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July 2020

Sky Island Coffee Break: Be a Spring Seeker

July 16 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Register for the Webinar Here Calling all Sky Island volunteers and hikers! During this webinar, learn how to collect valuable information on the health of springs across the Sky Island region independently. Our staff will introduce you to our new Spring Seeker survey for your smartphone and guide you through the simple steps to complete the survey during your next hike. Your  Spring Seeker contributions will alert us to the conditions of springs and guide where we work to protect springs next. Join us to learn about this new exciting and socially-distant volunteer…

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Wilderness Springs Training

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Register Here Did you know that springs on U.S. Forest Service land might not be protected unless they are surveyed to validate the water rights? Come learn more about our new Spring Seeker survey and how you can help survey wilderness spring this summer in Coronado National Forest! We'll cover topics including which wilderness areas need to be surveyed and how to plan your Spring Survey field adventures. We’ll also review any questions about the Spring Seeker survey you may…

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Sky Island Coffee Break: Border Wildlife Study 90-Day Report

July 23 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Register for the Zoom Link Here Join us as we share new results from the first 90 days of our Border Wildlife Study documenting species in the path of the border wall. Since March 9, 2020, our 60-camera array along 34 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border recorded a huge diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects that live along the rugged and scenic border. Wall construction is beginning this month on the eastern edge of our study site in the…

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Sky Island Coffee Break: Introduction to Zooniverse

July 30 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Are you an expert birder? Amateur mammal enthusiast? Excited to learn more about the diverse wildlife species of the Sky Islands?  Come join us to hear about our new community science projects on the Zooniverse platform where you can see photos from our wildlife cameras and help us with species identification. We’ll walk through the platform, include tips from our staff wildlife biologist, and leave plenty of time for questions!  Register Here

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August 2020

Sky Island Coffee Break: Conservation in Mexico 101

August 13 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Join a discussion with our new Conservation Director, Paulo Quadri Barba, as he tells the story of land tenure and conservation in Mexico and describes the conservation tools used to protect both public and private land. Hear the latest news on recent defunding of CONANP—Mexico’s equivalent to the National Park Service—and how reserves in the Sky Island region may be impacted. We will also share Sky Island Alliance’s partnerships with Mexican conservation ranches and nonprofits to keep water flowing and…

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Conservation in the Patagonia Mountains

August 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm

Join a discussion with Patagonia Area Resource Alliance (PARA)—one of Sky Island Alliance's Border Wildlife Study partners—to learn about wildlife conservation efforts in Arizona's Patagonia Mountains. For nearly a decade, PARA has collected camera data to document the incredible diversity of flora and fauna species that live within the mountains' canyons and corridors. However, many of these species and their unique habitats are threatened by mining activity and border wall construction. These actions are detrimental to species survival and cross-border…

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September 2020

Set Up Your Own Backyard Wildlife Camera

September 3 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

If you want to see animals roam through your own corner of the Sky Islands 24/7, learn how to set up a wildlife camera in your own backyard. Join us for this virtual Coffee Break to learn Sky Island Alliance tips and tricks for choosing the right camera for your interest and how to set it up for success. Spoiler alert, we are also going to show a lot of our favorite wildlife videos! Free to Join Click here to…

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Signs of Life—Forest Recovery After Fire

September 17 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Join us for this Coffee Break to find hope in the ashes after wildfire. Across the west, fires are burning in a multitude of forests this year. We will discuss how different forest types recover after burning, from the Sky Island pine forests of the Southwest to the coast redwood forests of California. We will take inspiration from nature’s resilience to recharge ourselves so that we can rise and meet the challenge of stewarding the lands we love through climate…

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October 2020

Evaluation of Water Sources in Sonora’s Sky Islands / Evaluación de fuentes de agua natural en las Islas del Cielo de Sonora

October 1 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Register Here Join us on October 1, 2020 at 9:30am MST for a conversation with UNISIERRA undergraduate and Sky Island Alliance intern, Angel Octavio Garcia Godinez, about the results of his Spring Seeker survey project in Sonora, MX this summer. Angel surveyed more than 40 springs with his family, dramatically increasing our knowledge of springs in the area and came across an inspiring array of plants and wildlife including a Sonoran mud turtle. Angel’s presentation will be bilingual in English and Spanish with subtitles.  Acompáñanos el 1ero de Octubre de…

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Introduction to Sky Island FotoFauna

October 15 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Register Here Do you have a backyard wildlife camera and want to contribute your photos to help monitor wildlife movement? Join us for this Coffee Break to learn all about our new volunteer wildlife monitoring network across the Sky Island region—FotoFauna. We’ll explain how to complete a monthly checklist of important indicator species from your own camera and submit it through our simple online survey form every month. Together, we’ll increase our sampling power across the landscape by combining camera…

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