Field Notes

Meet a Cross-Border Cat—Jaguar

September 30, 2019

Panthera onca, known as the jaguar, is the largest cat in the Americas.  Revered in many cultures and religions, these powerful animals are the top predator in their environment. Their distinctive rosette spots is what makes the jaguar unique. Because of their spotted coat, they are Near Threatened according to the IUCN Red List.  However,…
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Meet a Cross-Border Cat—Mountain Lion

September 25, 2019

Puma concolor is known by many names: mountain lion, puma, cougar, catamount, and panther, but all refer to the same species. Mountain lions have the widest geographic range of any mammal in the Western Hemisphere. They roam across North and South America, but due to hunting pressures the mountain lion went extinct in the eastern…
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Meet a Cross-Border Cat—Ocelot

September 24, 2019

Known in Spanish as el tigrillo or ocelote, Leopardus pardalis is a neotropical cat that roams forests, scrublands, and savannas from South America northwards into the southern US. This spotted wildcat is roughly twice the size of a housecat, weighing up to 35 lbs. The ocelot is much smaller than the other spotted cat of…
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Meet a Cross-Border Cat—Bobcat

September 21, 2019

Lynx rufus is small wildcat that prowls deserts and forests from Central Mexico to Canada. Slightly larger than a house cat, these adaptable felines love to hunt rabbits throughout the borderlands and you just might see one strolling through your suburban neighborhood. Keep a watchful eye out for these nocturnal cats with short tails and…
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Wildlife of the Borderlands

June 28, 2019

Sky Island Alliance’s Border Camera Summary Sky Island Alliance has been monitoring seventeen cameras within thirty-five miles from the United States and Mexico border. These cameras have been operational since July 2017, monitored by dozens of dedicated volunteers and this is a summary of over twenty-two months of photo data. The purpose of this summary…
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