Field Notes

Velvet mesquite

Nuevos nombres para nuestros viejos amigos los mezquites

September 25, 2022

Read in English Si vives en las Islas del Cielo, es probable que hayas visto entre una y tres de nuestras especies locales de árboles de mezquite: mezquite de terciopelo,…
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Velvet mesquite

New Names for Our Old Friends the Mesquites

Leer en español If you live in the Sky Islands, you’ve likely seen anywhere from one to three of our local mesquite tree species — velvet mesquite, honey mesquite, and…
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Whitelined sphinxmoth

Maravillosas polillas monzónicas

September 7, 2022

Read in English  Blog invitado de Justin Schmidt y Jillian Cowles En las Islas del Cielo damos por sentado que los monzones de verano traen flores. Pero las flores hermosas…
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Whitelined sphinxmoth

Marvelous Monsoon Hawkmoths

Leer en español  Guest Blog by Justin Schmidt and Jillian Cowles We take for granted in the Sky Islands that the summer monsoons bring flowers. But beautiful flowers as we…
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The Forgotten Botanist

Coffee Break: “The Forgotten Botanist”

September 1, 2022

On Sept. 1, 2022, Sky Island Alliance hosted an exciting conversation with independent scholar, editor, poet, and author Wynne Brown, who shared details from Sara Plummer Lemmon’s life and work,…
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Agua Caliente Trail

Caminatas en las Islas del Cielo: Agua Caliente Hill

August 12, 2022

Read in English Lo siguiente es parte de una serie de caminatas recomendadas en las Islas del Cielo. Cuídate, diviértete y no dejes rastro.  En la esquina noreste de Tucson, el…
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Agua Caliente Trail

Sky Island Hikes: Agua Caliente Hill

Leer en español  The following is part of a series of recommended hikes in the Sky Islands — be safe, have fun, and leave no trace. In the northeast corner…
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Arizona sycamore

Friday Flora Feature: Arizona Sycamore

May 16, 2022

Written by Aleidys Lopez Romero This week our flora feature is the Arizona sycamore (Platanus wrightii). While this species was named after American botanist Charles Wright (1811-1885), this tree’s family…
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Cottonwood tree

Friday Flora Feature: Fremont Cottonwood

Written by Aleidys Lopez Romero This week we turn our attention to an important indicator of water and a sight for sore eyes on long Spring Seeker trips: the Fremont…
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Friday Flora Feature: Arizona Fishhook Pincushion (Mammillaria grahamii)

October 14, 2021

When hiking through southeastern Arizona in the desert or woodlands, it’s a real treat to see the Arizona Fishhook Pincushion cactus (Mammillaria grahamii) growing cryptically under palo verde trees, creosote shrubs, or even under other cacti. Over the course…
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