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Our pledge to you: Sky Island Alliance will stand strong for binational conservation

January 31, 2017

Over the past week we’ve been busy at Sky Island Alliance preparing to host a workshop in Sonora, Mexico where we will train a cohort of Mexican university students and agency personnel in springs ecosystem surveys. Despite their incredible importance to landowners and wildlife, the springs of Mexico’s Sky Islands are poorly mapped and understood, and…
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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

January 2, 2017

WOW! We did it! YOU did it! We exceeded our goal and raised a whopping $69,566! * On behalf of the entire staff and board at Sky Island Alliance, I want to offer a sincere thank you to everyone who made a gift to our year-end campaign. We look forward to working harder than ever…
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Our New Year’s Resolutions to you!

December 30, 2016

Our New Year’s Resolutions to you: We resolve to build robust crossborder partnerships to preserve vast open spaces and provide safe crossings for wildlife throughout the Sky Islands! We resolve to monitor more springs and restore life-giving waters and landscapes to ensure that all species–big and small–thrive in the Sky Islands! We resolve to provide…
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Welcome Tadeo Pfister, Regional Program Manager

December 15, 2016

I am thrilled to welcome Tadeo Pfister to the Sky Island Alliance team as our Regional Program Manager. Tadeo brings a wealth of experience working in coastal Sonora Mexico on education, research, conservation and restoration initiatives. His strong relationships with Mexican nonprofits, academic institutions, government agencies, and local communities in coastal Sonora will enhance the…
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Welcome Scott Wilbor, Conservation Science Director

November 15, 2016

I am thrilled to announce that Scott Wilbor has joined the Sky Island Alliance team as our Conservation Science Director. Scott brings years of experience working as a conservation biologist in the Sky Island Region and Arizona on diverse conservation issues. Scott was instrumental in developing the science-based system of Important Bird Areas for Audubon…
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Some post-election thoughts and reasons for hope

November 11, 2016

Following the election, I sent the message below to Sky Island Alliance staff and board members. I’m sharing it with you now, hoping the message brings you encouragement too. Whatever your political leanings, the new administration will clearly present challenges to environmental conservation and funding for cross-border collaboration. We have a lot of work to…
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Happy Trails Jessica!

October 25, 2016

We are sad to announce that after 10 years of dedicated service at Sky Island Alliance, Jessica Moreno has decided to move on to new adventures on October 31. Many of you know Jessica from attending one of the dozens of tracking trainings she’s conducted in Arizona, New Mexico and Sonora, meeting her at one…
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This lonely pine flycatcher built her nest at Aliso Spring in 2016, credit Jennie Duberstein

Pine flycatcher—harbinger of climate change, ray of hope for adaptation

October 4, 2016

By Louise Misztal Five years ago I wrote—in the pages of this very newsletter—about the effects of climate change that were already visible in the Sky Islands and that the region’s ecosystems and species were facing new and more complex challenges as a result. What I wrote then is still true to today. “[W]arming has…
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Call to action: Help protect this Mexican reserve important to wildlife!

September 13, 2016

Leer en Español A recent blog post from Sky Island Alliance board member Juan Carlos Bravo makes a strong call to action to protect the Ajos-Bavispe Natural Protected Area in Sonora, Mexico. Ajos-Bavispe encompasses over 496,000 acres of conservation lands and contains the highest concentration of Priority Species in the whole country, including jaguars, bison,…
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¡Ayuda a proteger esta Reserva Mexicana de gran importancia para la fauna silvestre!

Read this in English Un reciente post del miembro de la mesa directiva de Sky Island Alliance, Juan Carlos Bravo, hizo un fuerte llamado a la acción para proteger el Área Natural Protegida Ajos-Bavispe en Sonora, México. Ajos-Bavispe abarca más de 200,724 hectáreas de tierras de conservación y contiene la mayor concentración de especies prioritarias…
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La importancia de la hermandad—¡para nuestros parques!

August 26, 2016

English text below Son finales de febrero, el último día de nuestra reunión de parques hermanos del 2015. Estoy de pie en el borde de uno de los puntos de observación en el parque Coronado National Memorial. El sonido de risa, charlas, y el clic de fotos tomadas a mis espaldas. Mi mirada fija en…
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Documentando Atropello de Animales en México

English text below. El monitoreo de Atropello de Animales no es divertido. Es desgarrador ver a un coyote juguetón, tejón solitario, o a una majestuosa lechuza sin vida a un lado de la carretera. Mentiría si dijera que nunca he derramado una lágrima al documentar estas observaciones. Por otra parte, cada cadáver que encontramos es…
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Los voluntarios duplican nuestro impacto

English text below Este año Sky Island Alliance celebra su 25 aniversario, y mirando hacia atrás en todo lo que hemos logrado es evidente que no estaríamos donde estamos sin nuestros voluntarios. Literalmente cientos de voluntarios acuden cada año para ampliar nuestra capacidad de conservar, proteger y restaurar la biodiversidad de la región de las…
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Dejando nuestra huella en las Islas Serranas del Norte de México

English text below El compromiso de Sky Island Alliance (SIA) hacia la colaboración binacional con socios en México ha sido importante desde que la organización fue fundada en 1991. Hace diez años lo hicimos oficial con la creación del Programa de Conservación del Norte de México y la adición de Sergio Ávila Villegas al personal…
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Meet our 2016 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars!

July 5, 2016

NAOMI PRIMERO University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, CA What part of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program are you most excited about? I am so excited to meet and connect with people of all backgrounds, people who are all interested in pursuing the same goals as I am. What do you hope to get out…
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WELCOME SKY ISLAND ALLIANCE’S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LOUISE MISZTAL!

June 13, 2016

The Sky Island Alliance Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Misztal as the new Executive Director. Louise was most recently the organization’s Conservation Director where she developed new initiatives to respond to climate change impacts, survey, protect and restore fragile spring ecosystems, and conduct large landscape conservation planning to focus…
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Jan Holder To Step Down as ED

April 28, 2016

After two years of dedicated and effective service to Sky Island Alliance, Jan Holder has resigned as the Executive Director, effective May 31st.  Jan has underscored that this is a personal decision, intended to allow her to cut back on her work schedule, and spend more time with her family.   The staff and Board of Directors…
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Desert tortoise found crossing the new Oracle Rd wildlife underpass. Photo (c) 2015 Jesse Espinoza & Granite Construction.

Tortoise Interrupts Construction Workers to use New Wildlife Underpass

October 15, 2015

This tortoise is the first animal to use the Oracle Road wildlife crossing – and they haven’t even finished building it yet.

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Unique Partnership Leads to Buffer Wildlife Overpass Project on Church Property

October 9, 2015

On Friday October 15th through Sunday October 17th, volunteers from the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson Audubon Society, and the Santa Catalina Catholic Church will work together to install irrigation and plant native plants near the new wildlife overpass in Oro Valley.

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Our Move

October 5, 2015

Moving is bittersweet. There will be familiar handwriting on post-its of the past that catch our sight as we box up, and memories triggered as we pull things off of walls.