Field Notes

 

Staff Highlight: Meagan Bethel

December 9, 2019

For the next 8 weeks are highlighting a member of each of our staff, asking them a few questions to know them better! Let’s start off this Staff Highlight series with: Meagan Bethel: Conservation Coordinator Favorite place in Sky Islands? The San Rafael Valley, located south of Sonoita and east of Nogales. It is a…
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Friday Creature Feature: Greater roadrunner

December 6, 2019

The greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is a striking and culturally famous bird of the southwest, from classic cartoons to local hockey teams. They are a member of the cuckoo family and is closely related to the lesser roadrunner (Geococcyx velox) that lives in Mexico. You can find greater roadrunners in deserts, grasslands, and arid scrublands…
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Thank you Bryon Lichtenhan!

December 5, 2019

  In mid-November, Bryon Lichtenhan and I tracked wildlife in the Patagonia Mountains to see which species are walking across the U.S.-Mexico border at this time of year. Bryon steadily and expertly scanned the sandy border road and washes intersecting the political divide, locating more than 30 observations of animal track and sign directly at…
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Sky Island Heroes

Tom Swenson-Healey, Sky Island Hero

Whether he’s bushwhacking up a side canyon in search of a spring or chatting with passersby at a local outreach event, Tom has gone – and continues to go – beyond the call of duty as a volunteer for Sky Island Alliance. In 2017 he contributed innumerable hours of his own time to many of…
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