Field Notes

Cameras and Corridors

January 25, 2020

Sky Island Alliance’s mission is to protect and restore the diversity of life and lands in the Sky Island region. This unique region bridges the Colorado Plateau in the US and the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico through a series of ‘Sky Islands’ in Arizona and Sonora that rise out of desert seas and provide vibrant mountain habitat for plants, animals, and people of the southwest.  At…
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Friday Creature Feature: White-throated woodrat

January 24, 2020

2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, and with the Chinese New Year tomorrow, we at Sky Island are celebrating one of the native rat species in the region! The white-throated woodrat (Neotoma albigula) is one of the several native species of woodrat in Arizona. You will commonly see the white-throated…
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Preestreno: Resultados de cámaras trampa

January 23, 2020

Actualmente estoy terminando un análisis de todos los datos de cámaras trampa de nuestro Programa de Monitoreo de Vida Silvestre. Los datos analizados aquí provienen de una combinación de cámaras que son propiedad de SIA, así como las cámaras personales de voluntarios y organizaciones asociadas. Todas estas cámaras son controladas y operadas por voluntarios, y…
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SIA Wildlife Camera Data Report – Preview

January 22, 2020

Currently I am wrapping up an analysis of all the wildlife camera data from our Wildlife Linkages Monitoring Program. The data analyzed here is from a combination of cameras that are owned by SIA as well as the personal cameras from volunteers and partner organizations. All these cameras are checked and operated by volunteers, and…
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Cómo instalamos cámaras trampa

January 21, 2020

Las cámaras trampa son una herramienta útil para estudiar la vida silvestre de manera no invasiva y responder muchas preguntas sobre el comportamiento de la vida silvestre, la ocupación, la abundancia y el uso de la tierra. En Sky Island Alliance, utilizamos cámaras trampa para recopilar datos cruciales sobre especies de vida silvestre en la…
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Staff Highlight: Louise Misztal

January 20, 2020

LOUISE MISZTAL: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR What is your favorite place in the Sky Islands? Any swimming hole that I can dip into with a little flowing water is my favorite place. And there are a few really specials spots in Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains, an amazing oasis in one of the largest Sky…
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How we set up our wildlife cameras

January 18, 2020

Wildlife cameras are a useful tool to study wildlife in a non-invasive approach and answer many questions about wildlife behavior, occupancy, abundance, and land usage. At Sky Island Alliance, we use wildlife cameras to gather crucial data on wildlife species in the region. This data helps us inform the public and policy makers about the unique diversity we have in the binational region.   In the last decade, wildlife cameras have become cheaper…
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Friday Creature Feature: Gray Hawk

January 17, 2020

The gray hawk (Buteo plagiatus) is a medium-sized, silvery gray hawk, that has white underparts, a black tail with white banding and yellow legs. The gray hawk ranges from the Amazon rain forest all the way to the southwestern United States. They are migratory only at the North end of their range, where they arrive…
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Sky Island SPOTlight: Aravaipa Canyon

January 16, 2020

Introducing our Sky Island SPOTlight series! Throughout the next few weeks we will be introducing you to the beautiful places in the Sky Island region where we are lucky enough to work! Join any of our volunteer trips to see one of these gorgeous spots! First up, Aravaipa Creek Aravaipa Creek is on the northern…
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Do you live near the border and want to help protect wildlife?

January 15, 2020

In 2019 Sky Island Alliance collected 9,600 photos of wildlife (2019 Top 10 photos). We want to make 2020 the year of 20,000 wildlife photos, and we need your help to do so! Through our Wildlife at the Wall project Sky Island Alliance is currently working on bringing together Mexican and American sister parks, conservation…
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