Field Notes

Love Bats? This Fall, Help Us Monitor Their Activity

September 21, 2021

At some point over the summer, did you wake up to discover that your hummingbird feeder had been drained and emptied seemingly overnight? If so, how exciting! You may have been visited by migratory bats. Photo credit: Four bats feeding from a hummingbird feeder after dusk. Taken by Emily Burns. For many years, community scientists…
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Summer FotoFauna Contest: Vote Here for the Winner!

September 20, 2021

Behold, the 15 finalists for the summer 2021 Sky Island FotoFauna photo contest — this time starring some exciting new species (including Gila monster and a Sonoran desert toad). Help us decide the winner! Please review these photos by Saturday, September 25, then use the form at the bottom of the page to cast your…
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Acabamos de Tener Nuestro Primer Avistamiento de Serpientes en el Estudio de Vida Silvestre Fronteriza

September 16, 2021

El 11 de julio, casi 16 meses después del inicio de nuestro Estudio de Vida Silvestre Fronteriza, nuestras cámaras trampa detectaron la primera serpiente del estudio: ¡una Culebra chirrionera de Sonora (Masticophis bilineatus)!  Pie de foto: Una serpiente Chirrionera de Sonora deslizándose por un tronco caído (ve el lado izquierdo del tronco). La Culebra chirrionera de Sonora es una especie común que se ve en la región de las Islas del…
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Summer Intern Stories: Camera Traps, Experiences, and Sightings / Cámara Trampa, Experiencia y Avistamientos

September 9, 2021

Escrito por Maybeth Yulissa Pinto Santana, participante del Programa Binacional de Pasantías de Sky Island Alliance 2021. / Written by Maybeth Yulissa Pinto Santana, a 2021 Sky Island Alliance Binational Internship Program participant. En toda la carrera mi encuentro más cercano a una cámara trampa fue una vez en un taller que tuvimos, donde nos…
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Finding Springs to Protect and Restore in the Bighorn Fire Area of the Santa Catalina Mountains

September 7, 2021

One year after the colossal Bighorn Fire burned 120,000 acres in Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, ecosystems are recovering. In these ecosystems, springs are a critical feature of the post-burn landscape and provide water for wildlife and opportunities for regrowth of plants.   Photo caption: Annabel spring in the Santa Catalinas, January 2021. Fire can be beneficial, especially for plants that have evolved to reproduce when there is a…
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Concurso de fotografía: Celebre el verano con sus fotografías favoritas de FotoFauna

September 1, 2021

A medida que el verano llega a su fin, ¡hagamos una pausa para celebrar las especies que hemos visto en nuestras cámaras de vida silvestre!  Este año, el personal de Sky Island Alliance ha visto a los cachorros de oseznos seguir a sus madres a través de verdes paisajes, manadas de coyotes y jabalies bebiendo de las cuencas cercanas, zorros grises regresando victoriosos de una…
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Watch Six Weeks of Wildlife at the Border during Monsoon

August 26, 2021

I remember how loud the crunchy sound of extremely dry grass underfoot was in the San Rafael Valley near the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year. For months, we had watched the decline in vegetation across the region during the exceptional drought of the last few years. With fewer and fewer wildlife detections on our Border…
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Summer Intern Stories: G’ashdla a cho o aa

August 20, 2021

Written by Cassandra Villegas, a 2021 Sky Island Alliance Binational Internship Program participant. Aravaipa Canyon is one of the Sky Island region’s treasured memories that will always be etched in my heart. The “Camp Grant Massacre” was the name given to the massacre of Apaches at Aravaipa in the historical books. With the implicit awareness of…
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Conoce a un miembro del personal: Sarah Truebe

August 19, 2021

Estamos encantados de darle la bienvenida a Sarah Truebe, nuestra nueva Gerente de Conservación de Hábitat de Sky Island Alliance. Sarah comienza en julio de 2021 y llega a nosotros con más de 2 décadas de experiencia. ¡Por favor tómate este tiempo para darle la bienvenida a Sarah y conocerla un poquito! Leyenda: Sarah estás…
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Photo Contest: Celebrate Summer with Your Favorite FotoFauna Photographs

As summer comes to a close, let’s pause to celebrate the species we’ve seen on our wildlife cameras! This year, staff at Sky Island Alliance have watched bear cubs follow their mothers across greening landscapes, packs of coyote and javelina drink from nearby water bowls, gray foxes return victorious from a hunt—and, above all, enjoyed…
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