Field Notes

Sky Island Coffee Break: Border Wildlife Study 90-Day Report

July 23, 2020

Register for the Zoom Link Here Join us as we share new results from the first 90 days of our Border Wildlife Study documenting species in the path of the border wall. Since March 9, 2020, our 60-camera array along 34 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border recorded a huge diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles, and…
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Destructive border wall construction accelerates in the Sky Islands

July 14, 2020

It’s been a difficult month in the borderlands, as COVID-19 cases soar in Arizona, and border wall construction continues at breakneck speed tearing through rugged, protected lands, and Native American sacred sites. Border wall construction is destroying large swaths of National Monuments, National Wildlife Refuges and National Forests in Arizona that are some of the most special natural places in our country.   Over the past weeks and months, border wall construction has drained water out from…
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Stop the Border Wall – Thank you to the Sky Island supporters

May 14, 2020

Thank you to the Sky Island supporters across the country who already voiced opposition to border wall construction! We are so inspired by seeing your comments to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials, calling for federal wall construction to stop on Arizona’s southern border.  More than 100 miles of border wall are under construction today in Arizona, but it’s not too late to still submit comments—just click HERE to voice your opposition to…
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The Science Behind our new Border Wildlife Study

April 1, 2020

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….
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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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New Border wall threatens Desert Oasis at San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge

November 4, 2019

Along the US border with Mexico, sits a unique marsh called the San Bernardino cienaga, where wildlife migrates across the international border between Mexico and the mountains of Arizona. This remarkable desert oasis has the highest diversity of bees in the world. With more than 500 species filling the air with sound as they pollinate…
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Ay Mariposa Screening Saturday, October 26

October 24, 2019

This weekend in Tucson, come experience the moving story of butterflies and people affected by the US-Mexico border at the screening of Ay Mariposa at the Loft Cinema. Co-presented this weekend by the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter and The Loft Cinema, Ay Mariposa tells a story of three characters in the Lower Rio Grande…
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Wildlife at the Wall

September 19, 2019

The US-Mexico border runs through the heart of the Sky Island Region—a unique continental crossroads between temperate and neotropical worlds—rich with both human and animal life. For millennia, wildlife freely roamed between major mountain chains of the Sierra Madres and the Rocky Mountains, thriving in the Sky Islands that rise up from the desert southwest…
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Too much at stake—no border wall in our Sky Islands!

March 6, 2018

The Sky Islands are a Continental Crossroads, a place where cultures from two countries and multiple Native Nations mix and mingle, where black bear, coati, and jaguar meet. It is a place of transitions and extremes—extreme heat of the desert summer broken by cool mountain tops and monsoon rain and extreme diversity of plants and…
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Up Against the Wall

September 28, 2017

On a quiet, late-spring morning in northern Sonora, Mexico, a beaver putters across a pond the size of a football field. A sinuous dam, 5 feet high, forms the pond’s southern edge. Frogs croak amid gnawed stumps, and the air is alive with birds and flying insects.