UniSierra student road trip in Sonora.

Exploring Nature Through the Camera Lens: A Photographic Adventure

April 8, 2024

Guest Blog by Jeny Fernanda Ramos Rascón This blog was made possible thanks to a camera donation during SIA’s 2023 Sonora gear drive. Denia Valencia, Jeny Fernanda Ramos Rascón, and…
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London rocket plant sample

Help Sample Tucson Plants to Study Fuel Emissions

March 6, 2024

Did you know that we can identify fossil fuel emissions in the air by sampling annual plants? Knowing where greenhouse gases are and at what concentrations can help policymakers fight…
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Wavy scaly cloakfern

Wavy Scaly Cloakfern

March 15, 2022

When I moved to Arizona and left the coast redwood forest behind, I sadly thought my love affair with ferns was over. I was proven wonderfully wrong almost immediately during…
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Border Wildlife Study: Vegetation and Drought in the Borderlands

May 21, 2021

For the last year, the Border Wildlife Study cameras have documented an amazing array of wildlife species across the San Rafael Valley and the Patagonia and Huachuca Mountains that flank…
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Friday Flora Feature: Canyon Grape

November 12, 2020

For this week’s Friday Flora Feature, we’re spotlighting Vitis arizonica, a grape species we often see while seeking water resources in the Sky Island region. Keep reading to learn how to identify this species when you’re…
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Microscopic View of a Cholla Fruit

November 1, 2020

When you zoom in closer and closer to living things you encounter in the Sky Island region, it’s amazing what you find! I was recently drawn to look more closely…
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Seep Willow or Willow Species?

October 22, 2020

Is seep willow part of the willow family? How can I tell a seep willow plant from a willow tree? Today’s flora feature explores these commonly asked questions. We’ll break…
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Friday Flora Feature: Bear Grass

July 10, 2020

I fell in love with bear grass in the gorgeous grasslands of the San Rafael Valley, where our Border Wildlife Study cameras were set up this spring. Bear grass punctuates the Southwest landscape at elevations between 2,700 and 6,500 feet as rosettes up…
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