Field Notes

Configuring New FotoFauna Cameras in Mexico / Configuración de Cámaras FotoFauna en México

May 11, 2021

Miguel Francisco Enriquez Galaz joined Sky Island Alliance as an intern in 2019. After a two-year internship, we’re delighted that he’s staying on through 2021 as a Sky Island Fellow to help coordinate Sky Island FotoFauna submissions across the region. Here are some of his insights from setting up trail cameras in Sonora, Mexico: “My…
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Our Interns’ Favorite Spots in the Sonoran Sky Islands

January 25, 2021

Toward the end of their time in our binational internship program, we asked Elizabeth, Miguel, and Ángel​ about their favorite spots in the Sonoran Sky Island region. Months of searching for springs and tracking wildlife data introduced them to several incredible places—some in their own backyards. As you read their submissions, we hope their descriptions…
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Binational Conservation in the Upper San Pedro River Watershed

November 12, 2020

Register for the Zoom link here Join this Coffee Break to hear from Profauna’s Mario Cirett and Antonio Esquer about binational collaborations investing in conservation and restoration of the Sonoran Sky Island since the early 2000s. Thanks to the Parks in Peril program from USAID, the San Pedro River watershed experienced one of its more important conservation moments towards the end of…
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Meet Profauna: An Organization Turning the Tables in Favor of Conservation in Northern Mexico

November 11, 2020

Northern Mexico has had a tragic history of iconic wildlife extinctions due to hunting and persecution by government agencies and landowners. The Mexican Grizzly Bear or Mexican Silvery Bear (Ursus arctos nelson), for example, was a subspecies of the Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos) that used to roam across Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora, and Durango and was gradually hunted down so that in 1960 there were only 30 specimens reported. In 1976, after…
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Melissa’s intern photo essay: canyons, cliffs, and grasslands

July 19, 2018

by Melissa Galindo, 2018 Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Halfway through my internship with Sky Island Alliance, and I’ve seen so much already! Is it hot out here? My attempt to stay cool in the Arizona heat. The only water source was a spigot roughly a third of a mile from the field site. We carried…
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Tasia’s intern photo essay: 4 weeks, 2 countries, countless memories

by Tasia North, 2018 Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Four weeks in, four weeks to go, in my internship with Sky Island Alliance. The sun sets on a hard day’s work This was taken at Sowls Pond out in the Galiuro Mountains. Last year Sky Island Alliance built several ponds and planted a whole bunch of…
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A Decade of Success in Jaguar and Ocelot Conservation

June 24, 2015

Our work over the last ten years with jaguar and ocelot conservation has shaped my career and outlook as a biologist and conservationist. Just knowing that jaguars and ocelots are present in our Sky Island region is one of the reasons I am passionate about what we do.

La Mariquita, Área Voluntariamente Destinada a la Conservación, ¿Qué significa?

June 23, 2015

Sierra La Mariquita recientemente fue designada como Área Voluntariamente Destinada a la Conservación, pero esto qué significa?

A Sky Island Protected!

June 12, 2015

Over two thousand acres in the Sierra La Mariquita has been designated a new Voluntary Natural Protected Area!