In western North America, Wildlands Network envisions the worldâ€™s most extensive network of protected, connected lands: the 6,000-mile Western Wildway, also know as the Spine of the Continent.
As part of the Western Wildway Priority Wildlife Corridor, Caja plays a critical role in connecting a vital wildlife corridor that runs along the Upper Rio Grande Watershed from the state of Colorado through New Mexico. The plateau and canyons are vital habitat for a diverse range of plants and animals. Beyond the large, iconic predators and prey, the Caja is home to gray fox, badger, burrowing owls, mountain plover, long-billed curlew, and spotted bat. A threatened songbird, the gray vireo, can be spotted among the junipers and piÃ±ons on the plateau. The Caja is one of the last great opportunities to protect the West as it has existed for thousands of years.