Archive for February, 2010

Time for the Jaguar

February 2, 2010

Once in a long while something big happens that improves our relationship with nature. Here in the Southwest, I think we are on the cusp of that now with the real possibility of restoring the jaguar as a native species.
Saving the jaguar means renewing our commitment to honor nature and prevent her disappearance from our culture. The return of the jaguar would help revitalize our sense of natural wonder, and the wild spirit upon which we thrive.
Historically, jaguars lived in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, with some reports as far north as Colorado and east to the Ohio Valley and the Appalachian Mountains. They were decimated by hunting and efforts to eliminate wild predators.
You may know that the US Fish & Wildlife Service has announced after many years of debate that it will prepare a recovery plan for the jaguar. But what comes next will depend on public interest. And that’s where you and I come in:
1. Support the Jaguar Bike-A-Thon (JBAT) in Arizona, 15-22 April. You can bicycle for all or part of the trip, help on the ground with direct support for cyclists, or send a donation to help us cover costs for t-shirts, camping permits, lodging, transportation, and other expenses (__$20 __$50 __$100 or other amount – tax deductible: make your check payable to Life Net and mail to 6423 South Bascom Trail, Willcox, AZ 85643).
The JBAT will begin at a campground in the oak woodlands near the US-Mexico border near Nogales, AZ, then continue north through the towns of Patagonia, Tucson, Oracle, and Globe, ending with a rally in Phoenix on Earth Day. It’s about 300 miles in all.
2. Endorse the Citizens’ Statement of Support for Recovering the Jaguar as a Native Species of the U.S. Send me your name and address and I’ll add you to our endorsement list. The support statement will be delivered at the end of the JBAT to the US Fish & Wildlife Service on Earth Day, April 22.
Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions or would like to discuss any details.
For the jaguar,
Tony Povilitis, PhD
Jaguar Habitat Campaign