Tag: springs

Volunteer Dispatch: Ecology as contemplative practice, pt. 4

by Valarie lee James, Sky Island Alliance Adopt-a-Spring volunteer “Darwin’s manner of deep watchfulness allowed the ordinary ground of life to become sanctified, to be brought into Sensus plenoir—a fuller sense—through the offering of simple attention.” – Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author and naturalist. “…what would it mean for contemplative practice to be considered an integral…
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Volunteer Dispatch: To everything a season, pt. 3

by Valarie lee James, Sky Island Alliance Adopt-a-Spring volunteer “Within the recesses of the forest, even when in the midst of it (the deafening noise of the insects), a universal stillness appears to reign,” – Darwin, Brazil, 1830s. Sky Island Alliance Volunteer Log Fall 2017 Visit to the Spring In Fall of 2017, our adopted…
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Volunteer Dispatch: The life of a desert spring, pt. 2

by Valarie lee James, Sky Island Alliance Adopt-a-Spring volunteer Sky Island Alliance Volunteer Log Monsoon 2017 Visit to the Spring Our first visit to the spring at the height of the Sonoran Desert Summer exceeded our expectations, yielding water flow, nothing short of a miracle. Now, at the end of the monsoon season, we continue…
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Volunteer Dispatch: The life of a desert spring

by Valarie lee James, Sky Island Alliance Adopt-a-Spring volunteer Sky Island Alliance Volunteer Log Our First Visit to the Spring: Summer 2017 Note to the Reader: the whereabouts of this wilderness spring is not revealed to ensure the survival of its unique ecosystem. Deep in a mountain range in southeastern Arizona, dry summer grasses flanking…
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Pine flycatcher—harbinger of climate change, ray of hope for adaptation

This lonely pine flycatcher built her nest at Aliso Spring in 2016, credit Jennie Duberstein

By Louise Misztal Five years ago I wrote—in the pages of this very newsletter—about the effects of climate change that were already visible in the Sky Islands and that the region’s ecosystems and species were facing new and more complex challenges as a result. What I wrote then is still true to today. “[W]arming has…
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Hermitage Seep Restoration

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.

Spring Assessments in the Santa Ritas

Help monitor springs in the Santa Rita Mountains, near Madera Canyon. Requires hiking. Camping overnight.

Springs Ecological Assessments

Join us in monitoring a handful of springs located in the cooler high country of the Catalina mountains! This is an overnight camping trip.