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September 2020

Signs of Life—Forest Recovery After Fire

September 17, 2020 @ 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

Wilderness Waters: October Spring Surveys

October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020

Join a SIA staff member OR another volunteer in the field for a physically-distanced spring survey! 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 how to use our new Spring Seeker to survey wilderness springs and other waters this fall in Coronado National Forest. We'll be focusing on the Mt. Wrightson, Miller Peak, and Rincon Wilderness areas. Group size will be limited to…

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

October 1, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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My Wanderings in the Sonoran Sky Islands—Conservation Stories with Mario Cirett

October 29, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Register for the Zoom Link Here A natural-born naturalist who began camping solo at the age of 10, Mario Cirett has been working to protect the Sky Islands in Sonora for nearly 3 decades. He has been a fundamental actor in the conservation of Sonoran species and ecosystems, including working as the director of the Ajos-Bavispe Wildlife Reserve. Throughout his career and his personal adventures, he has experienced everything that is to be experienced in one of the most remote…

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November 2020

Binational Conservation in the Upper San Pedro River Watershed

November 12, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Register for the Zoom link here Join this Coffee Break to hear from Profauna’s Mario Cirett and Antonio Esquer about binational collaborations investing in conservation and restoration of the Sonoran Sky Island since the early 2000s. Thanks to the Parks in Peril program from USAID, the San Pedro River watershed experienced one of its more important conservation moments towards the end of the 1990s and into the 2000s. Through organizations like The Nature Conservancy and local state government agencies in Sonora, Mexico, the funds from Parks in…

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December 2020

Sky Island Coffee Break: Border Wildlife Study 6 Month Update

December 10, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Register for the Zoom Link Join us to learn the latest results from our Border Wildlife Study. With 84 species detected since March, you won’t want to miss seeing photographs of the new species we’ve seen including porcupine and the Virginia opossum. We’ll discuss which species appear most often at night and which species prefer different vegetation types, then show you how border wall construction is encroaching on our study area right now. We couldn’t have carried this study to…

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Sky Island Coffee Break: Best FotoFauna Photographs of 2020

December 17, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Register for the Zoom Link Join us to see the many candid and beautiful wildlife photos contributed to Sky Island FotoFauna in 2020 by volunteers and partners across the region. During this virtual Coffee Break you will cast votes for the best photos of the year! Help us select the winning photographs and wrap up 2020 in a celebration of wildlife.

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Aravaipa Canyon Vinca Removal: Dec 18 – 20

December 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - December 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Aravaipa Canyon – East Aravaipa, AZ 85543 United States + Google Map

Ready to safely get out of the house? Come join us December 18th – 20th  in Aravaipa Canyon Preserve!  TO REGISTER CLICK HERE! THE WORK: Sky Island Alliance has been helping The Nature Conservancy in Aravaipa Canyon for several years on a variety of projects to increase watershed health along this perennial riparian area. Recently we've been working on addressing the threat of invasive periwinkle (Vinca major) throughout the canyon. During this trip we will continue our work to eradicate periwinkle from the riparian understory of…

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January 2021

Sky Island Coffee Break: Celebrating Three Decades of Sky Island Conservation

January 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Register Here The new year marks a huge milestone for Sky Island Alliance—2021 is the organization’s 30th anniversary! Join SIA Executive Director Louise Misztal and Communications Manager Anna Sofia for the first coffee break of 2021 and embark on a trip down memory lane. You’ll learn about the long-spanning history of Sky Island Alliance, get to know some of the incredible people and partners that have worked with us to support the health of this region, explore the various iterations…

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