Field Notes

Notes from the Field: Our First Look at the Wildlife in Coronado National Memorial

July 7, 2021

Last month, we placed five new wildlife cameras in Coronado National Memorial. These camera additions extend our Border Wildlife Study eastward into the zone where the border wall was extended by the Trump administration in 2020. The cameras are placed within oak woodland habitat on the southern steep slopes of the Huachuca Mountains—about 1.5 miles…
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Webinar Recap: Binational Experts Discuss Sky Island Biodiversity and Conservation

July 6, 2021

In April, our Conservation Director Paulo Quadri had the pleasure of moderating the University of Arizona’s three-part webinar series on Sky Island biodiversity and conservation. Diverse panelists from different universities, nonprofits, research labs, and government agencies across the U.S. and Mexico joined to discuss the scientific work they’re doing to help protect and restore the Sky Island region on a transnational scale. Each session consisted…
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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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Six Ways We can Help Save the Wild Cats of the Sky Islands

June 24, 2021

Video Transcript: Every wild cat’s life is a journey in search of water, food, shelter, and mates. In our modern world, cats face many obstacles that cut them off from resources they need to thrive … or even cut their lives short. And yet there is so much that we together can do save the…
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Sky Island Spotlight: Meet the Local Tucson Project that Studies Urban Bobcat Behavior

June 22, 2021

Photo Credit: Michael Baldwin Please enjoy this blog submitted by Kerry Baldwin from Bobcats in Tucson. Some of the original blog copy was altered by Sky Island Alliance for simplified reading.  A basic truth in wildlife management is this: wildlife is a product of its habitat. Habitat is the dynamic interaction of an animal’s food, water, shelter,…
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Notes from the Field: The Great Porcupine Search

June 10, 2021

Photo Caption: A North American porcupine detected on one of our Border Wildlife Study cameras. Thank you to our wonderful volunteer, Alicia Stout, for this engaging blog post she wrote on her recent wildlife adventures with SIA staff in the field! If you have similar stories of volunteering with us, please send a write-up to…
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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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Border Wildlife Study: Vegetation and Drought in the Borderlands

May 21, 2021

For the last year, the Border Wildlife Study cameras have documented an amazing array of wildlife species across the San Rafael Valley and the Patagonia and Huachuca Mountains that flank it on the west and east. One of the interesting questions of our study is: How does the wildlife community vary across the different habitats…
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Notes from the Field: Wildlife in San Antonio Canyon

May 18, 2021

Recently, Sky Island Alliance staff had the opportunity to take a group of reporters down to our Border Wildlife Study area so that they could see what’s at stake with the threat of more border infrastructure looming over the region. While we were visiting, we got the chance to visit one of our wildlife cameras that predates the study, as well…
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