Field Notes

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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Spring Seeking Students

March 9, 2022

Written by: Micah Kaufmann, Earth Grant Intern Recently, a small group of Earth Grant and College of Architecture and Planning (CAPLA) students got the opportunity to go on a group…
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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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Situación de los Manantiales en Sonora, México

February 7, 2022

En Sonora, el tema relacionado con manantiales es poco conocido, la forma de referirse a ellos no es como tal. Cuando se habla de manantiales es fácil imaginarlos con una…
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Building Erosion Control Structures in the Galiuro Mountains

January 18, 2022

In 2017, Sky Island Alliance built two ponds on a ranch at the southern end of the Galiuro Mountains. The intention of this project was to provide a mid-elevation water…
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Un año siendo asistente de Sky Island Alliance

January 6, 2022

El 2021 fue para mí un año lleno de emociones, logros, reflexiones, pero sobre todo un año lleno de aprendizajes, oportunidades y crecimiento profesional. En este año mi vida cambio…
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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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Looking Back at a Fantastic Year of Pulling Vinca Major in Aravaipa Canyon

November 5, 2021

2021 was a great year for pulling Vinca major, an invasive plant, from the creek beds of Aravaipa Canyon Preserve in Arizona. In collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), who…
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