Field Notes

Wilderness Springs Training

July 21, 2020

Did you know that springs on U.S. Forest Service land might not be protected unless they are surveyed to validate the water rights? Come learn more about our new Spring Seeker survey and how you can help survey wilderness spring this summer in Coronado National Forest! We’ll cover topics including which wilderness areas need to…
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The Environmental Hero Whose Name You May Not Know

Emma Fajardo, Community Engagement Manager at Sky Island Alliance kicked off our celebration of Latino Conservation Week on Monday with a blog post about her experiences as a Latina in conservation. Today we’re highlighting a Latina hero for the environment who is not necessarily associated with environmentalism, and whose name you may not know. I…
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Latino Conservation Week: Disfrutando y Conservando Nuestra Tierra

July 17, 2020

This week marks the celebration of Latino Conservation Week in the U.S., a tradition that began in 2014 and massively grown each year! Latino Conservation Week is an initiative created by the Hispanic Access Foundation with the purpose of encouraging the Latinx community to explore the outdoors and participate in activities to protect our natural environment.  The first time I heard about this event was in 2016 when, now Tucson Mayor, Regina Romero…
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Sky Island Snake Stories

July 16, 2020

ZTZTZTZTZTZTZTZTZTZTCHITCHITCHIT, chit, chit, tet, tet!!! The now familiar sound of a buzzing rattlesnake comes from the ground at my feet and all I can do is freeze in place. I cannot see the snake, as it is now several hours after dark, the sky is overcast, and both my headlamp and cellphone batteries are dead….
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Rescuing Springs at the Border

July 15, 2020

Rancho Los Fresnos is vital protected Mexican land directly south of Coronado Memorial and Coronado National Forest in the southern Huachuca Mountains. Managed by our partners, Naturalia, this ranch is part of our binational Border Wildlife Study and a focus of our Sky Island stewardship work this year.   Los Fresnos means “the ash trees” in Spanish. Ash trees (Fraxinus spp) are in the Oleaceae…
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Destructive border wall construction accelerates in the Sky Islands

July 14, 2020

It’s been a difficult month in the borderlands, as COVID-19 cases soar in Arizona, and border wall construction continues at breakneck speed tearing through rugged, protected lands, and Native American sacred sites. Border wall construction is destroying large swaths of National Monuments, National Wildlife Refuges and National Forests in Arizona that are some of the most special natural places in our country.   Over the past weeks and months, border wall construction has drained water out from…
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Seeking Sky Island Springs

July 13, 2020

Join us for this Coffee Break with Sky Island Alliance staff Emily Burns and Sami Hammer to learn about how springs bring life to the Sky Island region and what it will take to save springs for generations. Virtually tour springs in the U.S. and Mexico and listen to the shared stories of how we…
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Friday Flora Feature: Bear Grass

July 10, 2020

I fell in love with bear grass in the gorgeous grasslands of the San Rafael Valley, where our Border Wildlife Study cameras were set up this spring. Bear grass punctuates the Southwest landscape at elevations between 2,700 and 6,500 feet as rosettes up to 6 feet wide with long leaf blades and tall flowering stalks called inflorescences that appear in late spring. It grows across a range of habitats, from…
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¡Las primeras imágenes del estudio de fauna fronteriza en México!

July 7, 2020

Naturalia, nuestro socio en México, está colaborando con nosotros en el estudio binacional de fauna fronteriza. Desde marzo de este año, hemos capturado fotos y video las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana a lo largo de 54 km de la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos. Tenemos 60 cámaras organizadas en siete…
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First Border Wildlife Study Photos from Mexico

Naturalia, our partner in Mexico, is collaborating with us on our binational Border Wildlife Study (BWS). Since early March of this year, we have captured photos and video 24/7 of wildlife along 34 miles of the U.S. – Mexico border. We have 60 cameras organized in seven blocks located within 3 km from the border….
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