Field Notes

The Border Wall: What’s Happening One Year Later

January 20, 2022

One year ago, President Biden paused the border wall. On January 20, 2021, I remember holding my breath and hoping that when President Biden stepped into office, he’d immediately end the senseless destruction at the border. Which he did, issuing Proclamation 10142 and pausing the wall. Construction crews had seven days to tidy up their…
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Meet an SIA Staff Member: Zach Palma

January 19, 2022

Help us give a warm welcome to Zach Palma (he/him/his), our new Mexico Projects Manager! Zach started with Sky Island Alliance in January 2022 to continue and extend our mission into the Sky Islands of Sonora, Mexico. Zach manages projects in Mexico, stewards and fosters a cultural understand between people who live in Sonora’s unique…
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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 source for bats (which drink from open water), a layover spot for migratory waterfowl and other birds, and habitat for native fish and frogs —…
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Experiencia como Asistente de Sky Island Alliance

January 10, 2022

Trabajar como asistente fue una gran experiencia porque fue mi primer año de empleo profesional, ejerciendo mis estudios, por lo cual estoy muy agradecido con Sky Island Alliance por darme esta gran oportunidad y confiar en mí. Mi primer año como asistente de SIA inició una vez que me gradué de la Universidad De La…
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Un año siendo asistente de Sky Island Alliance

January 6, 2022

El 2021 fue para mí un año lleno de emociones, logros, reflexiones, pero sobre todo un año lleno de aprendizajes, oportunidades y crecimiento profesional. En este año mi vida cambio por completo… Siendo un estudiante a punto de egresar de la universidad me llene de expectativas sobre el nuevo mundo, “El mundo laboral”. Estaba feliz…
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Community’s Choice: The 19 Best FotoFauna Photos of 2021

January 3, 2022

On December 16, Sky Island Alliance and Saguaro National Park co-presented the second annual “Sky Island FotoFauna Best Of” event to celebrate twelve months of wildlife across the Sky Island region. Participants from all corners of the region — including Show Low, Arizona and Hermosillo, Sonora — found a sense of delight and wonder through…
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Celebrating 2021 on Our Border Wildlife Study Cameras

December 28, 2021

It’s hard to believe the Border Wildlife Study entered its second year in 2021, with over three million photos detected since March of 2020 and over 60,000 photos containing some type of life. 2021 was a year of extremes. The first half was wracked by extreme drought. The drought-deciduous oaks dropped their leaves and the…
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Meet an SIA Staff Member: Amy Amoroso

Amy Amoroso, our Development Director, started with Sky Island Alliance in November 2021 to lead our cultivated giving program, stewardship of donors, legacy giving, and fund development. She works closely with organizational leadership to innovate giving practices and to ensure the sustainability of Sky Island Alliance into the future. Read this fun highlight to learn more…
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Tips for Protecting Wild Cats #3: Let’s Talk Domestic Cats

December 14, 2021

We believe in a world where iconic wild cats thrive, a world where park staff and local communities are united and provide safe passage for wildlife across public lands and private ranches in Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona. Since we hope to achieve this vision through our 1,000 Cats Project, we are launching this series of…
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Your 2021 Holiday Guide to Sky Island Gifts

December 8, 2021

Knowing that there are only two weeks left until Christmas is often enough to inspire a sense of panic in even the most enthusiastic holiday shoppers. Doubly so for those who are distracted by the passage of time — and then suddenly the calendar says it’s nearly the end of the year. We know we aren’t the only ones who feel that 2021…
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