Sky Island Blog

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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Binational gathering helps shape the future of the Sky Island border region

June 14, 2018

Einstein famously said “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” And I would add, nor with the same voices. For one week in May, hundreds of scientists, land managers, students, and conservationists gathered at the Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago Conference in Tucson. The conference…
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Volunteer Dispatch: Sourcing Devotion: The art of nature, a sublime Sky Island natural spring, pt. 5

June 11, 2018

by Valarie lee James, Sky Island Alliance Adopt-a-Spring volunteer Sky Island Alliance Volunteer Log Springtime 2018 Visit to the Spring “Nature is the Art of God.” – Dante Had we missed the last spring wildflowers this year? Super blooms in the desert grasslands: Southern Arizona’s dazzling Art of Nature: wide swatches of color and scent,…
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Your #MadCon2018 Daily Digest is here!

May 10, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018 Day 4 – Big thinking and grand visions Inspired by field trips on Wednesday and pumped full of ideas from three days of engaging sessions, Thursday at MadCon was all about BIG thinking. The day kicked off with author Mary Ellen Hannibal sharing her take on the big power of citizen…
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CALL TO ACTION: Speak out to protect our Outstanding Arizona Waters!

May 2, 2018

Davidson Canyon, one of our most vital Sky Island pathways for wildlife, and Cienega Creek, a riparian oasis, are designated as Outstanding Arizona Waters. This designation protects unique habitats and perennial flow and safeguards our drinking water in Tucson! At the behest of Hudbay Minerals, a Canadian company seeking to build Rosemont Copper Mine in…
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Volunteer Dispatch: Ecology as contemplative practice, pt. 4

March 21, 2018

by Valarie lee James, Sky Island Alliance Adopt-a-Spring volunteer “Darwin’s manner of deep watchfulness allowed the ordinary ground of life to become sanctified, to be brought into Sensus plenoir—a fuller sense—through the offering of simple attention.” – Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author and naturalist. “…what would it mean for contemplative practice to be considered an integral…
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Too much at stake—no border wall in our Sky Islands!

March 6, 2018

The Sky Islands are a Continental Crossroads, a place where cultures from two countries and multiple Native Nations mix and mingle, where black bear, coati, and jaguar meet. It is a place of transitions and extremes—extreme heat of the desert summer broken by cool mountain tops and monsoon rain and extreme diversity of plants and…
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Volunteer Dispatch: To everything a season, pt. 3

February 7, 2018

by Valarie lee James, Sky Island Alliance Adopt-a-Spring volunteer “Within the recesses of the forest, even when in the midst of it (the deafening noise of the insects), a universal stillness appears to reign,” – Darwin, Brazil, 1830s. Sky Island Alliance Volunteer Log Fall 2017 Visit to the Spring In Fall of 2017, our adopted…
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Our resolutions to make 2018 a whole lot better

January 25, 2018

For all of us who care about our fellow humans, clean air and water, and sharing space with other creatures, 2017 was a roller coaster ride, and 2018 is starting out with more of the same. I’ve spent the first part of January taking stock and thinking about what we can do in 2018 to…
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Volunteer Dispatch: The life of a desert spring, pt. 2

October 24, 2017

by Valarie lee James, Sky Island Alliance Adopt-a-Spring volunteer Sky Island Alliance Volunteer Log Monsoon 2017 Visit to the Spring Our first visit to the spring at the height of the Sonoran Desert Summer exceeded our expectations, yielding water flow, nothing short of a miracle. Now, at the end of the monsoon season, we continue…
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Volunteer Dispatch: The life of a desert spring

August 3, 2017

by Valarie lee James, Sky Island Alliance Adopt-a-Spring volunteer Sky Island Alliance Volunteer Log Our First Visit to the Spring: Summer 2017 Note to the Reader: the whereabouts of this wilderness spring is not revealed to ensure the survival of its unique ecosystem. Deep in a mountain range in southeastern Arizona, dry summer grasses flanking…
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Taking a stand for clean water!

August 1, 2017

Join us in defending clean water in the Sky Islands. Last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he will move forward to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States Rule, also known as WOTUS or the Clean Water Rule. This announcement opens a 30-day public comment period. Please take action to preserve this…
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BEE-lieve it or not, it’s National Pollinator Week!

June 21, 2017

by Marci Caballero-Reynolds, Doris Duke Conservation Intern National Pollinator Week has arrived, and it’s time to celebrate and learn about our pollinators here in the Southwest. The Sky Island Region contains important migratory corridors for bees, flies, bats, butterflies, moths, ants, birds, and bats that have formed mutualistic relationships to blooming plants. With a rapidly…
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¡Ajos-Bavispe obtiene un ascenso!/Ajos-Bavispe gets a promotion!

June 8, 2017

English text below. por Mirna Manteca ¡Estamos celebrando buenas noticias sobre uno de nuestros colaboradores más grandes en Sonora! La Reserva Forestal Nacional y Refugio de Fauna Silvestre Ajos-Bavispe ha sido oficialmente reclasificada como Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna Bavispe. Gracias a Wildlands Network y una larga lista de individuos y organizaciones interesadas,…
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Why I Give

May 24, 2017

We launched our Pathways for Wildlife campaign to the public on Arizona Gives Day to resounding support from our community of donors, volunteers, and partners. To date, we have raised more than $18,000, with nearly half of that coming in during 24 hours on Arizona Gives Day, a statewide day of giving. We asked folks…
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The case for protecting our public lands

May 23, 2017

Across the United States, public lands provide clean water and open space and support healthy human communities. In the Sky Islands, public lands encompass most of our mountains, providing a haven for a diversity of plants and animals, enjoyment for all of us, and essential services like clean air and flowing creeks that support our…
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Defending science and taking action on climate change

April 20, 2017

The proposed federal budget released in March brings into sharp focus the impacts of the Trump administration’s unwillingness to accept the settled science on climate change, or any science really. There is a particular disregard for the science responding to climate change. Science is core to Sky Island Alliance’s mission, and we’ve long invested in…
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