Patagonia spring

Protect Patagonia Springs and Creeks From Mining

December 14, 2023

Hundreds of springs in southern Arizona’s Patagonia Mountains, as well as the wildlife that depend on them, are at risk. A mining company called South32 seeks to develop a new…
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Star plant

A Sonoran Field Trip During the Rainy Season

August 10, 2023

In the middle of this past July, I had the great pleasure of going on an outing to check remote wildlife cameras at Rancho Nuevo near Moctezuma, Sonora. Joining me…
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Help Survey Patagonia Springs Before New Mining

July 10, 2023

This summer, you’re invited to join us in southern Arizona’s scenic Patagonia Mountains for an important Spring Seeker campaign. Plans are moving forward for a new underground mine known as…
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Monsoon rainfall in Sky Islands

New Maps to Track Monsoon Rain in the Sky Islands

July 6, 2023

It’s fast approaching our favorite time of year again — when the desert springs to life with the onset of monsoon rains. Although the projections for 2023 are that the…
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Rancho El Cajete

Getting Ready for Rain in Moctezuma, Sonora

April 4, 2023

  Rainwater harvesting has been practiced for hundreds of years throughout the Sonoran Desert — so it’s nothing new. But in recent times there’s been an exciting resurgence using both…
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Evans Canyon

UN-Funded Conservation Project Takes Off in Sonora

February 22, 2023

  In 2022 the United Nations Development Program, Coca-Cola Foundation, and Ayuda en Acción in México launched a call for project proposals to enhance the health of rivers in priority…
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Putnam Wash spring

New Rule Sends Ripples Through Waters of the U.S.

January 11, 2023

Growing up in Tucson with the surrounding Arizona desert, any time I saw water, whether it was in the Rillito at flood stage or Sabino Canyon year-round, I assumed it…
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Aravaipa Canyon vinca removal

Aravaipa Canyon: Vinca Update

October 24, 2022

Work to remove invasive Vinca major (aka periwinkle or simply vinca) in southern Arizona’s spectacular Aravaipa Canyon has been ongoing since our last update in March 2022. In fact, we’ve…
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Junior Spring Seeker booklet

New Activity Book for Junior Spring Seekers

August 15, 2022

Leer en español Earlier this year I worked with a group of students at the University of Arizona to develop a resource that’d introduce kids to the wild world of…
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Javier and friends

Javier Noriega: Stories From Camp Week

July 27, 2022

  Last week my fellow interns, Sky Island Alliance staff, and I ventured out on a week-long field trip to different ranches, an experience that I will certainly remember with…
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