Title: Multi National Conservation in an era of Border Security

Convener: Scott Warren

Participants: Seth Munson, Richard Felger, Cathy Marlett, Lyn Loveless, Kim McCue, Carmen Gutieres, Manuel Salvador Galindo, Alexander Iriondo, Scott Warren, Angelina Martinez Yrizar, Helen Ingraham, Bill Broyles, Eric Garcia, Alberto Burquez, Marina Meza, Horacio Gonzalez, Barbara Larrain, Elisa Villalpando, Evelyn Rios, Sula Vanderplank, Arturo Ramirez Valdez, Andres Lira, Xavier Lopez Medellin, Carlos Figueroa Beltran, Ivone Giffaro Mena, Danielle Carter, Enriqueta Bustamante Ortega, Chris DiVittorio

Discussion:

Undocumented migration and smuggling across the Mexico-U.S. border poses challenges and creates new opportunities for Sonoran Desert researchers. Human/drug smuggling organizations and law enforcement are locked into an arms race where each side tries to gain advantage over the other. This struggle plays out across the Sonoran Desert affecting protected conservation areas, Indigenous nations and others. Researchers are prohibited access in some areas, and in other areas there