Field Notes

Mexico’s Protected Lands 101

December 4, 2019

Did you know that Mexico has a system of natural protected areas? However, the Mexican land system looks and acts very different than the American public lands system.   In Mexico, the government agency in charge of overseeing conservation actions is the Secretariat of the Environment and National Resources (SEMARNAT). SEMARNAT regulates natural resource management…
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Rastreo de Fauna: Anatomía de una huella

December 3, 2019

Para aprender a rastrear fauna, primero debe comprender algunos conceptos básicos de anatomía. Si puede entender qué parte del pie hizo una marca, y si conoce la terminología, puede comenzar a identificar la huella y comunicar lo que ve a otros rastreadores. La mejor manera de aprender la anatomía de la huella es mirar sus…
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Rastreo de Fauna: ¿Cuántos dedos ve?

December 2, 2019

¿Sabía que puede separar las huellas de los animales, en función de cuántos dedos ve? Hay muchas variables que pueden afectar la cantidad de dedos que se muestran, el tipo de terreno, la velocidad del animal y la edad de la huella. Pero si puede contar la cantidad de dedos que ve, ¡está en camino de…
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Turkey Time in the Sky Islands!

November 28, 2019

On this day when turkeys are at the center of public attention, it is important to learn and remember the history of our own native turkey in the Sky Island region.  There are two sub-species of turkeys native to Arizona: the smaller Merriam’s turkey found in the pine forests of Northern Arizona and the Gould’s…
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¿Quiénes son los Protectores de la Sierra?

November 27, 2019

Después de completar el programa de pasantías con nosotros, Inés Griego Montaño y Miguel Enriquez Galaz, tomaron la iniciativa y el liderazgo de formar su propio grupo estudiantil en Unisierra llamado Protectores de la Sierra. Inés y Miguel inspiraron a sus compañeros para que se unieran y formaran un grupo que pudiera autoorganizarse y dirigir…
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Who are the Protectors of the Sky Islands?

After completing the internship program with us, Inés Griego Montaño and Miguel Enriquez Galaz took the initiative and leadership of forming their own student club at Unisierra called Protectores de la Sierra (Protectors of the Sky Islands). Inés and Miguel inspired their fellow students to come together and form a group that could self-organize and…
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Fall in the Sky Islands

November 25, 2019

The days are getting cooler, and there is a chill in the air at night. Winter is right around the corner. While the desert isn’t as famous for its fall colors as back in Maine, you can find gorgeous colors if you know where to look.  Explore the riparian canyons and you will find the…
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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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