina, gray hawks, black-bellied whistling ducks, jackrabbits, skunk, rattlesnakes, desert tortoises, quail and Gila monsters. Brown Canyon is located on the west side of the refuge at the foothills of the Baboquivari mountains; its sycamore lined stream meanders through 200 million year-old volcanic rocks and is home to coatimundi, mountain lions and maybe even an occasional jaguar visiting from Mexico.

Our service project will be removing old interior ranch fences left over from ranching days in cooperation with volunteers from the Friends of the Buenos Aires NWR. The fence removal is part of an ongoing 15 year project by the Refuge to remove interior fences; only 47 miles of fence remain down from the over 150 miles of fences that originally existed. We will roll fence wire, pull fence posts and carry them to a UTV to be transported out to trucks for later recycling. We will be camping in a volunteer campground and the refuge will transport us to the work site each day. On our day off we can hike in Brown Canyon, explore other nearby refuge trails, or just relax and enjoy this remote and beautiful refuge.

Come give something back to the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge with Wilderness Volunteers!

This project is rated as a strenuous project.


Nov 5th - Nov 11th 2017

Service Project

Rolling wire, pulling/carrying fence posts, hiking, etc.

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Free Days

Hiking, photography, sunning, relaxing


Car/tent camping at volunteer campground

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Bending, digging, lifting, raking, hiking


Don Meaders
Caroline Williams

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