Field Notes

Cameras and Corridors

January 25, 2020

Sky Island Alliance’s mission is to protect and restore the diversity of life and lands in the Sky Island region. This unique region bridges the Colorado Plateau in the US and the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico through a series of ‘Sky Islands’ in Arizona and Sonora that rise out of desert seas and provide vibrant mountain habitat for plants, animals, and people of the southwest.  At…
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Preestreno: Resultados de cámaras trampa

January 23, 2020

Actualmente estoy terminando un análisis de todos los datos de cámaras trampa de nuestro Programa de Monitoreo de Vida Silvestre. Los datos analizados aquí provienen de una combinación de cámaras que son propiedad de SIA, así como las cámaras personales de voluntarios y organizaciones asociadas. Todas estas cámaras son controladas y operadas por voluntarios, y…
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SIA Wildlife Camera Data Report – Preview

January 22, 2020

Currently I am wrapping up an analysis of all the wildlife camera data from our Wildlife Linkages Monitoring Program. The data analyzed here is from a combination of cameras that are owned by SIA as well as the personal cameras from volunteers and partner organizations. All these cameras are checked and operated by volunteers, and…
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Cómo instalamos cámaras trampa

January 21, 2020

Las cámaras trampa son una herramienta útil para estudiar la vida silvestre de manera no invasiva y responder muchas preguntas sobre el comportamiento de la vida silvestre, la ocupación, la abundancia y el uso de la tierra. En Sky Island Alliance, utilizamos cámaras trampa para recopilar datos cruciales sobre especies de vida silvestre en la…
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How we set up our wildlife cameras

January 18, 2020

Wildlife cameras are a useful tool to study wildlife in a non-invasive approach and answer many questions about wildlife behavior, occupancy, abundance, and land usage. At Sky Island Alliance, we use wildlife cameras to gather crucial data on wildlife species in the region. This data helps us inform the public and policy makers about the unique diversity we have in the binational region.   In the last decade, wildlife cameras have become cheaper…
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Top 10 Wildlife Photos of 2019

December 31, 2019

During the course of 2019, Sky Island Alliance has collected 9600 photos of wildlife, 6645 of those came from cameras within 5 miles of the Border. This data was collected and submitted by our volunteers and partner organizations. It was hard to select the best photos, as every image of our Sky Island wildlife is…
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Big Win for Wildlife in Northern Mexico

October 25, 2019

In early October, legislation to make wildlife crossings mandatory for roads in Sonora, MX was unanimously passed into state law by Sonoran Congress. This is the first state law of its kind and means that roads like Highway 2, a major highway that parallels the US-MX border in Sonora, will have public policy support to…
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Student project results in new jaguar sighting

September 8, 2015

It is not every day a rare charismatic carnivore steps in front of a wildlife camera, especially when there is only one jaguar currently known to roam southwestern Arizona. But that is exactly what happened to Dean Goehring, a student at Prescott College.