Sky Island Blog

Meet our 2016 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars!

July 5, 2016

NAOMI PRIMERO University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, CA What part of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program are you most excited about? I am so excited to meet and connect with people of all backgrounds, people who are all interested in pursuing the same goals as I am. What do you hope to get out…
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WELCOME SKY ISLAND ALLIANCE’S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LOUISE MISZTAL!

June 13, 2016

The Sky Island Alliance Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Misztal as the new Executive Director. Louise was most recently the organization’s Conservation Director where she developed new initiatives to respond to climate change impacts, survey, protect and restore fragile spring ecosystems, and conduct large landscape conservation planning to focus…
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Jan Holder To Step Down as ED

April 28, 2016

After two years of dedicated and effective service to Sky Island Alliance, Jan Holder has resigned as the Executive Director, effective May 31st.  Jan has underscored that this is a personal decision, intended to allow her to cut back on her work schedule, and spend more time with her family.   The staff and Board of Directors…
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Desert tortoise found crossing the new Oracle Rd wildlife underpass. Photo (c) 2015 Jesse Espinoza & Granite Construction.

Tortoise Interrupts Construction Workers to use New Wildlife Underpass

October 15, 2015

This tortoise is the first animal to use the Oracle Road wildlife crossing – and they haven’t even finished building it yet.

Unique Partnership Leads to Buffer Wildlife Overpass Project on Church Property

October 9, 2015

On Friday October 15th through Sunday October 17th, volunteers from the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson Audubon Society, and the Santa Catalina Catholic Church will work together to install irrigation and plant native plants near the new wildlife overpass in Oro Valley.

Our Move

October 5, 2015

Moving is bittersweet. There will be familiar handwriting on post-its of the past that catch our sight as we box up, and memories triggered as we pull things off of walls.

Student project results in new jaguar sighting

September 8, 2015

It is not every day a rare charismatic carnivore steps in front of a wildlife camera, especially when there is only one jaguar currently known to roam southwestern Arizona. But that is exactly what happened to Dean Goehring, a student at Prescott College.

VIDEO: SIA on The Morning Blend

July 30, 2015

Did you see us on KGUN9’s The Morning Blend? Watch Conservation Manager Jessica Moreno’s interview here!

TAKE ACTION! Benson development could suck San Pedro River Dry

June 24, 2015

More data and study is needed to fully understand the impacts that Villages at Vigneto, a city-sized development proposed on 12,000 acres of private land located southwest of Benson, Arizona, would have on our community, water and natural resources.

Volunteer Heroes add Diversity in Bear Canyon

This year’s spring break marks our one year anniversary working in Bear Canyon, located in Tucson, Arizona on the Coronado National Forest boundary in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

A Decade of Success in Jaguar and Ocelot Conservation

Our work over the last ten years with jaguar and ocelot conservation has shaped my career and outlook as a biologist and conservationist. Just knowing that jaguars and ocelots are present in our Sky Island region is one of the reasons I am passionate about what we do.

La Mariquita, Área Voluntariamente Destinada a la Conservación, ¿Qué significa?

June 23, 2015

Sierra La Mariquita recientemente fue designada como Área Voluntariamente Destinada a la Conservación, pero esto qué significa?

Experience the Sky Islands on Your Own, Experimenta las Islas del Cielo por ti mismo

June 19, 2015

Are you eager to visit and experience the Sky Islands? Here are some suggested destinations and things to do!

Sky Island Nature Watch approaches 200 new species observations!

June 18, 2015

Do bobcats, bugs, or birds visit your backyard? Have you ever noticed a tortoise or family of javalina crossing – or hit – on the road? We want to hear your stories!

A Sky Island Protected!

June 12, 2015

Over two thousand acres in the Sierra La Mariquita has been designated a new Voluntary Natural Protected Area!

Sky Island Alliance receives prestigious award, hits an environmental grand slam with Redford and The Eagles

September 12, 2014

Sky Island Alliance was awarded the prestigious 2014 Environmental Challenge Award for creating solutions to specific environmental challenges at a local, regional or national level. The award was presented in Boston by the Walden Woods Project, and we meet music legend Don Henley and activist and actor Robert Redford!