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Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, AZ (Nov 3rd - Nov 9th 2019)

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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 focus on creating an improved habitat for ground birds, specifically for the endangered Masked Bobwhite Quail. This endangered birds are raised and released on the Refuge. Work will include hauling trees and limbs (which have been cut by a prior team) into brush piles where the Masked Bobwhite Quail can seek refuge. Other work will include working with hand saws to create "half cuts" which will also provide a shelter for birds. We will seek to create open spaces and brush-covered areas for Quail to seek shelter. We will also be placing large cut mesquite into eroded washes where it will slow rainwater runoff.

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

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Check out more photos from last years Buenos Aires project in our gallery.


Nov 3rd - Nov 9th 2019

Service Project

Creating open spaces punctuated by brush-covered areas to enhance the habitat of the endangered Mask

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Free Days

Hiking, photography, sunning, relaxing


Car/tent camping at volunteer campground

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Bending, digging, lifting, carrying, cutting, hauling.


Don Meaders
Caroline Williams

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