Field Notes

Arizona Gives Day is the time to stand up for wildlife

March 26, 2020

All of us here at Sky Island Alliance already miss you! You power our conservation work with your hard work and your donations.  The last week continued to bring rapid change to our lives. I hope this message finds you well, adapting as you can, and that you’ve been able to enjoy some smells and…
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New Border Wall Waivers Signal Imminent Construction Across Sky Islands

March 24, 2020

  As we gather in our homes to protect our community from COVID-19, the federal government is accelerating environmental destruction on our southern border. Last week, Custom and Border Patrol officials announced plans to construct an additional 74 miles of border wall in Arizona through the heart of the Sky Island region. These new walls…
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Sheltering in our Place

March 19, 2020

I was planning to share an update with you today about our Wildlife at the Wall campaign to protect wildlife in the Sky Island borderlands. I still want to share updates with you, but as I’ve prepared this message the world around us has transformed. And, I’ve been thinking of you and your dedication to…
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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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