April 9, 2012
I was invited to go along on a trip to Sonora, Mexico in March of 2012 to volunteer with the Northern Jaguar Project. The group was helping make adobe bricks for some structures being built on one of the old ranches on N.J.P's 90,000 some acres of land. I had a really great time. The volunteers from the states and the crew that lived on site were all really awesome and we all had a great time and made 2003 bricks (a few more than they needed for the first building!). It was so beautiful in this amazing "edge" of two climates, where the arid Sonoran desert meets the rainforest! The flora and fauna mixture is something you just have to see to believe (oaks mixed in with mesquites, palo verde, organ pipe cactus, native palms...and a mixture of beautiful birds and butterflies, etc.). There is fresh water from a spring running through the land and a river. This is a magical place and the most remote I have ever been (4+ hours out of Sahuaripa on a one way road out and back). They are working with the local community and farmers, educating and trying to preserve a space for the jaguars (didn't see any, except on their hidden cameras) and I recommend anyone who has a chance to go lend a hand, meet some cool people and experience this really special place!
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