Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge


I was looking forward to visiting the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, perhaps catching a glimpse of a pronghorn or the pygmy-owl. But sadly, as a result of the ineffective response to unwanted border crossings, my experiences were with humans.

Before I was able to exit my vehicle at a small “visitor center” information area, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service vehicle, manned by two men decked out in bullet-proof vests and sidearms, pulled in beside me.

They exited, interrupting my intent to pee, and proceeded to question my presence.

After they convinced themselves the woman driving Subaru with Vermont plates was not likely a member of those groups trying to supply humanity to the border crossing issue, I was asked if I had a weapon.

The officer went on to say, “a woman out here alone…”

Despite the piss-poor welcoming committee, my K9s and I spent an excellent couple of nights under the stars.

No wildlife glimpses, but once you see and hear how environmentally disruptive the activities of the Border Patrol and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are, it is understandable.

If you are interested in learning more about the situation along the border, I recommend reading, “The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands” by Margaret Regan.


Teddy Bear Cholla (Opuntia bigelovi)

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Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge⁩, ⁨Tucson⁩, ⁨AZ

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Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge⁩, ⁨Tucson⁩, ⁨AZ

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Baboquivari Mountains

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