Sky Island Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the rich natural heritage of native species and habitats in the Sky Island region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
We work with volunteers, scientists, land owners, public officials, and government agencies to establish protected areas, restore healthy landscapes, and promote public appreciation of the region's unique biological diversity.
Kicking off another year of bi-national BioBlitz: Madrean Archipelago
Sky Island Alliance’s Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment (MABA) is a visionary initiative to explore, document and protect one of the world's premier biodiversity hotspots –southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico’s Madrean Archipelago—the Sky Island region. Through the MABA project, we are committed to exploring and documenting the incredible biological diversity of remote and little studied Sky Islands, particularly in Sonora, Mexico.
With support from U.S. and Mexican experts in the fields of botany, entomology, ornithology, herpetology, mammalogy, and other disciplines, MABA expeditions provide an opportunity for Sky Island Alliance staff and volunteers to collect critical biodiversity data, foster graduate and undergraduate research, raise awareness about conservation in the region and develop important relationships with regional landowners.
Learn more here.
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share with the Sky Island Alliance community the passing of longtime Sky Island Alliance supporter and member of the Board of Directors, Peter Warshall.
The stalwart Sky Island conservation advocate passed away in late April, surrounded by his family, at home in Portal, AZ.
We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Peter's family. He will be deeply missed.
ARIZONA VOTERS ACROSS POLITICAL SPECTRUM AGREE: Suspending Environmental Laws Across Borders is Unnecessary
The 2012 Colorado College State of the Rockies Conservation in the West poll found that Arizona voters across the political spectrum believe suspending environmental laws along U.S. borders to address immigration issues is unnecessary. This mirrors results from a nationwide survey commissioned by SIA in May 2011 showing that 64 percent of respondents oppose or strongly oppose waiving environmental and other laws for the purpose of building infrastructure along the border.
The new poll also found that Arizonans view parks and public lands as essential to their state’s economy and quality of life, and they strongly support upholding and strengthening protections for clean air, clean water, natural areas and wildlife. For more information on the Colorado College poll, click here.
For more information, please contact Jenny Neeley, Conservation Policy Director, at 520-624-7080 x13 or
Sky Island Alliance 2011 Annual Report
Sky Island Alliance's 2011 Annual Report highlights accomplishments from our 20th Anniversary year. We invite you to read about how we are practicing strategic conservation through our focus on core and corridor protection and landscape restoration across the entirety of the Sky Island region. We are excited about developing and sharing new science especially in understudied parts of the region, and engaging the greater Sky Island community in all the work we do. Thank you for helping to make it all possible.
Click here to read a report on the accomplishments and outcomes of our 20th anniversary year.
Wildlife Linkages 10 Year Report: Celebrating a decade of citizen science and Sky Island corridor conservation
In 2001, Sky Island Alliance developed a citizen science project using animal track and sign identification surveys to monitor at-risk wildlife linkages. Ten years later, the Wildlife Linkages Program has 86 active tracking volunteers on the ground, and has conducted over 1,000 track count surveys and documented over 4,000 records for more than 40 different animal species in the region. More importantly, we have successfully applied these results to land-use policy and permanent land conservation.