Field Notes

Friday Creature Feature: Coyote

February 21, 2020

The coyote (Canis latrans) is native to North and Central America. They are very adaptable and can live in all types of habitats across the continent. But more recently they are becoming more adapted to urban and suburban life. Smaller than wolves, they often look like a domestic dog. You can distinguish a coyote from…
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Cómo los datos de cámaras trampa pueden cambiar ley

February 20, 2020

La carretera 2 en el norte de Sonora, México, es una de las principales barreras que previene a la vida silvestre moverse entre el norte y el sur en la región de las Islas del Cielo. Debido a esta preocupación, Sky Island Alliance, en colaboración con Wildlands Network, monitoreó la carretera 2 de Sonora con…
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How wildlife camera data can change policy

February 19, 2020

Highway 2 in northern Sonora, Mexico is one of the major barriers for wildlife to move north and south in the Sky Island region. Due to this concern Sky Island Alliance, in collaboration with Wildlands Network, monitored Sonora’s Highway 2 with direct observations and wildlife cameras to document roadkill hotspots in 2016 and 2018. This was done to help inform…
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Sky Island SPOTlight: Ruby, Arizona

February 17, 2020

Ruby Arizona was once a mining town started in the 1870s. It was abandoned in the 1940s and it is now a ghost town. Located in Santa Cruz, County Arizona it is nestled in the Pajarito Mountians west of Nogales, Ruby Arizona really is a gem of the region. While it is one of the…
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Consejos y trucos para identificar fotos de vida silvestre

February 15, 2020

No todas nuestras imágenes de vida silvestre son dignas de Instagram, nuestras cámaras toman decenas de miles de fotos cada año y la mayoría de ellas son muy difíciles de identificar. Ser capaz de seleccionar e identificar animales en cada cámara trampa es una habilidad y requiere entrenar su ojo para buscar. A continuación, le…
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Friday Creature Feature: Javelina

February 14, 2020

The collared peccary (Pecari tajacu), or more commonly known here in the Southwest as the javelina, is a stout pig-like creature with grizzled coarse hair, long nose, and short legs. They have a white line of hair running from under their neck to their shoulders, giving them their name. The collared peccary is in the…
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Tips and Tricks to ID wildlife photos

February 12, 2020

Not all of our wildlife images are Instagram worthy, our cameras take tens of thousands of photos each year and the majority of them are just of animals moving about their day. Being able to pick out and identify animals in each wildlife camera is a skill and requires training your eye to look for….
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Cómo revisar su cámara trampa

February 11, 2020

Si no ha leído la publicación anterior sobre la configuración de una cámara, se la recomiendo, encuéntrela aquí: Cómo instalamos cámaras trampa Este protocolo es cómo nosotros en SIA revisamos nuestras cámaras, espero poder transmitirle algunos consejos y trucos. Cada cuando revisar cámaras   Descubrimos que las cámaras deben visitarse cada 2 a 3 meses como…
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Friday Creature Feature: White-tailed deer

February 7, 2020

The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is native all the way from Southern Canada to Central  America. They thrive in many habitat types including, mountains, swamps, shrublands, and rainforests. In all these ecosystems, the deer prefer dense thickets for cover, with open grassy edges for food. In the Southwest white-tailed deer can be found at higher…
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How to check your wildlife camera

February 5, 2020

If you haven’t read the previous post about setting up a camera, I highly recommend it, find it here: How SIA Sets Up Our Wildlife Cameras If you have read our previous blog post about how to set-up a wildlife camera, you are now ready to learn how to check your camera. This protocol is…
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