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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2021 Border BioBlitz/BioBlitz de la Frontera 2021

April 1, 2021

HELP US RECORD AS MANY SPECIES AS POSSIBLE ALONG THE U.S.-Mexico border The 2021 Border BioBlitz is happening in April this year! This is a community science effort to record as many species as possible along the U.S.-Mexico border. Sky Island Alliance, in collaboration with Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers and many other organizations, invite…
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Border Wildlife Study Hits 1-Year Milestone

March 11, 2021

This week is monumental for us. Exactly one year ago, our Border Wildlife Study camera array began clicking away to document the wildlife community along the U.S.-Mexico border. At the time we set the cameras up and left them to operate day and night, we truly didn’t know what the year would bring. In the following months, the pandemic changed our personal and professional lives, the…
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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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We’ve Detected Over 100 Species in the Borderlands!

December 11, 2020

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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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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Borderlands Festival and Tracking Blitz

October 8, 2019

This past Saturday we celebrated the borderland region by attending the Borderlands Festival hosted by Coronado National Memorial. There was great dancing, food, and fun for all. Sky Island Alliance had an interactive table that taught how to identify common wildlife tracks. We also showcased our wildlife monitoring work in the region. Special shout out…
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Where Does Wildlife Go?

October 4, 2019

We recently explored a small section of existing border wall habitat on the US side of the border with Mexico at Coronado Memorial. A sandy wash meanders southward through the park from the Huachuca Mountains and abruptly runs into the steel border wall. As we looked for signs of wildlife on the move, sure enough…
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