Field Notes

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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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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¿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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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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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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The Mexican Origin of Pumpkins

October 28, 2019

Did you know that the pumpkins we decorate to celebrate Halloween trace their early origins to pre-Hispanic Mexico? A crop that dates back more than 7,500 years, the earliest pumpkins were much smaller and tougher than the plump orange pumpkins we recognize as iconic symbols of fall today. These ancient pumpkins were an important staple…
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Big Win for Wildlife in Northern Mexico

October 25, 2019

In early October, legislation to make wildlife crossings mandatory for roads in Sonora, MX was unanimously passed into state law by Sonoran Congress. This is the first state law of its kind and means that roads like Highway 2, a major highway that parallels the US-MX border in Sonora, will have public policy support to…
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