Field Notes

Climate change is making it harder to revive damaged land

July 2, 2018

Carianne Campbell remembers the exact moment she fell in love with the Sonoran Desert. As a botany major in college, she joined a class field trip to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on the southern border of Arizona, arriving and setting up camp in the dark. Emerging from her tent the next morning, Campbell, who…
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Jaguar that roamed Huachuca Mountains shown dead in photo, officials say

June 25, 2018

A male jaguar that roamed the Huachuca Mountains in 2016 and 2017 is now believed to be dead.

Sharing some heartbreaking news about a Sky Island jaguar

June 22, 2018

It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog post today to share some heartbreaking news. Yo’oko, the majestic jaguar seen roaming the Huachuca Mountains in recent years, has been killed. This is a profound loss for our Arizona Sky Islands and for endangered northern jaguars that are attempting to make a recovery…
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Binational gathering helps shape the future of the Sky Island border region

June 14, 2018

Einstein famously said “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” And I would add, nor with the same voices. For one week in May, hundreds of scientists, land managers, students, and conservationists gathered at the Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago Conference in Tucson. The conference…
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Volunteer Dispatch: Sourcing Devotion: The art of nature, a sublime Sky Island natural spring, pt. 5

June 11, 2018

by Valarie lee James, Sky Island Alliance Adopt-a-Spring volunteer Sky Island Alliance Volunteer Log Springtime 2018 Visit to the Spring “Nature is the Art of God.” – Dante Had we missed the last spring wildflowers this year? Super blooms in the desert grasslands: Southern Arizona’s dazzling Art of Nature: wide swatches of color and scent,…
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Your #MadCon2018 Daily Digest is here!

May 10, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018 Day 4 – Big thinking and grand visions Inspired by field trips on Wednesday and pumped full of ideas from three days of engaging sessions, Thursday at MadCon was all about BIG thinking. The day kicked off with author Mary Ellen Hannibal sharing her take on the big power of citizen…
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Colaboración binacional entre parques hermanos

May 8, 2018

Un buen ejemplo de cómo los habitantes de ambos lados de la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos nos oponemos a la fría separación de las naciones, es jugar al “Wallyball,” un deporte muy similar al voleyball que usa el muro fronterizo en lugar de la red.

CALL TO ACTION: Speak out to protect our Outstanding Arizona Waters!

May 2, 2018

Davidson Canyon, one of our most vital Sky Island pathways for wildlife, and Cienega Creek, a riparian oasis, are designated as Outstanding Arizona Waters. This designation protects unique habitats and perennial flow and safeguards our drinking water in Tucson! At the behest of Hudbay Minerals, a Canadian company seeking to build Rosemont Copper Mine in…
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Second local March for Science rally on Sunday at Reid Park

April 12, 2018

March for Science Southern Arizona is holding its second rally with the hopes of evolving into a larger organization that focuses year-round on science education, literacy and outreach.

Along the border, 500 miles of desert species

April 5, 2018

One early March morning in southern Arizona’s Coronado National Memorial, an uneven line of scientists and amateur naturalists in floppy hats and hiking pants crept up a steep hillside through yellowed grasses and dark shrubs.