Field Notes

Meet an SIA Staff Member: Sarah Truebe

July 30, 2021

We are delighted to welcome Sarah Truebe, our new Habitat Conservation Manager, to Sky Island Alliance. Sarah started in July 2021 and comes to us with over two decades of experience. Please take this time to welcome Sarah and get to know her a little! Caption: Sarah doing cave research on a laptop. Taken by…
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Sky Island FotoFauna: ¿Cómo influyen los seres humanos en la vida silvestre?

June 28, 2021

Leyenda: ¡Una cámara del Estudio de Vida Silvestre Fronteriza de la directora del Programa SIA, Emily Burns, detecta un avistamiento poco común! ¿Te ha pasado esto? Te sientas para ver qué especies de vida silvestre han aparecido en tu cámara trampa en las últimas semanas y de repente te das cuenta de que tu propio…
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Sky Island FotoFauna: How do Humans Influence Wildlife?

Caption: A Border Wildlife Study camera detects a rare sighting of SIA Program Director Emily Burns! Has this happened to you? You sit down to see which wildlife species have shown up on your trail camera in recent weeks and suddenly realize that your very own house cat has made an unexpected cameo on your…
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Thank You for Making a Difference in Aravaipa Canyon

June 25, 2021

Photo Caption: Volunteers removing vinca under the beautiful fall colors of Aravaipa Canyon. Years have passed since we first partnered with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to remove invasive periwinkle (vinca) from the creek that flows through Aravaipa Canyon. The canyon was full of vinca when we started—so thick in some places that it had choked out the canyon’s native plants, so widespread that it covered miles of creek bed and understory,…
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Border Wildlife Study: People on Our Trail Cameras

May 24, 2021

Photo caption: A white-tailed deer rests near an oak tree (left) while an orange construction vehicle drives quickly along a the border road during active wall construction in the Huachuca Mountains in January 2021. Border Wildlife Study cameras document so much more than just wild animals on the move at the border. They document weather,…
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Celebrating 30 Years of Conservation: The Founding of Sky Island Alliance

May 13, 2021

In 1991, activists from a variety of groups met to discuss the gap they saw in the environmental grassroots movements of the time. National conservation organizations had their priorities, but none of them were focused on protecting the biodiversity of the Sky Island region—a place that needed to be seen as a landscape without state, federal, or international borders.  That’s…
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Setting Up FotoFauna Cameras along the Arizona Trail

May 3, 2021

In April, I had the opportunity to head up Miller Peak with Chelsey Tellez, Wildlife Monitoring Coordinator at the Arizona Trail Association (ATA). We set out with a skip in our step and a few pounds of wildlife cameras in our backpacks. Chelsey was excited to collect data from wildlife cameras she had set out a few months ago as part of a…
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¡Felicidades a Nuestros 2021 Asistentes por Graduarse con Honores!

April 27, 2021

En 2020, Sky Island Alliance comenzó el programa binacional de pasantías, una oportunidad de aprendizaje práctico que nosotros esperábamos inspirar una generación nueva de conservacionistas en la región de las Islas del Cielos. Seis internos fueron alojados durante el transcurso del verano, cuatro de los cuales eligieron quedarse después del otoño y el invierno para…
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Congratulations to Our 2021 Sky Island Fellows for Graduating with Honors

April 21, 2021

In 2020, Sky Island Alliance launched the binational internship program, a hands-on learning opportunity that we hoped would inspire a new generation of conservationists in the Sky Island region. We hosted six interns over the course of the summer, four of which chose to stay on into the fall and winter months to continue their projects in spring seeking, data…
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Embracing a New Era—with a New Secretary of the Interior

April 5, 2021

April. It’s a fresh slate with desert blooms, Covid-19 vaccines, and Deb Haaland’s first full month as the Secretary of the Interior. There’s a lot to look forward to!  Haaland’s election is a historic moment. She is a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico and is also the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history. But she’s not new to politics—in 2018 she was one of the first two Native American women…
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