Field Notes

Top 10 Wildlife Photos of 2019

December 31, 2019

During the course of 2019, Sky Island Alliance has collected 9600 photos of wildlife, 6645 of those came from cameras within 5 miles of the Border. This data was collected and submitted by our volunteers and partner organizations. It was hard to select the best photos, as every image of our Sky Island wildlife is…
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Staff Highlight: Samantha Hammer

December 30, 2019

Samantha “Sami” Hammer: Conservation Biologist & GIS Specialist What is your favorite place in the Sky Islands? I truly can’t pick a favorite place. But one area I’ve gotten to explore much more deeply than I ever would have on my own is the Galiuro Mountains. I love how when you are in the backcountry,…
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Friday Creature Feature: Black-tailed Jackrabbit

December 27, 2019

Last week we highlighted the antelope jackrabbit (Lepus alleni). This week we will cover the other Lepus species that we get on our cameras, the Black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus). You can find the black-tailed jackrabbit in low-elevation deserts and scrub lands across the west. They range from Missouri in the east, to the California coasts…
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Holiday Botany

December 25, 2019

Botanical signs of the holidays abound in the Sky Island region. From mistletoe that puffs out with green sprigs in desert mesquite and palo verde trees. To the many species of evergreen firs and pines that dominate the high elevation sky islands peaks. You can easily see many of my favorite conifers on hikes in…
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Staff Highlight: Emma Rocio Fajardo Pulgarin

December 23, 2019

Emma Rocio Fajardo Pulgarin: Community Engagement Program Manager What is your favorite place in the Sky Islands?I have a very special place in my heart for Saguaro National Park, where I began my career in the conservation field nine years ago. While I had been living in Tucson for quite some time by then, it…
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Happy Winter Solstice!

December 21, 2019

Happy Winter Solstice! While the true solstice isn’t until 9:15 PM tonight, we can celebrate all day today! The solstice occurs when the North Pole is farthest from the sun. This is because the earth’s tilted axis that causes there to be less daylight in the winter in the North hemisphere. This is the opposite…
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Friday Creature Feature: Antelope Jackrabbit

December 20, 2019

Surprisingly many species in the southwest are understudied, and the antelope jackrabbit (Lepus alleni) is one of them. Found only in Arizona and Northwestern Mexico. The antelope jackrabbits live in desert shrub and grasslands. They prefer open spaces where they can spot and run away from predators in plenty of time. The antelope jackrabbit is…
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Informe anual del 2018 ahora disponible en línea

December 19, 2019

Nos complace anunciar que nuestro Informe Anual del 2018 ya está disponible en línea. Por favor, disfruta: Haz clic aquí para ver el Informe Anual del 2018 Haz clic AQUÍ para ver nuestros informes anuales anteriores.

Únete al equipo

December 18, 2019

¿Eres bilingüe? ¿Eres un profesional agradable con hambre de resolver grandes problemas? ¿Te encanta trabajar en un entorno de equipo colaborativo con un equilibrio entre el trabajo de campo y el trabajo de oficina? ¿Estás interesado en construir y administrar programas basados en el campo para estudiar y conservar la región de las islas serranas en…
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Join the Sky Island Crew! Looking for a Conservation Manager

Are you a personable professional with a hunger for solving big problems? Do you love working in a collaborative team setting with a balance between field and office-based work? Are you interested in building and managing field-based programs to study and conserve the Sky Island region on both sides of the border? Are you bilingual?…
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