Sky Island FotoFauna

Help build a larger network of wildlife cameras to observe the seasonal movements of Sky Island species in the U.S. and Mexico.

Set up a wildlife camera, submit an online monthly FotoFauna checklist of the species you observe, and help Sky Island Alliance and its partners study when and where wildlife is present seasonally so we can better protect their habitats and pathways.


Getting StartedSpecies Image GalleryFAQsSpecies ID Resources


Link to FotoFauna Checklist

Project Contact: Zoe Fullem, Community Science Manager (zoe@skyislandalliance.org)

Click here to watch the Introduction to Sky Island FotoFauna: Virtual Coffee Break

Sky Island FotoFauna harnesses the sampling power of volunteer-operated wildlife cameras that keep watch for wildlife on the move throughout the Sky Island region. Every monthly FotoFauna checklist and photo submission gives us a clearer picture of when and where 43 different wildlife species are moving across the Sky Islands. By combining the FotoFauna checklist data we receive on species presence, we will be able to measure:

  • The seasonal changes in wildlife movement by checking for migratory species like the elf owl, turkey vulture, and gray hawk.
  • The success of urban-adapted species—like coyote, bobcat, greater roadrunner, cottontail species, and striped skunk—that live near human development.
  • The landscape accessible to wide-ranging species—like mountain lions, black bears, pronghorns, mule deer, and white-tailed deer—that require connected Sky Island habitats.
  • The persistence of species unique to the Sky Island region including the antelope jackrabbit, Gould’s turkey, and Gila monster.
  • The northern range limit of subtropical species including the white-nosed coati, North Mexican Virginia opossum, javelina, hooded skunk, and hog-nosed skunk.
  • The presence of species that need undeveloped open space to thrive including the ringtail, American badger, and Western spotted skunk.

Interested in joining FotoFauna? See our guide below on how to set up a wildlife camera, recognize and identify Sky Island indicator species, and submit your monthly checklist.

Even if you cannot manage your own camera, we invite you to sponsor a wildlife camera that students in the U.S. and Mexico can borrow to participate in FotoFauna. Your generous gift will also help staff and students build a strong wildlife monitoring network in the U.S. and Mexico, train new participants in the field and support our continued efforts to protect and preserve the habitat for all our beloved species in the Sky Island regions.

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“Best of FotoFauna 2020”

The “Best of 2020” winning photo. Credit: Catherine Bartlett, mischievous raccoon.


Collaborating FotoFauna Partners

FotoFauna would not be possible without the following collaborating partners:

Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona Trail Association, Borderlands Restoration Network, Caminantes del Desierto, Coronado National Memorial, Friends of Agua Caliente, Pollinator Corridors Southwest, Profauna, Rancho El Aribabi, Saguaro National Park, Sky Island Alliance, The Nature Conservancy Arizona, Tucson Audubon Society, Tohono Chul, Universidad de la Sierra, Watershed Management Group, and Wildlands Network.