Field Notes

Hummingbird chicks

The Great Backyard Bird Count Is Here — So Are All These Other Beauties

February 8, 2023

Leer en español Guest Blog by Randy Serraglio  When my partner and I moved into our house about 11 years ago, we saw great potential for creating urban habitat, even…
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Putnam Wash spring

New Rule Sends Ripples Through Waters of the U.S.

January 11, 2023

Leer en español Growing up in Tucson with the surrounding Arizona desert, any time I saw water, whether it was in the Rillito at flood stage or Sabino Canyon year-round,…
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Monica Montaño

Sonora Program Continues to Grow With New Role

January 9, 2023

Leer en español Mónica Montaño joined Sky Island Alliance in 2021 as a summer intern and first started working with us on our wildlife-camera projects. In her current role, she…
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White-tailed deer

Reflecting on Our Work at the Border in 2022

December 21, 2022

Leer en español It was quite a year on the border between Sonora and Arizona. From huge summer rains that greened up the area’s grasslands to an illegal shipping-container wall…
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UniSierra Agreement

SIA, UniSierra Extend Partnership With New Agreement

December 15, 2022

Leer en español We couldn’t be more excited to be entering a new level of collaboration with our friends at the Universidad de la Sierra in Moctezuma, Sonora. This past…
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Sonoran Desert Nutcracker

Sonoran Desert Nutcracker 2022

December 13, 2022

Leer en español Every year our Program Director Emily Burns makes a highlights video of wildlife in her backyard and then sets it to music from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.” We hope…
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Esqueda festival

Esqueda Festival Marks Another First in Sonora

December 5, 2022

Leer en español On Nov. 24-25 the town of Esqueda, Sonora, hosted its first conservation festival — a huge success. It was organized by the wildlife club at the University…
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Maggie Trinkle

Farewell to Maggie Trinkle

November 30, 2022

Leer en español This November our longtime employee Maggie Trinkle, who served as our chief operations officer, said goodbye to Sky Island Alliance. I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of working…
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Border wall painting

A Work of Art Inspired by the Border Wall

November 29, 2022

Leer en español In August 2022 our Sonoran Springs Specialist Ángel Garcia, originally from Esqueda, Sonora, decided to follow his dream of studying dance and arts in Mexicali, Baja California,…
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Mapping work in the Sky Islands

Photo Gallery: Team Building in Naco, Sonora

November 7, 2022

Leer en español On Nov. 4 several of our U.S. and Mexico staff met up in Naco, Sonora, for some team building, big-picture planning, and, of course, tasty treats! So…
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