Field Notes

Meet our 2016 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars!

July 5, 2016

NAOMI PRIMERO University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, CA What part of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program are you most excited about? I am so excited to meet and connect with people of all backgrounds, people who are all interested in pursuing the same goals as I am. What do you hope to get out…
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WELCOME SKY ISLAND ALLIANCE’S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LOUISE MISZTAL!

June 13, 2016

The Sky Island Alliance Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Misztal as the new Executive Director. Louise was most recently the organization’s Conservation Director where she developed new initiatives to respond to climate change impacts, survey, protect and restore fragile spring ecosystems, and conduct large landscape conservation planning to focus…
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Jan Holder To Step Down as ED

April 28, 2016

After two years of dedicated and effective service to Sky Island Alliance, Jan Holder has resigned as the Executive Director, effective May 31st.  Jan has underscored that this is a personal decision, intended to allow her to cut back on her work schedule, and spend more time with her family.   The staff and Board of Directors…
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Desert tortoise found crossing the new Oracle Rd wildlife underpass. Photo (c) 2015 Jesse Espinoza & Granite Construction.

Tortoise Interrupts Construction Workers to use New Wildlife Underpass

October 15, 2015

This tortoise is the first animal to use the Oracle Road wildlife crossing – and they haven’t even finished building it yet.

Unique Partnership Leads to Buffer Wildlife Overpass Project on Church Property

October 9, 2015

On Friday October 15th through Sunday October 17th, volunteers from the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson Audubon Society, and the Santa Catalina Catholic Church will work together to install irrigation and plant native plants near the new wildlife overpass in Oro Valley.

Our Move

October 5, 2015

Moving is bittersweet. There will be familiar handwriting on post-its of the past that catch our sight as we box up, and memories triggered as we pull things off of walls.

Student project results in new jaguar sighting

September 8, 2015

It is not every day a rare charismatic carnivore steps in front of a wildlife camera, especially when there is only one jaguar currently known to roam southwestern Arizona. But that is exactly what happened to Dean Goehring, a student at Prescott College.

VIDEO: SIA on The Morning Blend

July 30, 2015

Did you see us on KGUN9’s The Morning Blend? Watch Conservation Manager Jessica Moreno’s interview here!

TAKE ACTION! Benson development could suck San Pedro River Dry

June 24, 2015

More data and study is needed to fully understand the impacts that Villages at Vigneto, a city-sized development proposed on 12,000 acres of private land located southwest of Benson, Arizona, would have on our community, water and natural resources.

Volunteer Heroes add Diversity in Bear Canyon

This year’s spring break marks our one year anniversary working in Bear Canyon, located in Tucson, Arizona on the Coronado National Forest boundary in the Santa Catalina Mountains.