Field Notes

McGrew Spring restoration

Summer Intern Stories: Spring Restoration

June 24, 2022

Leer en español SIA Stewardship Specialist Bryon Lichtenhan and I recently headed out to the field, delighted to be accompanied by our three Doris Duke conservation scholars — Taylor Lo,…
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Colecta de peces en redes

In Search of a Threatened Sonoran Minnow

June 15, 2022

Leer en español In May 2022 three Sky Island Alliance staff members from Sonora — Angel García, Miguel Enríquez, and Mónica Montaño — joined a group of native fish researchers…
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Santa Cruz River

Santa Cruz Watershed Gets New Restoration Plan

May 24, 2022

Leer en español In March 2022 the Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative voted to adopt a new restoration plan. This is an exciting step forward in restoring formerly perennial rivers throughout…
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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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