Field Notes

Friday Creature Feature : American Kestrel

April 10, 2020

    After just a few weeks, wildlife cameras in our Border Wildlife Study  detected 27 different species of wildlife in these incredible borderlands. Some of those species were photographed multiple times, as is the case of the American Kestrels! So, we thought we’d share some interesting facts about these magnificent birds:  American kestrels (Falco sparverius) are the smallest bird of prey in North America.   They are widespread throughout the Americas, ranging from Alaska to the…
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Friday Creature Feature: Bobcat

February 28, 2020

The bobcat (Lynx rufus) can be found all throughout the United States, Mexico, and Southern Canada. Like the coyote, the bobcat is adaptable and can be found in many habitat types. In the Sky Island Region, they can be found in the alpine tops of mountains to the hot desert floors. Bobcats are also adapting…
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Friday Creature Feature: Coyote

February 21, 2020

The coyote (Canis latrans) is native to North and Central America. They are very adaptable and can live in all types of habitats across the continent. But more recently they are becoming more adapted to urban and suburban life. Smaller than wolves, they often look like a domestic dog. You can distinguish a coyote from…
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How wildlife camera data can change policy

February 19, 2020

Highway 2 in northern Sonora, Mexico is one of the major barriers for wildlife to move north and south in the Sky Island region. Due to this concern Sky Island Alliance, in collaboration with Wildlands Network, monitored Sonora’s Highway 2 with direct observations and wildlife cameras to document roadkill hotspots in 2016 and 2018. This was done to help inform…
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Consejos y trucos para identificar fotos de vida silvestre

February 15, 2020

No todas nuestras imágenes de vida silvestre son dignas de Instagram, nuestras cámaras toman decenas de miles de fotos cada año y la mayoría de ellas son muy difíciles de identificar. Ser capaz de seleccionar e identificar animales en cada cámara trampa es una habilidad y requiere entrenar su ojo para buscar. A continuación, le…
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Friday Creature Feature: Javelina

February 14, 2020

The collared peccary (Pecari tajacu), or more commonly known here in the Southwest as the javelina, is a stout pig-like creature with grizzled coarse hair, long nose, and short legs. They have a white line of hair running from under their neck to their shoulders, giving them their name. The collared peccary is in the…
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Tips and Tricks to ID wildlife photos

February 12, 2020

Not all of our wildlife images are Instagram worthy, our cameras take tens of thousands of photos each year and the majority of them are just of animals moving about their day. Being able to pick out and identify animals in each wildlife camera is a skill and requires training your eye to look for….
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Friday Creature Feature: White-tailed deer

February 7, 2020

The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is native all the way from Southern Canada to Central  America. They thrive in many habitat types including, mountains, swamps, shrublands, and rainforests. In all these ecosystems, the deer prefer dense thickets for cover, with open grassy edges for food. In the Southwest white-tailed deer can be found at higher…
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How to check your wildlife camera

February 5, 2020

If you haven’t read the previous post about setting up a camera, I highly recommend it, find it here: How SIA Sets Up Our Wildlife Cameras If you have read our previous blog post about how to set-up a wildlife camera, you are now ready to learn how to check your camera. This protocol is…
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Friday Creature Feature: Mule deer

February 2, 2020

You can find mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) across Western North American. From central Mexico to southern Alaska. They inhabit the deserts, grasslands, chaparral, forests and mountains of the region. In Southern Arizona, they are frequently seen at lower elevations in the deserts and grasslands, but they will move to higher elevations during the warm summer…
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