Field Notes

Sky Island Coffee Break: Conservation in Mexico 101

August 13, 2020

Join a discussion with our new Conservation Director, Paulo Quadri Barba, as he tells the story of land tenure and conservation in Mexico and describes the conservation tools used to protect both public and private land. Hear the latest news on recent defunding of CONANP—Mexico’s equivalent to the National Park Service—and how reserves in the…
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Meet Naturalia! Our partners in the Sky Islands of Mexico

July 2, 2020

Sky Island conservation is a binational effort that requires a multitude of land managers, scientists, volunteers, and conservation practitioners on both sides of the border. We proudly collaborate with Naturalia. A.C., a Mexican nonprofit that has played one of the most important and longest roles in the conservation of Mexico´s biodiversity.    Naturalia´s story began back in 1990…
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Mexico Abandons its Protected Areas

June 5, 2020

Ignored for many decades, Protected Areas (PAs) in Mexico finally got the attention of the federal government in the mid ‘90s thanks to the demands of civil society and prominent environmental groups. Between 1996 and 1999, a series of new PAs were decreed and a wave of increasing funding for conservation research and policy allowed the recruitment of prominent scientists and policy makers into the federal government, laying the foundations of what would…
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Cómo los datos de cámaras trampa pueden cambiar ley

February 20, 2020

La carretera 2 en el norte de Sonora, México, es una de las principales barreras que previene a la vida silvestre moverse entre el norte y el sur en la región de las Islas del Cielo. Debido a esta preocupación, Sky Island Alliance, en colaboración con Wildlands Network, monitoreó la carretera 2 de Sonora con…
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How wildlife camera data can change policy

February 19, 2020

Highway 2 in northern Sonora, Mexico is one of the major barriers for wildlife to move north and south in the Sky Island region. Due to this concern Sky Island Alliance, in collaboration with Wildlands Network, monitored Sonora’s Highway 2 with direct observations and wildlife cameras to document roadkill hotspots in 2016 and 2018. This was done to help inform…
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Datos Huecos – Áreas sin información

January 30, 2020

  Con los años, Sky Island Alliance ha trabajado en toda la región, tanto al norte como al sur de la frontera, en una variedad de esfuerzos de conservación que incluyen el monitoreo de la vida silvestre. Aunque tenemos años trabajando en la región, las áreas a las que podemos llegar son limitadas ya que somos un personal pequeño con…
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Cámaras y Corredores

January 28, 2020

La misión de Sky Island Alliance es proteger y restaurar la diversidad de vida y el terreno en la región de las islas serranas madrenses. Esta región única une la meseta de Colorado en los EE. UU. con la Sierra Madre Occidental en México a través de una serie de ‘Islas del Cielo’ en Arizona y Sonora que surgen de los mares del desierto y…
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Cameras and Corridors

January 25, 2020

Sky Island Alliance’s mission is to protect and restore the diversity of life and lands in the Sky Island region. This unique region bridges the Colorado Plateau in the US and the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico through a series of ‘Sky Islands’ in Arizona and Sonora that rise out of desert seas and provide vibrant mountain habitat for plants, animals, and people of the southwest.  At…
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Mexican Natural Protected Area: APFF Bavispe

December 11, 2019

Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna (APFF) Bavispe is a 200,900 ha Natural Protected Area in Sonora, Mexico that is scattered across 3 sky islands – Sierra Los Ajos, Sierra Buenos Aires and Sierra La Púrica. It is composed of a combination of federal, private, and communal lands all under federal protection. Being one of Mexico’s…
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Mexico’s Protected Lands 101

December 4, 2019

Did you know that Mexico has a system of natural protected areas? However, the Mexican land system looks and acts very different than the American public lands system.   In Mexico, the government agency in charge of overseeing conservation actions is the Secretariat of the Environment and National Resources (SEMARNAT). SEMARNAT regulates natural resource management…
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