Field Notes

Border Wildlife Study: People on Our Trail Cameras

May 24, 2021

Photo caption: A white-tailed deer rests near an oak tree (left) while an orange construction vehicle drives quickly along a the border road during active wall construction in the Huachuca Mountains in January 2021. Border Wildlife Study cameras document so much more than just wild animals on the move at the border. They document weather,…
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Reversing the Damage of the Border Wall: New Issues and New Resources

March 2, 2021

Although Biden’s presidential proclamation to pause wall construction was welcome news, it has not been the policy fix we had hoped for. In the Sky Island region, construction continued right up to and—in some locations like the Pajarito Mountains—past the 7-day period given to contractors to wind down their operations.  And now, although wall construction has stopped in most places, road construction continues in the remote Pajarito Mountains where partners have documented active bulldozing. Because the work…
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Border Road Construction Tears Through Wash Frequented by Wildlife Species

February 17, 2021

While out visiting the westernmost Patagonia Mountain cameras in the Border Wildlife Study, our field team discovered a lot of debris from previous border wall construction in a wash just north of the U.S.-Mexico border. As part of this border project, a road crossing, installed in the days leading up to Biden’s wall proclamation, was built across the wash to accommodate wall construction traffic. A…
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What President Biden’s Border Wall Proclamation Means for The Borderlands

January 21, 2021

  Inauguration Day is finally behind us. The Biden-Harris administration took oath yesterday and ushered in new hope for many—hope that racial, economic, environmental, and health injustices (among too many other current crises to name, but are all just as important) will be made right in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  Yesterday afternoon, President Biden took the first step toward fulfilling his campaign…
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Coffee Break: Sky Island Situation Room—Stopping the Runaway Wall

Register Here Border wall construction is ramping up just days before the Biden administration takes office. In the Patagonia Mountains, wall contractors are bulldozing and grading for roads. In the Huachuca Mountains, construction continues, damaging springs and mountain habitat and increasing traffic, noise, and light pollution. This violence against the landscapes of the Sky Island…
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Call for Art: Help Bear Witness to the Patagonia Mountains by Submitting Art of the Borderlands

January 15, 2021

  Help us tell the story of the critical jaguar habitat in the Patagonia Mountains that is now threatened by border wall construction. If the Patagonias are cut off from Mexico by these 4.1 miles of planned border wall, jaguar and other species, like bear, will lose access to a large portion of their migratory…
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No More Border Wall: Urging the Biden Administration to Act

January 12, 2021

In less than two weeks, President-elect Joe Biden and his council will assume office of the U.S. federal government. One of Biden’s many talking points during the election season was the border wall—and his promise that “not another foot” will be constructed under his watch (source: Washington Post). Despite the few short days that are…
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¡Hemos detectado más de 100 especies en las tierras fronteriza entre Estados Unidos y México!

December 11, 2020

En marzo de 2020, Sky Island Alliance se asoció con la organización sin fines de lucro mexicana Naturalia, A.C. para documentar la vida silvestre que vive o migra a través de las zonas fronterizas entre Estados Unidos y México, uno de los últimos tramos restantes del corredor de vida silvestre abierto en la región. ¿Cómo…
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We’ve Detected Over 100 Species in the Borderlands!

In March 2020, Sky Island Alliance partnered with Mexican nonprofit Naturalia, A.C. to document the wildlife that lives in or migrates through the U.S.–Mexico borderlands, one of the last remaining stretches of open wildlife corridor in the region. How does the documentation work? An array of 58 trail cameras operates 24/7 along 34 miles of…
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Notes from the Field:  The Border Wall

September 18, 2020

A large part of my job is maintaining our field cameras for the Border Wildlife Study stretching between the Patagonia Mountains and the Huachuca Mountains. I’ve always loved fieldwork—a chance to escape my desk and get out in the world to observe what’s going on around me. Each week I visit one of our camera blocks on the U.S. side of the border, which has allowed me…
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