Volunteers identifying tracks
At Sky Island Alliance we work to protect the world-renowned biodiversity in our backyards by exploring, restoring, connecting and protecting habitat for our native wildlife through a wide variety of programs. We work to educate the public and work with policy-makers. We keep our membership and public informed and involved through a variety of on-the-ground volunteer programs and informative events.
> Conservation Policy Program
Natural Resources Policy - whether on a regional, state, or federal level - provides the framework for the management and conservation of our region's lands and resources. Our Conservation Policy Program works to promote conservation-based management and protection of land and wildlife resources in the region to ensure thier reslience.
> Climate Change Adaptation
In response to increasingly dramatic changes in the Sky Island region, this project seeks to foster knowledge sharing and generate new management approaches to increase resilience in the region.
> Protected Lands Program
Our Protected Lands Program is working to secure the designation of additional Wilderness Areas and other legislative-based protections throughout the Sky Island region to serve as a foundation for preserving native species and habitats.
> Landscape Restoration
The Landscape Restoration Program is an on-the-ground, results-orientated program engaging hundreds of volunteers in restoring the ecology of our region through road closures and riparian habitat restoration.
> Wildlife Linkages
The Wildlife Linkages Program engages and trains volunteers in wildlife track and sign identification surveys to monitor at-risk wildlife corridors in the region. Our goal is to protect the movement and dispersal of native plants and animals and to reduce threats and barriers on the landscape, by directly linking people with wildlife and conservation.
> Northern Mexico Conservation Program Sky Island Alliance is implementing outreach efforts to landowners in northern Sonora and has started collecting data using remote camera traps integrated with track counts within the Sonoran Sky Islands. This project’s long-term goal is to build cooperative relationships with landowners in northern Sonora in order to encourage jaguar conservation and facilitate ongoing scientific research. As a key component of this project, we work on the establishment of partnerships with landowners and Mexican conservation organizations to promote research, education, changes in cattle management practices and the protection of jaguar and ocelot habitat and their corridors to the United States.
> Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment Project (MABA)
In 2009, Sky Island Alliance launched the Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment (MABA) to document the rich natural history of little-studied mountain ranges in the Sky Island Region. By leading expeditions to isolated Sky Islands, primarily in the state of Sonora, Mexico, we have been successful in adding depth and breadth to the scientific knowledge of the region’s unique biological diversity. Through expeditions, we have discovered new species and expanded the understanding of known plants and animals. MABA is an ongoing collaborative project bringing together Mexican and U.S. scientists, students, land and wildlife agencies and non-profit organizations.