Category: News

See place-based wildfire analysis on our Story Map

Throughout 2015 and 2016, we monitored two locations in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona to document the effect that rock structures have on soil moisture and compare performance of the structures in one landscape that had suffered severe wildfire and one that had not yet burned. Now you can dig into the full, interactive…
Read more »

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

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…
Read more »

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

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…
Read more »

Our New Year’s Resolutions to you!

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…
Read more »

Welcome Tadeo Pfister, Regional Program Manager

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…
Read more »

Welcome Scott Wilbor, Conservation Science Director

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…
Read more »

Some post-election thoughts and reasons for hope

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…
Read more »

Happy Trails Jessica!

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…
Read more »

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

This lonely pine flycatcher built her nest at Aliso Spring in 2016, credit Jennie Duberstein

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…
Read more »

Call to action: Help protect this Mexican reserve important to wildlife!

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,…
Read more »