Field Notes

Tips for Protecting Wild Cats #1: Say No to Using Rat Poison

August 13, 2021

We believe in a world where iconic wild cats thrive, a world where park staff and local communities are united and provide safe passage for wildlife across public lands and private ranches in Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona. Since we hope to achieve this vision through our 1,000 Cats Project, we are launching this series…
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Six Ways We can Help Save the Wild Cats of the Sky Islands

June 24, 2021

Video Transcript: Every wild cat’s life is a journey in search of water, food, shelter, and mates. In our modern world, cats face many obstacles that cut them off from resources they need to thrive … or even cut their lives short. And yet there is so much that we together can do save the…
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A Month of Good News for Large Cats in the Sky Islands

April 7, 2021

We at Sky Island Alliance love this region’s large cats. After all, how many places in the world can you find bobcat, mountain lion, ocelot, and jaguar all living together in mountain and grassland habitat?  The answer, of course, is not very many. We are lucky to live in such an incredibly biodiverse region.   Wild cats have…
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Coffee Break Recap—The Incredible Story of Jaguars in the Borderlands

June 16, 2020

Together we celebrated World Jaguar Day last week with Turtle Southern from the Northern Jaguar Project and Randy Serraglio from the Center for Biological Diversity. They both shared inspiring stories of jaguars roaming across the borderlands and discussed conservation opportunities for jaguars in both the U.S. and Mexico.   Turtle explained that seeing female jaguars and their cubs on the 58,000-acre Northern Jaguar Reserve in Sonora drives everything they do to protect…
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Responding to the extinction crisis in the Sky Islands

May 15, 2019

It’s been a tough month of bad news for wildlife, water, and all of us that call the Sky Island region home. Amidst a raft of destructive proposals, the UN released a new definitive report on the state of our natural world. The report details the destruction we humans have wreaked on Earth’s web of…
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Lion hunter trapped jaguar that was killed, Mexican rancher was told

July 2, 2018

A prominent northern Sonora rancher heavily involved in conservation work says he’s been told by sources that the dead jaguar whose pelt recently appeared online was trapped and killed by a mountain lion hunter.

Jaguar that roamed Huachuca Mountains shown dead in photo, officials say

June 25, 2018

A male jaguar that roamed the Huachuca Mountains in 2016 and 2017 is now believed to be dead.

Sharing some heartbreaking news about a Sky Island jaguar

June 22, 2018

It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog post today to share some heartbreaking news. Yo’oko, the majestic jaguar seen roaming the Huachuca Mountains in recent years, has been killed. This is a profound loss for our Arizona Sky Islands and for endangered northern jaguars that are attempting to make a recovery…
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How Trump’s Border Wall Could Block the Most Exciting Wildlife Comeback in North America

September 28, 2017

Jaguars are reappearing in the Southwest. A border wall would put an end to that.

Sky Island jaguars need you to speak up!

February 28, 2017

updated 3/6/2017 – additions are in bold italics Please ask the USFWS to protect the habitat and pathways that jaguars need to recover in the United States by submitting comments on their recently released Jaguar Draft Recovery Plan. The plan could be improved in a number of areas, and your voice can amplify the need…
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