Field Notes

Aravaipa Canyon vinca removal

Aravaipa Canyon: Vinca Update

October 24, 2022

Leer en español Work to remove invasive Vinca major (aka periwinkle or simply vinca) in southern Arizona’s spectacular Aravaipa Canyon has been ongoing since our last update in March 2022….
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Tarantula

Season’s Greetings, Nocturnal Creatures!

Leer en español As Halloween approaches, images of werewolves, chupacabras, and all sorts of other scary-spookies are everywhere. Definitely in my head; maybe in yours. Throughout the year we here…
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Moctezuma festival

Photo Gallery: 1st Festival of the Sky Islands

October 20, 2022

Leer en español On Oct. 14-15 several of our staff from both sides of the border united in Moctezuma, Sonora, for the first annual Festival of the Sky Islands. So…
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Milky Way

Join the Challenge: Help Document Dark Skies, Oct. 17-26

October 3, 2022

Leer en español We’ve got a fun challenge for you that involves going outdoors and taking a simple measurement of how dark the sky is around you. Our goal is…
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Coyotes in wash

A Big Month for Coyotes

September 28, 2022

Leer en español When reviewing photos from Sky Island Alliance’s FotoFauna wildlife cameras each month, I always get excited to see which species will show up and what story they’ll…
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Velvet mesquite

New Names for Our Old Friends the Mesquites

September 25, 2022

Leer en español If you live in the Sky Islands, you’ve likely seen anywhere from one to three of our local mesquite tree species — velvet mesquite, honey mesquite, and…
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Fireflies

An Unforgettable Encounter With Arizona Fireflies

September 19, 2022

Leer en español Guest Blog and Photos by Julius Schlosburg On the East Coast many of us grew up catching fireflies or “lightning bugs.” We’d contain them in jars or…
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Jimmy Gribbin

Staff Highlight: Jimmy Gribbin

September 15, 2022

Leer en español Jimmy Gribbin, our Field Coordinator, started with Sky Island Alliance in September 2022 to recruit and organize volunteers for our conservation programs. He also helps handle field…
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Whitelined sphinxmoth

Marvelous Monsoon Hawkmoths

September 7, 2022

Leer en español  Guest Blog by Justin Schmidt and Jillian Cowles We take for granted in the Sky Islands that the summer monsoons bring flowers. But beautiful flowers as we…
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Pat Cicero

Volunteer Spotlight: Pat Cicero

August 25, 2022

Leer en español  Please introduce yourself! Where are you from, and what do you do? Thanks for giving me this opportunity to share insights with Sky Island Alliance. I’m Patrick…
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