Field Notes

Notes from the Field: Van Trap and Chimney Spring in the Southern Rincon Wilderness

March 29, 2021

Volunteers lie at the heart of our Spring Seeker program. In 2020, 63 people helped us check over 220 springs in the U.S. and Mexico—a feat that would be impossible for staff alone. Retired wildland firefighter Brit Rosso is one of our steadfast Spring Seeker volunteers. Not only is he dedicated to hiking rough terrains…
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Call for Art: Help Bear Witness to the Patagonia Mountains by Submitting Art of the Borderlands

January 15, 2021

  Help us tell the story of the critical jaguar habitat in the Patagonia Mountains that is now threatened by border wall construction. If the Patagonias are cut off from Mexico by these 4.1 miles of planned border wall, jaguar and other species, like bear, will lose access to a large portion of their migratory…
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Notes from the Field: Searching for High Spring in the Huachuca Mountains

January 14, 2021

Volunteers lie at the heart of our Spring Seeker program. In 2020, 63 people helped us check over 220 springs in the U.S. and Mexico—a feat that would be impossible for staff alone.  Retired wildlands firefighter Brit Rosso is one of our steadfast Spring Seeker volunteers. Not only is he dedicated to hiking rough terrains in order to document the status of springs…
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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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Introduction to Sky Island FotoFauna

October 15, 2020

Register Here Do you have a backyard wildlife camera and want to contribute your photos to help monitor wildlife movement? Join us for this Coffee Break to learn all about our new volunteer wildlife monitoring network across the Sky Island region—FotoFauna. We’ll explain how to complete a monthly checklist of important indicator species from your…
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Wilderness Springs Training

July 20, 2020

Register Here Did you know that springs on U.S. Forest Service land might not be protected unless they are surveyed to validate the water rights? Come learn more about our new Spring Seeker survey and how you can help survey wilderness spring this summer in Coronado National Forest! We’ll cover topics including which wilderness areas…
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Social distancing at all levels

March 18, 2020

We hope that you and your family are safe and comfortable as our community adjusts to Covid-19. As volunteers, you help us accomplish so much and nothing is more important to us than your health. For this reason, we are evolving our volunteer plans for the foreseeable future to protect our Sky Island community. Wildlife…
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Cómo revisar su cámara trampa

February 11, 2020

Si no ha leído la publicación anterior sobre la configuración de una cámara, se la recomiendo, encuéntrela aquí: Cómo instalamos cámaras trampa Este protocolo es cómo nosotros en SIA revisamos nuestras cámaras, espero poder transmitirle algunos consejos y trucos. Cada cuando revisar cámaras   Descubrimos que las cámaras deben visitarse cada 2 a 3 meses como…
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How to check your wildlife camera

February 5, 2020

If you haven’t read the previous post about setting up a camera, I highly recommend it, find it here: How SIA Sets Up Our Wildlife Cameras If you have read our previous blog post about how to set-up a wildlife camera, you are now ready to learn how to check your camera. This protocol is…
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Saguaro Census Survey: 3-mile Hike January 11th @ Saguaro West

January 11, 2020

Join Sky Island Alliance in helping Saguaro National Park with their 2020 saguaro census! This will be a longer hike in Saguaro West Click Here Register on our Eventbrite Page About the Event: Saguaro National Park conducts a saguaro census every 10 years using citizen science. This effort is to help determine the health and…
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