PoCo's logo is the southeastern Arizona local Bumble Bee, Bombus pensylvanicus sonorus, considered by many scientists to be a separate species from the eastern U.S. population. PoCo monitors this species for citizen science projects including iNaturalist and Bumble Bee Watch, which Xerces Society, a science-based invertebrate conservation organization, is a partner.
Native thistles are favored by bumble bees because of the abundant pollen and nectar in their striking flowers.
Two of the three nectar-feeding bats found in the U.S. can be observed at hummingbird feeders in southeastern Arizona while migrating back to Mexico in late July to Fall. These species include the lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris curasaoae yerbabuenae) and the Mexican long-tongued bat (Choeronycteris mexicana). They are important pollinators of Arizona's agaves and columnar cacti, as well as fruit trees in Mexico. The wildlife camera is located in the backyard of Directors Karen and Bob.
November 2020: Pollinator Corridors is a collaborating partner on Sky Island Alliance's FotoFauna project. FotoFauna is a study conducted with wildlife camera images to discover when and where wildlife in the Sky Island region is present seasonally to better protect their habitats and pathways.
Through a generous private donation, PoCo purchased a wildlife camera to mount near a small water dish on the Thicket Patch, our pollinator restoration site in Madrean oak woodland bordering grassland at about 5,000 foot elevation. The water dish is filled by an irrigation tube and the water is circulated with a floating solar bubbler. During the day, many bird species have been seen drinking and bathing, along with insects that require water. At night, we have captured images of four large mammals (Gray fox, Raccoon, Eastern cottontail and White-tailed deer) so far. Returning wildlife is evidence of our success in restoring habitat severely burned in a 2011 wildfire to healthy habitat -- success for pollinators as well as all wildlife.