Field Notes

2018 Annual Report Now Available

December 18, 2019

We are happy to announce that our 2018 Annual Report is now available online. Please enjoy: Click here to view the Sky Island Alliance 2018 Annual Report   Click HERE to view our past annual reports. 

Mexican Natural Protected Area: ADVC Rancho Los Fresnos

As we’ve discussed before, the land conservation between the US and Mexico is quite different, so through this series of blog posts, we aim to help you understand Mexico’s land conservation system. We’ve already introduced you to a federal protected area called APFF Bavispe, and now we’d like to introduce you to another type of…
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Staff Highlight: Emily Burns

December 16, 2019

Emily Burns: Program Director Favorite place in Sky Islands? The view from Montezuma Pass in the Huachuca Mountains is spectacular. Looking south you can see the amazing sky islands of Sonora, Mexico and to the north the mountains of Arizona. In September, I stood at the overlook fascinated by the political, social, and ecological divide…
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Rastro de Fauna: Grado

December 15, 2019

Los animales han desarrollado varias formas de locomoción para moverse. Los animales terrestres tienen tres tipos comunes de locomoción: plantígrado, digitígrado y ungulígrado. Puedes ver el tipo de locomoción de un animal en sus huellas, y es una herramienta para ayudarte a deducir qué animal hizo esa huella. Consulte nuestra publicación de blog anterior: Anatomía…
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Get the special release Sky Island IPA today!

December 14, 2019

Is your next week as full of office parties and holiday gatherings as mine is? Tis the season! This year you can celebrate the amazing Sky Islands and Sky Island Alliance at your holiday gatherings by bringing along Sky Island IPA to share with friends and family. Our wonderful partners at Thunder Canyon Brewery just…
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Friday Creature Feature: Badger

December 13, 2019

The badger, also known as the American badger (Taxidea taxus) are a member of the weasel family. They have tan and grey bodies, and a distinctive black and white striped face. In North America, badgers live in open grasslands, deserts, and shrublands of the west. However, their range has been expanding east. Did you know…
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Mexican Natural Protected Area: APFF Bavispe

December 11, 2019

Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna (APFF) Bavispe is a 200,914 ha Natural Protected Area in Sonora, Mexico that is scattered across 3 sky islands – Sierra Los Ajos, Sierra Buenos Aires and Sierra La Púrica. It is composed of a combination of federal, private, and communal lands all under federal protection. Being one of Mexico’s…
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Staff Highlight: Meagan Bethel

December 9, 2019

For the next 8 weeks are highlighting a member of each of our staff, asking them a few questions to know them better! Let’s start off this Staff Highlight series with: Meagan Bethel: Conservation Coordinator Favorite place in Sky Islands? The San Rafael Valley, located south of Sonoita and east of Nogales. It is a…
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Friday Creature Feature: Greater roadrunner

December 6, 2019

The greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is a striking and culturally famous bird of the southwest, from classic cartoons to local hockey teams. They are a member of the cuckoo family and is closely related to the lesser roadrunner (Geococcyx velox) that lives in Mexico. You can find greater roadrunners in deserts, grasslands, and arid scrublands…
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Thank you Bryon Lichtenhan!

December 5, 2019

  In mid-November, Bryon Lichtenhan and I tracked wildlife in the Patagonia Mountains to see which species are walking across the U.S.-Mexico border at this time of year. Bryon steadily and expertly scanned the sandy border road and washes intersecting the political divide, locating more than 30 observations of animal track and sign directly at…
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