Field Notes

Sky Island Volunteer Celebration

April 23, 2022

On Saturday, April 23rd at 10am (Arizona Time) we are excited to honor and celebrate our volunteers! Via Zoom we will express our gratitude for our committed and hardworking volunteers…
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Aravaipa Canyon: Field Report!

March 29, 2022

Sky Island Alliance and our wonderful volunteers are back in Aravaipa Canyon! We’re continuing our work of the last several years to hand-pull Vinca major from the banks of Aravaipa…
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Congratulations to our 2021 Interns for graduating from UNISIERRA!

March 3, 2022

In 2021, a new generation of conservationists from the Sky Island region participated in the Sky Island Alliance summer internship program. All four of the Sky Island Alliance interns were…
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In Memory of Volunteer Extraordinaire Tom Swenson-Healey

September 22, 2021

A Tribute to a Special Volunteer BY SKY ISLAND ALLIANCE STAFF A few years back, I had been a retired nurse with too much time on my hands and really…
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Love Bats? This Fall, Help Us Monitor Their Activity

September 21, 2021

At some point over the summer, did you wake up to discover that your hummingbird feeder had been drained and emptied seemingly overnight? If so, how exciting! You may have…
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Finding Springs to Protect and Restore in the Bighorn Fire Area of the Santa Catalina Mountains

September 7, 2021

One year after the colossal Bighorn Fire burned 120,000 acres in Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, ecosystems are recovering. In these ecosystems, springs are a critical feature of the post-burn landscape and provide water for wildlife and opportunities for…
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Spring Seeker Stories: Agua Caliente Tank

July 16, 2021

We’re back this month with another installment in our Spring Seeker Stories! This time, retired wildland firefighter and Sky Island Alliance volunteer Brit Rosso takes us on a rollercoaster of…
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Notes from the Field: The Great Porcupine Search

June 10, 2021

Photo Caption: A North American porcupine detected on one of our Border Wildlife Study cameras. Thank you to our wonderful volunteer, Alicia Stout, for this engaging blog post she wrote…
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Spring Seeker Stories: Bear and Grapevine Spring in the Southern Rincon Mountains

April 28, 2021

We’re back this month with another installment in our Spring Seeker Stories! This time, retired wildland firefighter and Spring Seeker volunteer Brit Rosso takes us on a visual journey through…
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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…
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