Annual Science Conference

                         Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference
                       Geronimo Event Center 

                      4 Rattlesnake Canyon Road Rodeo, New Mexico

                     Friday, April 12, 2024 9:45 am NM/ 8:45 am AZ

                        Click or copy link to attend   virtually:

9:45-10:00 Myles Traphagen & Channing Moore,  Science Coordinator & Executive Director, Malpai Borderlands Group

Introduction  & Welcome

10:00-10:30 Jordan Sene, Borderlands Restoration Network
“Borderlands Earth Care Youth (BECY) Restoration in the Malpai”
10:30- 11:00 Megan Lopez, Conservation Leadership, Colorado State University
“Jaguar Conflict & Coexistence: Perspective from a Southern Belize Biological Corridor”

11:00- 11:30 Jesse Alston, University of Arizona
“The Past, Present, and Future of Wildlife-Livestock Interactions in Kenya”

11:30- 12:00 Eamon Harrity Sky Island Alliance
“Wildlife Monitoring on the US-Mexico Border at San Bernardino NWR”

12:00- 1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:00 Dan Dagget Author, Speaker 

“Ranching To Rejoin Nature"

2:00-2:30 AndrewAntaya, University of Arizona
“Virtual Fencing on the Santa Rita Experimental Range”

2:30- 3:00  Kristen Lear, Bat Conservation International
“Conservation of an Agave Corridor for Bats and People: Agave Restoration in the
American Southwest"

3:00-3:30 Philip A. Pearthree Arizona Geological Survey 

“The 1877 Sonora Earthquake in the San Bernardino Valley”

3:30-4:00 A.T. Cole, The Pitchfork Ranch
“Restoring the Pitchfork Ranch" 

4:00 Final Questions and Adjourn


                      Our goal is to restore and maintain the natural processes that create and protect a 
unfragmented landscape to support a diverse, flourishing community of
plant and animal life in our borderlands region.
                      Together, we will accomplish this by working to encourage profitable ranching 
and other traditional livelihoods, which will sustain the open space nature of
our land for generations to come.








In July of 2010 the Board of Directors of the Malpai Borderlands Group voted to establish a scholarship fund, in the memory of former Malpai Board Member Rob Krentz, to assist worthy high school graduates in the Malpai Borderlands region with furthering their education.



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Following are links to past issues of the 
Malpai Borderlands Group Newsletters 
from 1994 to the present year. 
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Malpai Borderlands Group Brochure


We are a grassroots, landowner-driven nonprofit organization attempting to implement ecosystem management on nearly one million acres of virtually unfragmented open-space landscape in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.

The Malpai Borderlands area includes the San Bernardino Valley, the Peloncillo Mountains, the Animas Valley and the Animas Mountains. It is roughly pyramid shaped, with the base of the pyramid beginning just east of Douglas, Arizona along the Mexican Border to just west of Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The apex is just south of Animas, New Mexico.

With elevations ranging from 3500 to 8500 feet, the Malpai is a diverse area of mountains, canyons, valleys and riparian corridors. Several rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species are found here. It is the only place in the U.S. where Gould's turkey and white-sided jackrabbits occur naturally. It is also home to popular big-game species such as Coues deer, mule deer, pronghorn and Desert Bighorn sheep.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this huge landscape is that fewer than 100 human families reside on it. Many of the families who live here have been here for generations. Except for two small wildlife preserves, this is cattle ranching country. As ranchers, we have been concerned about a key resource we depend on for our livelihoods and way of life - the diminishing quality of grasslands for grazing. Fragmentation of the landscape, beginning with the subdivision of some ranches in our area, has also been a looming threat.

We formed a nonprofit organization to bring ranchers, scientists, and key agencies together, and today the Malpai Borderlands Group now carries out a series of conservation programs and activities, including land restoration; endangered species habitat protection; cost-sharing range and ranch improvements; and land conservation projects.

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