Field Notes

Creature Feature: Ringtail

November 22, 2019

The ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) is a small omnivorous mammal that can be found across the West. Ringtails prefer rocky habitats in desert, and in oak and pine woodlands. In the desert, ringtails are often found in riparian areas where water and food are more abundant.  Did you know that the ring-tailed cat is not actually…
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Abriendo nuevos senderos en las Islas Serranas

November 20, 2019

Este verano tuvimos la suerte de trabajar con dos estudiantes de UNISIERRA – Inés Montaño Griego y Miguel Francisco Enríquez Galaz – y una recién graduada de la Universidad de Sonora, Estefanía Ramírez, ¡quienes se convirtieron oficialmente en alumnos en prácticas con Sky Island Alliance! Sky Island Alliance trabajó en colaboración con el Parque Nacional…
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Blazing new trails in the Sky Islands!

This summer we were lucky enough to be working with two students from UNISIERRA – Inés Montaño Griego and Miguel Francisco Enriquez Galaz – and a recent graduate from Universidad de Sonora – Estefanía Ramirez- who officially became Sky Island Alliance Pollinator interns! Sky Island Alliance worked in collaboration with Saguaro National Park and Coronado…
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32 Walnut trees planted in Bear Canyon!

November 18, 2019

Two weeks ago Sky Island Alliance partnered with Earth Camp students and the Forest Service to plant 32 native black walnuts in Bear Canyon. These trees were gathered from seed in Bear Canyon and were grown by our partner, Borderlands Restoration. Earth Camp is run by the Arizona-Sorora Desert Museum, teaching local Tucson students about…
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Construyendo puentes, no muros

November 16, 2019

En el verano de 2019, Sky Island Alliance ratificó una asociación formal con la Universidad de la Sierra (UNISIERRA) en Moctezuma, Sonora, al actualizar el acuerdo existente en el que presentamos un plan de trabajo colaborativo para el próximo año. Los temas principales fueron: Agua, Vida Silvestre y Empoderamiento de futuras generaciones de conservacionistas.  …
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Building bridges not walls

In summer 2019, Sky Island Alliance ratified a formal partnership with Universidad de la Sierra (UNISIERRA) in Moctezuma, Sonora by updating the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which we laid out a collaborative plan of work for the next year! The main themes were: Water, Wildlife and Empowering future generations of conservationists.  Moctezuma is…
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Hardworking volunteers removed vinca from Aravaipa Canyon!

November 14, 2019

A huge thank you to the volunteers who came with us to the Aravaipa Canyon Preserve this past weekend to help remove invasive periwinkle (Vinca major) from the canyon.  Our small, but hard working group worked in two parts of the Aravaipa preserve. Our first location was part of an ongoing study to test what…
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Tracking Saguaros—75 Years of Change in the Cactus Forest

November 11, 2019

The cactus forest at Saguaro National Park is changing. In 1941, concerned park researchers established 6 plots containing saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) in the Rincon Mountain District to track park populations of the iconic giant cactus over time. I can imagine the mounting concern that park staff shared in the 1940s as they witnessed an increasing…
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Construyendo Puentes a través de la Hermandad: Proyecto de Parques Hermanos

November 8, 2019

Durante años, Sky Island Alliance ha desempeñado un papel clave en la construcción de amistades profesionales entre reservas naturales en Arizona y el norte de México que comparten comunidades y recursos ecológicos similares. Desde el año 2014, Sky Island Alliance ha trabajado para conectar a los administradores de recursos naturales de México y los EE….
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Vinca in Aravaipa Canyon

November 7, 2019

Periwinkle (Vinca major) Greater periwinkle (Vinca major) is a flowering vine native to the Mediterranean and is popular in homes and gardens for its attractive purple flowers. While it looks nice in your backyard, vinca is an aggressive invasive species if it’s accidentally introduced into the right areas.  In Arizona, vinca spread from homes and…
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