Ruby has worked with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to better understand and protect the area’s wildlife. A big-game fence was constructed around the perimeter to allow access for wildlife and help protect the property’s ecosystem. This fence allowed ash and many other trees to mature in an area that was overgrazed by cattle. It is now a forest with a drainage system continuing down the valley.
Several film companies have documented the biodiversity of Ruby, and one group, Oxford Scientific Films from the U.K., produced a video, “The Ghosts Of Ruby” which airs regularly on PBS and Discovery channels. Others use it for filming drama and photogenic properties & music videos.
Surveys and documentation of the wide variety of plants and animals of the area for the next several years will be done by biologists from several agencies and conservation groups to understand in greater detail Ruby’s potential as a wildlife refuge. There are many independent experts with love for the land, its history and the value to human as is!
A colony of Mexican Free Tail Bats inhabits Ruby’s abandoned mine shafts from May to September each year. Estimates of the colony range from 90,000 to as high as 150,000 animals , representing a nightly appetite for up to 1/2 ton of insects. This is considered a maternal colony and they produce the young in June and leave for parts south in late August. Their nocturnal schedule varies with storm, wind and insect life.
Ruby is very interested in furthering the educational benefits of outdoor classrooms in “the wild”. There are a couple ongoing proposals 2021. More later!