Field Notes

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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Notes from the Field: Round River Conservation Studies Sky Island Semester

February 18, 2021

After spending the last few months planning for the Round River Conservation Studies (RRCS) first ever semester in the Sky Islands, I was ecstatic to finally spend time with them in the field over the past couple weeks. RRCS is an ecological research and education organization dedicated to conservation strategies that are sustainable and tied…
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Get to Know Our Fall 2020 Interns: Osvaldo Dorame

December 14, 2020

We launched our first binational internship program at Sky Island Alliance this year! Despite the many challenges we’ve faced during a global pandemic, the internship program has been an incredible success—so much so that four of our interns from the Universidad de la Sierra (UniSierra) decided to stay on into the fall. ¡Lanzamos nuestro primer…
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Get to Know Our Fall 2020 Interns: Miguel Francisco Enriquez Galaz

December 8, 2020

We launched our first binational internship program at Sky Island Alliance this year! Despite the many challenges we’ve faced during a global pandemic, the internship program has been an incredible success—so much so that four of our interns from the Universidad de la Sierra (UniSierra) decided to stay on into the fall. ¡Lanzamos nuestro primer…
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Get to Know Our Fall 2020 Interns: Elizabeth Solis Pereida

December 3, 2020

We launched our first binational internship program at Sky Island Alliance this year! Despite the many challenges we’ve faced during a global pandemic, the internship program has been an incredible success—so much so that four of our interns from the Universidad de la Sierra (UniSierra) decided to stay on into the fall. ¡Lanzamos nuestro primer…
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