Earlier this month, I had a chance to see three colleagues of mine — Keren, Estefani, and Alondra — give a talk at the Universidad de la Sierra en Moctezuma, Sonora, about their experiences this summer as Path of the Jaguar interns. In the audience were many of their fellow biology classmates, along with professors and the school president. It was inspiring, especially for me as a graduate of the same program and as someone who was a Path of the Jaguar intern in 2021 and who is now SIA’s environmental outreach coordinator.
They shared their experiences while participating in activities led by organizations and agencies from both the U.S. and Mexico. Some of the groups they collaborated with, for instance, include Sky Island Alliance, Saguaro National Park, Coronado National Memorial, and APFF Bavispe.
Below are some photos they also shared as they talked about their big adventure and shared some of the fun and challenges with being part of the exchange and working with the language differences.
It was a great reminder of all the efforts we collectively make to conserve and restore our Sky Islands and that, without the help of this growing generation, we wouldn’t nearly accomplish as much. We invite everyone to stay tuned for next year, as we look forward to offering the Path of the Jaguar internship once again.