Field Notes

Seven Reasons Why We’re Thankful for Our Incredible Volunteers

December 1, 2020

Never underestimate the power we have when we come together to serve the Sky Islands—to monitor water, eradicate invasive species, and restore the health of all flora, fauna, and people. Together, we can do so much to restore our mountain ranges and desert grasslands. December 7 is this year’s International Volunteers Day. As a thank…
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Get to Know Our Fall 2020 Interns: Ángel Octavio Garcia Godinez

November 25, 2020

We launched our first binational internship program at Sky Island Alliance this year! Despite the many challenges we’ve faced during a global pandemic, the internship program has been an incredible success—so much so that four of our interns from the Universidad de la Sierra (UniSierra) decided to stay on into the fall. ¡Lanzamos nuestro primer…
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Celebrating LGBTQ Environmentalists for LGBTQ STEM Day

November 18, 2020

As a queer science writer working in environmental science and conservation, I both recognize and resonate with the profound ideas and inner strength the LGBTQ+ community brings to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Awareness and LGBTQ+ pride in our society has introduced a sense of confidence and joy to the lives of many LGBTQ+ scientists around the world.  I am often hopeful when I see how far…
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One decade as a Latinx environmentalist

July 21, 2020

I started my career in conservation in 2010, when I was hired as a Biologist Technician in the Youth Intern Program (YIPs) crew by Saguaro National Park’s Biologist Don Swann. The crew I joined that summer was SUPER diverse! We were all shades and came from all over the place! As a young immigrant from…
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The Environmental Hero Whose Name You May Not Know

Emma Fajardo, Community Engagement Manager at Sky Island Alliance kicked off our celebration of Latino Conservation Week on Monday with a blog post about her experiences as a Latina in conservation. Today we’re highlighting a Latina hero for the environment who is not necessarily associated with environmentalism, and whose name you may not know. I…
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Latino Conservation Week: Disfrutando y Conservando Nuestra Tierra

July 17, 2020

This week marks the celebration of Latino Conservation Week in the U.S., a tradition that began in 2014 and massively grown each year! Latino Conservation Week is an initiative created by the Hispanic Access Foundation with the purpose of encouraging the Latinx community to explore the outdoors and participate in activities to protect our natural environment.  The first time I heard about this event was in 2016 when, now Tucson Mayor, Regina Romero…
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