Field Notes

Summer Intern Stories: The Writing in the Sand—Wildlife Tracking in Aravaipa Canyon

August 16, 2021

Written by Aleidys Lopez Romero, a 2021 Sky Island Alliance Binational Internship Program participant. While exploring the extravagant views offered within Aravaipa Canyon [this summer], Sky Island Alliance staff along with the Round River Conservation Studies group decided to go on a short wildlife tracking expedition. After a little bushwhacking, a rattlesnake sighting, and greeting several…
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Notes from the Field: Wildlife in San Antonio Canyon

May 18, 2021

Recently, Sky Island Alliance staff had the opportunity to take a group of reporters down to our Border Wildlife Study area so that they could see what’s at stake with the threat of more border infrastructure looming over the region. While we were visiting, we got the chance to visit one of our wildlife cameras that predates the study, as well…
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Wildlife Tracking 101: A-what-a-grade?

October 16, 2019

Animals have evolved various form of locomotion to get around. Terrestrial animals have common three types of locomotion: plantigrade, digitigrade, and unguligrade. You can see an animal’s locomotion type in their tracks, and is a tool to help you narrow down what animal made that track.  Please see our previous blog post: Anatomy of a…
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Wildlife Tracking 101: Anatomy of a Track

October 9, 2019

To learn how to track you must first understand some basics of anatomy. If you can understand what part of the foot made that mark, and if you know terminology, you can start to ID the track and communicate to other trackers what you see. The best way to learn the anatomy of the track…
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Borderlands Festival and Tracking Blitz

October 8, 2019

This past Saturday we celebrated the borderland region by attending the Borderlands Festival hosted by Coronado National Memorial. There was great dancing, food, and fun for all. Sky Island Alliance had an interactive table that taught how to identify common wildlife tracks. We also showcased our wildlife monitoring work in the region. Special shout out…
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Where Does Wildlife Go?

October 4, 2019

We recently explored a small section of existing border wall habitat on the US side of the border with Mexico at Coronado Memorial. A sandy wash meanders southward through the park from the Huachuca Mountains and abruptly runs into the steel border wall. As we looked for signs of wildlife on the move, sure enough…
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Wildlife Tracking 101: How many toes?

October 2, 2019

Did you know you can separate animal footprints, also called tracks based on how many toes you see? There are many variables that can affect how many toes show up, ground type, speed of the animal, and age of the track. But if you can count the number of toes you see, you are on…
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Oracle Road Wildlife Crossing Dedication, Tour and Celebration

May 10, 2016

Come join us for a celebration and very special opportunity to tour the new wildlife bridge and underpass crossings near Catalina State Park. Volunteers needed to help with the event, and all are welcome to attend.

Wildlife Tracking & Camera Monitoring

November 27, 2015

Survey window open for wildlife monitoring teams. Training required.

Wildlife Tracking & Camera Monitoring

October 16, 2015

Survey window for wildlife monitoring teams. Training required.