Field Notes

Meet a Cross-Border Cat—Ocelot

September 24, 2019

Known in Spanish as el tigrillo or ocelote, Leopardus pardalis is a neotropical cat that roams forests, scrublands, and savannas from South America northwards into the southern US. This spotted wildcat is roughly twice the size of a housecat, weighing up to 35 lbs. The ocelot is much smaller than the other spotted cat of…
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Meet a Cross-Border Cat—Bobcat

September 21, 2019

Lynx rufus is small wildcat that prowls deserts and forests from Central Mexico to Canada. Slightly larger than a house cat, these adaptable felines love to hunt rabbits throughout the borderlands and you just might see one strolling through your suburban neighborhood. Keep a watchful eye out for these nocturnal cats with short tails and…
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Wildlife at the Wall

September 19, 2019

The US-Mexico border runs through the heart of the Sky Island Region—a unique continental crossroads between temperate and neotropical worlds—rich with both human and animal life. For millennia, wildlife freely roamed between major mountain chains of the Sierra Madres and the Rocky Mountains, thriving in the Sky Islands that rise up from the desert southwest…
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In Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains, plans for the giant Rosemont mine have unleashed a battle.

May 16, 2019

The Trump administration approved a new copper mine in Arizona. Opponents say it would destroy creeks and damage wildlife habitat where jaguars roam.

Responding to the extinction crisis in the Sky Islands

May 15, 2019

It’s been a tough month of bad news for wildlife, water, and all of us that call the Sky Island region home. Amidst a raft of destructive proposals, the UN released a new definitive report on the state of our natural world. The report details the destruction we humans have wreaked on Earth’s web of…
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Call to action: Help protect this Mexican reserve important to wildlife!

September 13, 2016

Leer en Español A recent blog post from Sky Island Alliance board member Juan Carlos Bravo makes a strong call to action to protect the Ajos-Bavispe Natural Protected Area in Sonora, Mexico. Ajos-Bavispe encompasses over 496,000 acres of conservation lands and contains the highest concentration of Priority Species in the whole country, including jaguars, bison,…
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Oracle Road Wildlife Crossing Dedication, Tour and Celebration

May 10, 2016

Come join us for a celebration and very special opportunity to tour the new wildlife bridge and underpass crossings near Catalina State Park. Volunteers needed to help with the event, and all are welcome to attend.

Wildlife Tracking & Camera Monitoring

November 27, 2015

Survey window open for wildlife monitoring teams. Training required.

Oracle Road Wildlife Crossing – Planting Day!

October 17, 2015

There is a new wildlife bridge just north of Tucson that crosses Oracle Road to connect the Tortolita Mountains with the Santa Catalina Mountains. We are working with the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, the Tucson Audubon Society to install native plants on the southeast side of the wildlife crossing at the Santa Catalina Catholic Church.

Oracle Road Wildlife Crossing – Planting Day!

October 16, 2015

There is a new wildlife bridge just north of Tucson that crosses Oracle Road to connect the Tortolita Mountains with the Santa Catalina Mountains. We are working with the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, the Tucson Audubon Society to install native plants on the southeast side of the wildlife crossing at the Santa Catalina Catholic Church.