Field Notes

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 been visited by migratory bats. Photo credit: Four bats feeding from a hummingbird feeder after dusk. Taken by Emily Burns. For many years, community scientists…
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Acabamos de Tener Nuestro Primer Avistamiento de Serpientes en el Estudio de Vida Silvestre Fronteriza

September 16, 2021

El 11 de julio, casi 16 meses después del inicio de nuestro Estudio de Vida Silvestre Fronteriza, nuestras cámaras trampa detectaron la primera serpiente del estudio: ¡una Culebra chirrionera de Sonora (Masticophis bilineatus)!  Pie de foto: Una serpiente Chirrionera de Sonora deslizándose por un tronco caído (ve el lado izquierdo del tronco). La Culebra chirrionera de Sonora es una especie común que se ve en la región de las Islas del…
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Summer Intern Stories: Camera Traps, Experiences, and Sightings / Cámara Trampa, Experiencia y Avistamientos

September 9, 2021

Escrito por Maybeth Yulissa Pinto Santana, participante del Programa Binacional de Pasantías de Sky Island Alliance 2021. / Written by Maybeth Yulissa Pinto Santana, a 2021 Sky Island Alliance Binational Internship Program participant. En toda la carrera mi encuentro más cercano a una cámara trampa fue una vez en un taller que tuvimos, donde nos…
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Concurso de fotografía: Celebre el verano con sus fotografías favoritas de FotoFauna

September 1, 2021

A medida que el verano llega a su fin, ¡hagamos una pausa para celebrar las especies que hemos visto en nuestras cámaras de vida silvestre!  Este año, el personal de Sky Island Alliance ha visto a los cachorros de oseznos seguir a sus madres a través de verdes paisajes, manadas de coyotes y jabalies bebiendo de las cuencas cercanas, zorros grises regresando victoriosos de una…
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Watch Six Weeks of Wildlife at the Border during Monsoon

August 26, 2021

I remember how loud the crunchy sound of extremely dry grass underfoot was in the San Rafael Valley near the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year. For months, we had watched the decline in vegetation across the region during the exceptional drought of the last few years. With fewer and fewer wildlife detections on our Border…
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Photo Contest: Celebrate Summer with Your Favorite FotoFauna Photographs

August 19, 2021

As summer comes to a close, let’s pause to celebrate the species we’ve seen on our wildlife cameras! This year, staff at Sky Island Alliance have watched bear cubs follow their mothers across greening landscapes, packs of coyote and javelina drink from nearby water bowls, gray foxes return victorious from a hunt—and, above all, enjoyed…
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Notes from the Field: Our First Look at the Wildlife in Coronado National Memorial

July 7, 2021

Last month, we placed five new wildlife cameras in Coronado National Memorial. These camera additions extend our Border Wildlife Study eastward into the zone where the border wall was extended by the Trump administration in 2020. The cameras are placed within oak woodland habitat on the southern steep slopes of the Huachuca Mountains—about 1.5 miles…
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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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The Border Wildlife Study Rodeo

February 24, 2021

For many youngsters around the West, it is Rodeo Break. I hardly ever went to the actual Rodeo, but I sure miss having those two days off! In our Border Wildlife Study, I’ve seen plenty of animals both cattle and wildlife having their own rodeo days all year long—with no stinkin’ humans around. Enjoy this…
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¡Hemos detectado más de 100 especies en las tierras fronteriza entre Estados Unidos y México!

December 11, 2020

En marzo de 2020, Sky Island Alliance se asoció con la organización sin fines de lucro mexicana Naturalia, A.C. para documentar la vida silvestre que vive o migra a través de las zonas fronterizas entre Estados Unidos y México, uno de los últimos tramos restantes del corredor de vida silvestre abierto en la región. ¿Cómo…
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