The International Natural History League again chose to send two of its most notable luminaries -- James Davison, Executive Fellow, and David F. Etzold, First Secretary -- to take the less-traveled western approach to the Chiricahua just north of the Mexan border,  a route that has seen little excitement since the days of Pancho Villa.   The flat desert landscape ends at the foot of the volcanic Chiricauhua mountains, where the soft rhyolyte has been carved into canyons by ice-age floods, and then shaped by wind erosion into haunting rock spires and pillars.  This high mountain valley encloses a unique "sky island" ecosystem -- home to such exotic animals as the elusive coatimundis.

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