Field Notes

McGrew Spring restoration

Manantial restaurado con la ayuda de pasantes de verano

June 24, 2022

Read in English Especialista en mayordomía de SIA Bryon Lichtenhan y yo recientemente salimos al campo, encantados de estar acompañados por nuestras tres becarias de conservación Doris Duke: Taylor Lo,…
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McGrew Spring restoration

Summer Intern Stories: Spring Restoration

Leer en español SIA Stewardship Specialist Bryon Lichtenhan and I recently headed out to the field, delighted to be accompanied by our three Doris Duke conservation scholars — Taylor Lo,…
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Santa Cruz River

Santa Cruz Watershed Gets New Restoration Plan

May 24, 2022

Leer en español In March 2022 the Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative voted to adopt a new restoration plan. This is an exciting step forward in restoring formerly perennial rivers throughout…
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History of Springs in a Northern Sky Island

April 11, 2022

On March 31st we heard from Don Swann, at Saguaro National Park, on the history of springs throughout the Rincon and Catalina Mountains. Through his work over the years with…
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World Water Day in the Sky Islands 

March 22, 2022

World Water Day, developed by the United Nations in 1993 and observed on March 22nd, is an opportunity for us to advocate for sustainable management of freshwater resources, locally and…
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Sarah Seeks Springs in the Snow: A survey of the last upper elevation spring in the Santa Catalina Mountains

February 28, 2022

Exciting news – all springs (that we know of) above 7000 feet in the Santa Catalina Mountains have been surveyed! I recently traveled to the last remaining site and recorded…
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Snails of Arizona

February 22, 2022

Snails are an animal that takes me by surprise here in the desert. It seems like it wouldn’t be wet enough here for them to survive. It turns out, snails…
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Why We Study Springs and How You can Get Involved in Their Stewardship

November 18, 2021

Have you ever wondered why we spend so much time studying springs in the Sky Islands? In the arid parts of North America, and especially in the west, springs are…
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Whence Water Flows (aka The Different Types of Springs in the Sky Islands)

October 18, 2021

Have you ever wondered what a spring is?  Well, a spring is a place where groundwater is exposed or emerges at the surface. Springs are classified into two main categories — lentic and lotic — based on…
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Finding Springs to Protect and Restore in the Bighorn Fire Area of the Santa Catalina Mountains

September 7, 2021

One year after the colossal Bighorn Fire burned 120,000 acres in Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, ecosystems are recovering. In these ecosystems, springs are a critical feature of the post-burn landscape and provide water for wildlife and opportunities for…
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