Archive for December, 2009


December 16, 2009


8-day cycling event ends after 350 mile trip from Nogales, Arizona

Riders present 363 citizen endorsements of jaguar recovery to federal wildlife agency

20 cyclists in all, 4 pedal the whole event

Citizen Statement of Support for Jaguar Recovery presented to Mr. Steve Spangle of the US Fish & Wildlife Service by Dr. Tony Povilitis (at podium) and cyclists, with State Representatives Daniel Patterson and Nancy Young Wright looking on.




Starting line up at Pena Blanca Lake on the Coronado National Forest near Nogales, AZ, April 15, 2010. Left to right: Diane Flannery, Gary Flannery, Eric Holle, Tony Povilitis, Turtle Southern, D.J. Trebec, Dusti Becker, Heather Batts, Craig Miller, Casey Wollschlaeger, Julie Miller.

JBATERS leaving Collosal Cave Mountain Park on a cool morning, April 17, headed into Tucson.


"Jaguars" Eric Holle and DJ Trebec encounter border barrier...


Now what? Gotta have room to roam...

Sure wish I had a tree to climb!

Craig Miller talks "jaguar" with Border Patrol official

On the road again in southern Arizona…

Turtle gives a jaguar talk at Sonoita Fire House, April 16.


"Jaguars" Dusti and Tony intrepidly approach road crossing...

Whew! Made it...but what about the big I-10?

JABAT wins 1st place ("adults") in Tucson Parade, April 17, with help from "Big Jaguar," compliments of the Center for Biological Diversity.


Team JBAT relaxes at Gary LaCroix's place in Mammoth.

Rene Barbaree (red) hosts JBAT in Oracle.

State Rep. Daniel Patterson joins cyclists in Phoenix.

Phoenix Zoo: She would love to roam southern Arizona too...

Wild habitat along JBAT route awaits jaguar's return.

More Photos

JBAT wins 1st place in Earth Day parade


Hugs to all the JBAT riders:

Heather Batts, Dusti Becker, Ian Fritz, Diane Flannery, Gary Flannery, Andrea Gaines, Eric Holle, Mike Ingrahm, Anna Knapp, Joyce Kolbrer, Craig Miller, Julie Miller, anonymous, Lee Mortimer, Pacific Sommers, Turtle Southern, Daniel Patterson, Tony Povilitis, J.D. Trebec.

A big “thank you” to our hosts for overnight stays and/or presentation arrangements: 

Renee Barbaree, Paul Hirt, Gary La Croix, Jennifer Parks, Natalie Robb, Tim Storer,  Paul Wolterbeek.

Gratitude for special assistance to:

Ross Andrews, Sergio Avila, Center for Biological Diversity, Andrea Gaines, Diana Hadley, Annette Heath, Anna Knapp, Erin Maupin, Bonnie and David Miller, Rep. Daniel Patterson, Northern Jaguar Project, Monique Shaffer, Randy Serraglio, Sky Island Alliance, Sonoita Fire House, Tucson Earth Day Festival, Larry Vereen, Susan Wettington, Jan Zinkel

Appreciation for attending the Earth Day Rally to:

Rep. Pat Flemming, Rep. Daniel Patterson, Steve Spangle, Rep. Nancy Young Wright

T-shirt Art by:

Miriam Glade

Special thanks to:


Event organized by:

Dr. Tony Povilitis

Life Net Nature

For the jaguar and the wild spirit shared by all living things

Pedal up!









APRIL 15-22, 2010 






Join us for all or part of this 8-day 300 mile bike trip to support recovery of the jaguar as a native species of the USA. 


Not sure if you can ride? No problem, join us on the road. See our Day by Day Schedule.

The trip begins in the beautiful mountains of southern Arizona and ends in Phoenix on EARTH DAY, April 22. We’ll pass through great country and the towns of Nogales, Patagonia, Sonoita, Tucson, Oracle, Mammoth, Globe, and Superior along the way.

En route we’ll build support for jaguar conservation with evening presentations and other activities. In Phoenix we will deliever the Citizens’ Statement of support for jaguar recovery, hold a rally, and enjoy a closing fiesta. Click here for a map of the general route.

Frequently Asked Questions: Logistics

Aspiring rider with JBAT t-shirt

One of our two back designs

Even if you can’t cycle you can help in very important ways: 

1. If you live along the J BAT route, you can help spread word of the event in your area, help organize a local community event, or host or find hosts for cyclists in need of evening accommodations.  (Anyone offering a hot tub along the way will become an instant hit with participants) 

2. You can help with media contacts, by driving a support vehicle, by getting endorsements for the Citizens’ Statement, or by offering art work, food, a cold drink, and a friendly smile.  

3. Please consider sending a donation for the JBAT, as funds are needed to produce some really cool Jaguar T-shirts for participants and supporters, banners, bumper stickers (maybe), and some surprises. Send your check payable to: 

Life Net, 6423 South Bascom Trail, Willcox, AZ 85643, Indicate on your check “for Jaguar Bike-a-thon.” 


On the JBAT SIGN UP SHEET indicate when and how you’d like to participate. Then, send your reponse to: Tony Povilitis, 

Or leave your message below. Indicate if you want to be a cyclist or a support person. Tony will get back to you and provide further details. 

 Help circulate the JBAT flyer!

We extend our thanks to the Northern Jaguar Project and the Center for Biological Diversity for posting notice of the JBAT. Much appreciated! See NJP and CBD announcements.

Urgent Appeal to Conservation Biologists

December 9, 2009

The US Fish & Wildlife Service is in the process of deciding on whether to end its  long neglect of the jaguar and develop a recovery plan and protection for  jaguar habitat in the U.S.

Please contact Mr. Gary Frazer of the Service’s endangered species office in support of a new, progress policy for the jaguar. For details, please read our appeal to wildlife biologists, zoologists, and other professionals working in the field of conservation biology. Dr. Tony Povilitis of the Jaguar Habitat Campaign spoke with Gary Frazer on December 7, and encourages others to contact him at this critical time.

Related professional news:  

The American Society of Mammalogists strongly supports a recovery program to restore the jaguar as a native species of the U.S., passing a resolution to that effect in 2007. Read its recent letter to the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Dr. Brian Miller and Dr. Howard Quigley, big cat biologists, have also been urging the US Fish & Wildlife Service to develop a recovery plan and create a scientific team for the jaguar.  They envision a recovery area extending from northern Arizona and New Mexico to the Mexican states of Sonora and Sinaloa. If you’d like copies of their memos please contact Dr. Tony Povilitis at

Biologist Dave Parsons, who headed the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program for 9 years, also encourages the US Fish & Wildlife Service to move ahead with a recovery program for the jaguar. Read his message to Mr. Frazer.