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The status of beaver (Castor canadensis) in northeastern Sonora, Mexico, is uncertain. We surveyed the Cajon Bonito River to assess the beaver’s status and habitat and found five colonies. Limiting factors appear to be pollution due to animal waste, deforestation of riparian trees, and human exploitation. Beavers did not appear to require habitat diversity as much as dense riparian and aquatic vegetation in waters with low organic content. These kinds of studies are imperative to…

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A young Mount Graham red squirrel, which was staying very still, perhaps attempting to prevent detection.

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Thirty-eight plant taxa are reported for Sonora, Mexico, for the first time. Specimens, observations, and images are deposited in herbaria and are available in the SEINet online databases.

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We used data from eight years of camera trapping at Rancho El Aribabi, a cattle ranch and conservation property in northern Sonora, Mexico, to examine the ecology of the northern-most known breeding population of ocelots (Leopardus pardalis). Ocelots were found mostly in two discrete and disjunct areas: a riverine riparian canyon at just less than 1,000 masl elevation and along arroyos in an oak-mesquite savanna in the Sierra Azul at 1,266–1,406 masl. An ocelot was also detected at a site…

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Interest in the new philosophy of ecosystem management led the Forest Service to sponsor a study of past land use in the Lone Mountain/San Rafael Valley Ecosystem Project Area, part of the Sierra Vista Ranger District of Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona. In order to better understand the cumulative impacts on the project area, the agency requested an historical chronology of human occupation of the area, with a focus on natural resource use and an analysis of the impacts of…