Field Notes

Summer Intern Stories: Mi Experiencia En Cámaras Trampas / My Experience with a Wildlife Camera

November 1, 2021

Escrito por Gabriela Alejandra Smith Ramírez, participante del Programa Binacional de Pasantías de Sky Island Alliance. / Written by Gabriela Alejandra Smith Ramírez, a 2021 Sky Island Alliance Binational Internship Program participant. En mi carrera como estudiante de biología no había tenido la oportunidad de tener experiencia con cámaras trampa, ni nada que se le pareciera, sucede…
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Summer Intern Stories: Mi Cámara Silvestre / My Wildlife Camera

Escrito por Fátima Sotelo Molinar, participante del Programa Binacional de Pasantías de Sky Island Alliance. Desde el primer mes trabajando con la cámara de FotoFauna he quedado admirada y muy entusiasmada en seguir viendo las capturas que he obtenido con mi cámara. Desde la primera vez que revise la memoria he tenido avistamientos que no me esperaba. Muchas especies que uno no imagina llegar a tener tan cerca. He tenido muchas fotografías algunas sin interés porque la cámara con cualquier movimiento captura una imagen. Pero en otras…
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Summer Intern Stories: How Fauna and Flora can be Used Sustainably on Sonoran Cattle Ranches

October 7, 2021

Written by Mónica Montaño, a 2021 Sky Island Alliance Binational Internship Program participant. A rancher’s main concern is the production of either goat or bovine cattle, either for the sale of offspring, for meat production, or for the production of dairy foods. However, many ranchers also have the habit of practicing hunting, unfortunately sometimes in…
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Historias de pasantes de verano: Cómo la fauna y la flora se pueden utilizar de manera sostenible en los ranchos ganaderos de Sonora

Escrito por Mónica Montaño, participante del Programa Binacional de Pasantías de Sky Island Alliance. Las principales preocupaciones de un ganadero es la producción ya sea de ganado caprino o bovino ya sea para producción de crías para vente, producción de carne o aprovechamiento para la producción de alimentos lácteos. Sin embargo los ganaderos en sus…
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Summer Intern Stories: G’ashdla a cho o aa

August 20, 2021

Written by Cassandra Villegas, a 2021 Sky Island Alliance Binational Internship Program participant. Aravaipa Canyon is one of the Sky Island region’s treasured memories that will always be etched in my heart. The “Camp Grant Massacre” was the name given to the massacre of Apaches at Aravaipa in the historical books. With the implicit awareness of…
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Notes from the Field: Spiders Abound at Trail Cameras near the Huachuca Mountains

April 30, 2021

Checking the cameras in the Border Wildlife Study is always full of wildlife sightings and interesting plants. But when I checked a block of cameras in the Huachuca Mountain foothills last Monday, there was a particular emphasis on spiders! Spider #1: While hiking to one of the cameras in the native grasslands of the valley, I came across a…
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A Sampling of Flora in the San Rafael Valley: Shrubs

March 12, 2021

In A Sampling of Flora in the San Rafael Valley: Grasses, I mentioned how I’d recently picked up a plant identification book after years of slowly falling in love with the different flora that grows in this region. Part of this decision was thanks to first time I’d gone out into the field with our Springs Specialist, Sami Hammer,…
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A Sampling of Flora in the San Rafael Valley: Grasses

February 26, 2021

I’ve always loved plants, but it wasn’t until I adopted a vegan diet that I started to see plants as separate from each other instead of one big sea with fifty shades of green (or uninspiring brown, depending on the time of year). After moving to the Sky Island region from Minnesota, where everything is either very green or covered in snow, I was…
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