Porcupine in the San Rafael Valley

Coffee Break: Porcupines in the Sky Island Borderlands

June 5, 2024

North American porcupines (Erethizon dorsatum) are found across Arizona, but little is known about their distribution in the Sky Island region, and public perception is that porcupines do not live in the borderlands at all. Join SIA Wildlife Specialist Meagan Bethel for our next virtual Coffee Break to learn more about these fascinating creatures, surprising detections on our Border Wildlife Study cameras, and their documented crossing of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Black bear in the Patagonia Mountains

Time to Take Action: Protecting the Patagonia Mountains From the Hermosa Mine

May 17, 2024

Join us for our next virtual Coffee Break to learn more about what you can do to help protect southern Arizona’s Patagonia Mountains from destructive mining. A company called South32 has requested to expand a mine onto U.S. Forest Service land, which will require the discharge of up to 6.5 million gallons of precious groundwater per day and lead to many other irreversible damages. In this talk, SIA staff will share updates on the project, and we’ll have a chance to hear from our local partners.

Coffee Break on wildlife-human relationships

Coffee Break: Mediating Wildlife-Human Relationships Through Behavioral Ecology

March 13, 2024

Join us for our next virtual Coffee Break to learn more about some of the latest research being done to understand wildlife-human relationships and reduce conflict. Our presenter is Allie Burnett, Ph.D. candidate within the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. For her research, she has focused specifically on the dynamics at play in Tucson.

Coffee Break on jaguars

Coffee Break: Unwinding the Regulatory Story of the Jaguar

February 6, 2024

With several new jaguar sightings in Arizona within the past year, both old and new questions are resurfacing as to what this means for the future of the species in the U.S. So join us for our next virtual Coffee Break to hear from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Marit Alanen, who is the agency’s jaguar expert and liaison to the Jaguar Recovery Team.

Coffee Break on invasive plants.

Invasive Plants: The Biggest Local Threats and What We Can Do

January 17, 2024

Join us for our next virtual Coffee Break with Saguaro National Park’s botanist Dan Beckman. He’ll present on some of the most concerning invasive plants in the region, including buffelgrass,…
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Sky Islands Coffee Break

Coffee Break: Using Sky Islands to Study Climate Change Across the Globe

November 8, 2023

Join us to learn more about how sky islands across the world are being used to study ecological and evolutionary impacts of global climate change. Our presenter, Sarah J. Love,…
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Coffee Break

Coffee Break: Protecting the Origins of Water in the Sky Islands

October 6, 2023

Join us to learn more about the Sky Islands’ role as a crucial source of water in our region, as well as efforts to protect this water through a binational…
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Road decommissioning

Coffee Break: Road Decommissioning Surveys

October 4, 2023

We’ve had a lot of interest in our new campaign to rewild old roads in the Huachucas and other parts of southern Arizona, and you can help! To learn more…
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Skunks of the Sky Islands

Coffee Break: Skunks of the Sky Islands

September 12, 2023

Did you know that the Sky Island region has four different skunk species? Come learn all about this family of stinkin’ cute creatures during our next virtual Coffee Break, hosted…
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Coffee Break: Arizona Water Law 101

Coffee Break: Arizona Water Law

August 23, 2023

Join us for our next virtual Coffee Break on one of the most important topics in our region: water. Our presenter will be Michael Van Alsburg, a Tucson lawyer who…
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