Field Notes

What’s in your backyard? Play our Backyard Bingo!

May 5, 2020

The Sky Island region is full of amazing diversity, and we are fortunate to live in an area where wildlife can be found even in the most urban area. As you are sheltering in place, take some time to play our backyard bingo! Sit in your backyard or balcony or take a walk around the…
Read more »

Earth Day Tips for Wildlife Watching at Home

April 22, 2020

One of my greatest joys while we shelter in place is to keep a closer look at the wildlife around my home. On this Earth Day 2020, I invite you to help scientists around the world better understand the distribution of species on the move as climate changes by documenting which species live in or travel…
Read more »

SIA Guide to Celebrating Earth Day, Dark Sky Week, and National Parks Week

April 21, 2020

  The first Earth Day, 50 years ago, gave us the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the EPA. So much has changed on our planet since then, yet the vital message of Earth Day, that healthy human communities require healthy ecosystems, is still true and there is more work to do. This year we observe Earth Day from home…
Read more »

Best Things About Bats

April 17, 2020

Today is Bat Appreciation Day and these are my favorite Sky Island bat facts:   What Sky Island Bats Eat  Most bats are insectivorous, meaning they only eat insects like moths, flies, and mosquitos. However, there are some species of bats that only eat nectar from flowers. Those bats are called nectivores and their mouth and tongue are so adapted to eating only nectar that their teeth are tiny!  Bats Help Cactus and Agave  Both insectivorous and nectivorous bats play an…
Read more »

Lecturas de Criaturas – Halconcito colorado

April 10, 2020

    Después de unas pocas semanas, las cámaras trampa de nuestro Estudio de Fauna Fronteriza detectaron 27 especies diferentes de vida silvestre en estos increíbles paisajes fronterizos. Algunas de esas especies fueron fotografiadas varias veces, como es el caso de los halconcitos colorados. Entonces, pensamos que compartiríamos algunos datos interesantes sobre estas magníficas aves:  Son el…
Read more »

Friday Creature Feature : American Kestrel

    After just a few weeks, wildlife cameras in our Border Wildlife Study  detected 27 different species of wildlife in these incredible borderlands. Some of those species were photographed multiple times, as is the case of the American Kestrels! So, we thought we’d share some interesting facts about these magnificent birds:  American kestrels (Falco sparverius) are the smallest bird of prey in North America.   They are widespread throughout the Americas, ranging from Alaska to the…
Read more »

10 datos interesantes – Sierra Patagonia y Sierra Huachuca

April 9, 2020

Nuestro Estudio de Fauna Fronteriza  mide la diversidad de la vida silvestre a lo largo de 54 kilómetros montañosos de la frontera de los Estados Unidos con México en el sur de Arizona. El conjunto de cámaras abarca las faldas de las sierras Patagonia y Huachuca en los Estados Unidos, ¡dos fascinantes cadenas montañosas binacionales de la región de las Islas del Cielo! Aquí están nuestros datos favoritos sobre ellas:  Tanto la Sierra Patagonia como la…
Read more »

10 Fun Mountain Facts

Our Border Wildlife Study is measuring wildlife diversity along 34 mountainous miles of the U.S. border with Mexico in southern Arizona. The camera array spans the foothills of the Patagonia and Huachuca Mountains—two fascinating binational Sky Island mountain ranges! Here are our favorite facts about them:  Both the Patagonia and Huachuca Mountain ranges are Sky Islands, meaning they are mountains surrounded by lower elevation deserts. The…
Read more »

La ciencia detrás de nuestro nuevo Estudio de Fauna Fronteriza

April 1, 2020

Con el muro fronterizo en construcción en el sur de Arizona, es una carrera contra el tiempo documentar la comunidad de fauna silvestre que vive en tramos sin muros de la frontera internacional hoy. Diseñamos un estudio para documentar minuciosamente qué especies de fauna silvestre migran y viven permanentemente en la zona fronteriza que cruza…
Read more »

The Science Behind our new Border Wildlife Study

With border wall actively under construction in Southern Arizona, it’s a race against time to document the wildlife community living in unwalled stretches of the international border today. We designed a study to thoroughly document which wildlife species are migrating through and residing permanently in the border zone transecting the Patagonia and Huachuca Mountain foothills….
Read more »