Field Notes

Friday Creature Feature: Gray Hawk

January 17, 2020

The gray hawk (Buteo plagiatus) is a medium-sized, silvery gray hawk, that has white underparts, a black tail with white banding and yellow legs. The gray hawk ranges from the Amazon rain forest all the way to the southwestern United States. They are migratory only at the North end of their range, where they arrive…
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Sky Island SPOTlight: Aravaipa Canyon

January 16, 2020

Introducing our Sky Island SPOTlight series! Throughout the next few weeks we will be introducing you to the beautiful places in the Sky Island region where we are lucky enough to work! Join any of our volunteer trips to see one of these gorgeous spots! First up, Aravaipa Creek Aravaipa Creek is on the northern…
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Do you live near the border and want to help protect wildlife?

January 15, 2020

In 2019 Sky Island Alliance collected 9,600 photos of wildlife (2019 Top 10 photos). We want to make 2020 the year of 20,000 wildlife photos, and we need your help to do so! Through our Wildlife at the Wall project Sky Island Alliance is currently working on bringing together Mexican and American sister parks, conservation…
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Staff Highlight: Daniel Armenta

January 13, 2020

Daniel Armenta: Development Director Favorite place in Sky Islands? I love the Santa Catalina Mountains. Living in Tucson, I feel this mountain range embodies the spirit of the Sky Islands for me and my family best of all. Like so many other Tucsonans, we drive up Mt Lemmon highway any time the opportunity arises. I…
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Friday Creature Feature: Great Horned Owl

January 10, 2020

Their name comes from the horn-like feather tufts on the tops of their heads. The tufts are darker than the rest of the head, which improves their camouflage. As masters of disguise, their overall color is dependent on their location. So here in the desert, great horned owls are a lighter gray coloration while those in…
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Staff Highlight: Georgina Waller

January 6, 2020

Georgina Waller: Development Assistant Favorite place in Sky Islands? The area of the Sky Islands that I am most familiar with is the Patagonia Mountain range. The reason is the Patagonia Mountains made up my surrounding backyard landscape growing up. My parents used to ask us older kids to take our younger siblings for a…
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Small Saguaros Surge Skyward! Preliminary Results from the Census 

January 4, 2020

In December, Sky Island Alliance volunteers took to the trails in Saguaro National Park East District to count and measure saguaros as part of the Saguaro Census. Every ten years, Saguaro National Park inventories the population of saguaro across 45 large plots with help from the community. They look for changes in the total number of saguaro and…
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Friday Creature Feature: Desert Cottontail

January 3, 2020

Continuing our lagomorph series of creature features, this week we are leaving the hares and go to the other group, the rabbits!   Rabbits and Jackrabbits are genetic cousins but are not in the same genus. Besides size and appearance, the main difference between the two groups is how they raise their young. As we discussed…
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Snow in the Sky Islands  

January 1, 2020

Winter is here in Southern Arizona. The mornings are frosty, and the winter rains brings needed moisture to the ground.  If you’ve lived in the region for any length of time, you’ll know our winters are mild compared to a lot of the country, my relatives in Minnesota remind me of that each year. While the pleasant, above…
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Top 10 Wildlife Photos of 2019

December 31, 2019

During the course of 2019, Sky Island Alliance has collected 9600 photos of wildlife, 6645 of those came from cameras within 5 miles of the Border. This data was collected and submitted by our volunteers and partner organizations. It was hard to select the best photos, as every image of our Sky Island wildlife is…
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