Field Notes

Sky Island jaguars need you to speak up!

February 28, 2017

updated 3/6/2017 – additions are in bold italics Please ask the USFWS to protect the habitat and pathways that jaguars need to recover in the United States by submitting comments on their recently released Jaguar Draft Recovery Plan. The plan could be improved in a number of areas, and your voice can amplify the need…
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See place-based wildfire analysis on our Story Map

February 6, 2017

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…
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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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