Field Notes

Social distancing at all levels

March 18, 2020

We hope that you and your family are safe and comfortable as our community adjusts to Covid-19. As volunteers, you help us accomplish so much and nothing is more important to us than your health. For this reason, we are evolving our volunteer plans for the foreseeable future to protect our Sky Island community. Wildlife…
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Friday Creature Feature: Bobcat

February 28, 2020

The bobcat (Lynx rufus) can be found all throughout the United States, Mexico, and Southern Canada. Like the coyote, the bobcat is adaptable and can be found in many habitat types. In the Sky Island Region, they can be found in the alpine tops of mountains to the hot desert floors. Bobcats are also adapting…
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Sky Island SPOTlight: Kartchner Caverns State Park

February 24, 2020

Kartchner Caverns State Park is a limestone cave that was explored in 1974 and became an official Arizona State Park in 1999. With 2.4 miles of passages, the cave is teeming with life. It is home to a large colony of myotis velifer bats as well as countless microorganisms and macroinvertebrates. Kartchner Caverns State Park…
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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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