Field Notes

Mexican Natural Protected Area: APFF Bavispe

December 11, 2019

Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna (APFF) Bavispe is a 200,900 ha Natural Protected Area in Sonora, Mexico that is scattered across 3 sky islands – Sierra Los Ajos, Sierra Buenos Aires and Sierra La Púrica. It is composed of a combination of federal, private, and communal lands all under federal protection. Being one of Mexico’s…
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Staff Highlight: Meagan Bethel

December 9, 2019

For the next 8 weeks are highlighting a member of each of our staff, asking them a few questions to know them better! Let’s start off this Staff Highlight series with: Meagan Bethel: Conservation Coordinator Favorite place in Sky Islands? The San Rafael Valley, located south of Sonoita and east of Nogales. It is a…
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Friday Creature Feature: Greater roadrunner

December 6, 2019

The greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is a striking and culturally famous bird of the southwest, from classic cartoons to local hockey teams. They are a member of the cuckoo family and is closely related to the lesser roadrunner (Geococcyx velox) that lives in Mexico. You can find greater roadrunners in deserts, grasslands, and arid scrublands…
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Thank you Bryon Lichtenhan!

December 5, 2019

  In mid-November, Bryon Lichtenhan and I tracked wildlife in the Patagonia Mountains to see which species are walking across the U.S.-Mexico border at this time of year. Bryon steadily and expertly scanned the sandy border road and washes intersecting the political divide, locating more than 30 observations of animal track and sign directly at…
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Mexico’s Protected Lands 101

December 4, 2019

Did you know that Mexico has a system of natural protected areas? However, the Mexican land system looks and acts very different than the American public lands system.   In Mexico, the government agency in charge of overseeing conservation actions is the Secretariat of the Environment and National Resources (SEMARNAT). SEMARNAT regulates natural resource management…
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Rastreo de Fauna: Anatomía de una huella

December 3, 2019

Para aprender a rastrear fauna, primero debe comprender algunos conceptos básicos de anatomía. Si puede entender qué parte del pie hizo una marca, y si conoce la terminología, puede comenzar a identificar la huella y comunicar lo que ve a otros rastreadores. La mejor manera de aprender la anatomía de la huella es mirar sus…
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Rastreo de Fauna: ¿Cuántos dedos ve?

December 2, 2019

¿Sabía que puede separar las huellas de los animales, en función de cuántos dedos ve? Hay muchas variables que pueden afectar la cantidad de dedos que se muestran, el tipo de terreno, la velocidad del animal y la edad de la huella. Pero si puede contar la cantidad de dedos que ve, ¡está en camino de…
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Turkey Time in the Sky Islands!

November 28, 2019

On this day when turkeys are at the center of public attention, it is important to learn and remember the history of our own native turkey in the Sky Island region.  There are two sub-species of turkeys native to Arizona: the smaller Merriam’s turkey found in the pine forests of Northern Arizona and the Gould’s…
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¿Quiénes son los Protectores de la Sierra?

November 27, 2019

Después de completar el programa de pasantías con nosotros, Inés Griego Montaño y Miguel Enriquez Galaz, tomaron la iniciativa y el liderazgo de formar su propio grupo estudiantil en Unisierra llamado Protectores de la Sierra. Inés y Miguel inspiraron a sus compañeros para que se unieran y formaran un grupo que pudiera autoorganizarse y dirigir…
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Who are the Protectors of the Sky Islands?

After completing the internship program with us, Inés Griego Montaño and Miguel Enriquez Galaz took the initiative and leadership of forming their own student club at Unisierra called Protectores de la Sierra (Protectors of the Sky Islands). Inés and Miguel inspired their fellow students to come together and form a group that could self-organize and…
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