Local youth competed in a wild cat drawing contest, sponsored by the Patagonia Creative Arts Association (PCAA) and Borderlands Restoration Network (BRN), for a chance to have their art included in new interpretive trail signage on the Smith Canyon Loop Trail within the Borderlands Wildlife Preserve.
Judging of the 26 entries was conducted blindly by the PCAA. The five winners are Hana Bartine (Ocelot), Matteo Brancaleone (Mountain Lion), Siena Brancaleone (Bobcat), Violet Nicoll (Jaguar) and Celine Schlappy (Jaguarundi).
A new welcome kiosk has been installed at the Borderlands Wildlife Preserve just north of Patagonia. The new interpretive signage along the Smith Canyon loop is nearing completion, and is anticipated to be installed late this fall, including a special Wild Cat sign featuring the art from our Wild Cat Drawing Contest winners.
The public is encouraged and welcome to visit the Borderlands Wildlife Preserve to view the new kiosk and hike the trails. The BWP is located on the west side of Highway 82, approximately 3 miles north of Patagonia at the Wildlife Corridors sign.
Borderlands Restoration Network is a 501c3 nonprofit located in Patagonia, AZ serving southeast Arizona and Northern Mexico with a mission to partner and grow a restorative economy by rebuilding healthy ecosystems, restoring habitat for plants and wildlife, and reconnecting border communities to the land through shared learning.