Field Notes

Responding to the extinction crisis in the Sky Islands

May 15, 2019

It’s been a tough month of bad news for wildlife, water, and all of us that call the Sky Island region home. Amidst a raft of destructive proposals, the UN released a new definitive report on the state of our natural world. The report details the destruction we humans have wreaked on Earth’s web of…
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Melissa’s intern photo essay: canyons, cliffs, and grasslands

July 19, 2018

by Melissa Galindo, 2018 Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Halfway through my internship with Sky Island Alliance, and I’ve seen so much already! Is it hot out here? My attempt to stay cool in the Arizona heat. The only water source was a spigot roughly a third of a mile from the field site. We carried…
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Tasia’s intern photo essay: 4 weeks, 2 countries, countless memories

by Tasia North, 2018 Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Four weeks in, four weeks to go, in my internship with Sky Island Alliance. The sun sets on a hard day’s work This was taken at Sowls Pond out in the Galiuro Mountains. Last year Sky Island Alliance built several ponds and planted a whole bunch of…
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Pollinator Planting in Bear Canyon

April 3, 2016

Join us in Bear Canyon for a lovely day of planting natives for pollinators! We have cleared a huge area of fountain grass, and there are several areas ready for transformation.

Beat Back Buffelgrass Day – Bear Canyon

January 23, 2016

Celebrate Beat Back Buffelgrass Day 2016 with Sky Island Alliance, making a difference in your local wild lands! Help us in our battle against fountain grass, buffelgrass and other invasives in the beautifully riparian, Bear Canyon.

Monday Morning at Madera!

November 9, 2015

We are bringing back nature! After two bridges were replaced earlier this summer, there were no plants and lots of potential erosion. Help us continue our work to bring back the natives and pollinators at this phenomenal birding spot with Sky Island Alliance just an hour south of Tucson. We start with a bird/nature walk, then do some restoration work.

Oracle Road Wildlife Bridge

October 23, 2015

Join us as we put the finishing touches on the new native plant buffer between the Santa Catalina Catholic Church and the new wildlife bridge! We will be installing a few more plants, spreading seeds, and moving rocks around to maximize water harvesting opportunities.

Monday Morning at Madera!

October 19, 2015

We are bringing back nature! After two bridges were replaced earlier this summer, there were no plants and lots of potential erosion. Help us continue our work to bring back the natives and pollinators at this phenomenal birding spot with Sky Island Alliance just an hour south of Tucson. We start with a bird/nature walk, then do some restoration work.

Hermitage Seep Restoration

October 9, 2015

Get muddy with us at this lush site in Rucker Canyon on the western flank of the Chiricahua Mountains! We will be improving the conditions for area bats, pollinators, and Chiricahua leopard frogs.

National Public Lands Day – Madera Canyon!

September 26, 2015

We are bringing back nature! After two bridges were replaced earlier this summer, there were no plants and lots of potential erosion. Help us continue our work to bring back the natives and pollinators at this phenomenal birding spot with Sky Island Alliance just an hour south of Tucson.