Field Notes

Wildlife at the Wall

September 19, 2019

The US-Mexico border runs through the heart of the Sky Island Region—a unique continental crossroads between temperate and neotropical worlds—rich with both human and animal life. For millennia, wildlife freely roamed between major mountain chains of the Sierra Madres and the Rocky Mountains, thriving in the Sky Islands that rise up from the desert southwest…
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Santa Rita Mountains Saved for Now

August 6, 2019

Last week in the Sky Island region was momentous. Wednesday evening a federal district judge blocked construction of the Rosemont Mine, a proposed open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson. With construction poised to begin on August 1st, the July 31 ruling was a dramatic last-minute reprieve for the plants and…
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Wildlife of the Borderlands

June 28, 2019

Sky Island Alliance’s Border Camera Summary Sky Island Alliance has been monitoring seventeen cameras within thirty-five miles from the United States and Mexico border. These cameras have been operational since July 2017, monitored by dozens of dedicated volunteers and this is a summary of over twenty-two months of photo data. The purpose of this summary…
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Spring 2019 Wildlife Camera Report

June 27, 2019

We would like to give a huge thanks to every single one of our Volunteer Wildlife Camera Monitors! They work very hard and dedicate long hours to check and maintain these cameras. Without them none of this data would be available! SIA Spring 2019 Wildlife Camera Report

Responding to the extinction crisis in the Sky Islands

May 15, 2019

It’s been a tough month of bad news for wildlife, water, and all of us that call the Sky Island region home. Amidst a raft of destructive proposals, the UN released a new definitive report on the state of our natural world. The report details the destruction we humans have wreaked on Earth’s web of…
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Check out which animals were the most photographed in Fall 2018

February 22, 2019

We would like to give a huge thanks to every single one of our Volunteer Wildlife Camera Monitors who work very hard and dedicate long hours to check and maintain these cameras. Without them none of this data would be available! A very special thanks also to our Conservation Technician, Meagan Bethel, who not only…
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Melissa’s intern photo essay: canyons, cliffs, and grasslands

July 19, 2018

by Melissa Galindo, 2018 Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Halfway through my internship with Sky Island Alliance, and I’ve seen so much already! Is it hot out here? My attempt to stay cool in the Arizona heat. The only water source was a spigot roughly a third of a mile from the field site. We carried…
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Tasia’s intern photo essay: 4 weeks, 2 countries, countless memories

by Tasia North, 2018 Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Four weeks in, four weeks to go, in my internship with Sky Island Alliance. The sun sets on a hard day’s work This was taken at Sowls Pond out in the Galiuro Mountains. Last year Sky Island Alliance built several ponds and planted a whole bunch of…
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Raise your voice to protect the San Pedro!

July 11, 2018

Public comment period open now. The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) is a natural gem that sits at the heart of the Sky Island Region. Encompassing 40 miles of the San Pedro River, it was designated to protect and enhance this rare perennially flowing desert river and the lush ribbon of green it…
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Sharing some heartbreaking news about a Sky Island jaguar

June 22, 2018

It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog post today to share some heartbreaking news. Yo’oko, the majestic jaguar seen roaming the Huachuca Mountains in recent years, has been killed. This is a profound loss for our Arizona Sky Islands and for endangered northern jaguars that are attempting to make a recovery…
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