Field Notes

Thank You for Making a Difference in Aravaipa Canyon

June 25, 2021

Photo Caption: Volunteers removing vinca under the beautiful fall colors of Aravaipa Canyon. Years have passed since we first partnered with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to remove invasive periwinkle (vinca) from the creek that flows through Aravaipa Canyon. The canyon was full of vinca when we started—so thick in some places that it had choked out the canyon’s native plants, so widespread that it covered miles of creek bed and understory,…
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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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What Our Sky Island Fellow Learned about Springs in Sonora

June 21, 2021

¿Hablas Español? Lee el blog en Español. Earlier this year, our 2021 Sky Island Fellow Ángel Garcia — who also spent the summer and fall of 2020 with us as part of our binational internship program — graduated from the Universidad de la Sierra in Sonora, Mexico with a degree in biology! (You can read…
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Celebrating 30 Years of Conservation: The Founding of Sky Island Alliance

May 13, 2021

In 1991, activists from a variety of groups met to discuss the gap they saw in the environmental grassroots movements of the time. National conservation organizations had their priorities, but none of them were focused on protecting the biodiversity of the Sky Island region—a place that needed to be seen as a landscape without state, federal, or international borders.  That’s…
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¡Felicidades a Nuestros 2021 Asistentes por Graduarse con Honores!

April 27, 2021

En 2020, Sky Island Alliance comenzó el programa binacional de pasantías, una oportunidad de aprendizaje práctico que nosotros esperábamos inspirar una generación nueva de conservacionistas en la región de las Islas del Cielos. Seis internos fueron alojados durante el transcurso del verano, cuatro de los cuales eligieron quedarse después del otoño y el invierno para…
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Congratulations to Our 2021 Sky Island Fellows for Graduating with Honors

April 21, 2021

In 2020, Sky Island Alliance launched the binational internship program, a hands-on learning opportunity that we hoped would inspire a new generation of conservationists in the Sky Island region. We hosted six interns over the course of the summer, four of which chose to stay on into the fall and winter months to continue their projects in spring seeking, data…
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Notes from the Field: Round River Conservation Studies Sky Island Semester

February 18, 2021

After spending the last few months planning for the Round River Conservation Studies (RRCS) first ever semester in the Sky Islands, I was ecstatic to finally spend time with them in the field over the past couple weeks. RRCS is an ecological research and education organization dedicated to conservation strategies that are sustainable and tied…
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Los Lugares Favoritos de Nuestros Pasantes en las Islas del Cielo de Sonora

January 26, 2021

Hacia el final de su pasantía, le preguntamos a Elizabeth, Miguel y Ángel sobre sus lugares favoritos en la región de Sonoran Sky Island. Meses de búsqueda de manantiales y analizando los datos de fauna silvestre los llevaron a varios lugares increíbles, algunos en sus propios patios. Al leer sus presentaciones, esperamos que sus descripciones…
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What We Learned from Monitoring Springs in 2020

January 8, 2021

Since the launch of Spring Seeker in July 2020, Sky Island Alliance and its volunteers have been able to visit 256 springs throughout the Sky Island region of southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.  Visitors of these springs completed a quick survey in an app on their phone, detailing the location and state of each water source—including which ones were impacted by ongoing drought, which ones need some restoration work or protection, and which ones are intermittent…
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Sky Island conservation is powered by YOU!

March 21, 2017

I first met Sky Island Alliance nearly 13 years ago as one of the hundreds of volunteers who power our conservation work each year. It was a joy to spend two days in beautiful, rolling grasslands, digging in the dirt. That trip opened my eyes to the spirit of people-powered conservation and drew me into…
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