SKY ISLAND ALLIANCE

Rating: 4.89 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: PO Box 41165 Tucson AZ 85717 USA

Mission: Sky Island Alliance is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the native species and habitats in the Sky Island region - home to an incredibly diverse group of plants and animals. With volunteers, scientists, land owners, public officials and agencies, SIA works to establish protected areas, restore healthy landscapes, and promote public appreciation of the region's unique biological diversity.
Target demographics: wildlife and protect wild places.
Geographic areas served: Southeastern Arizona, Southwestern New Mexico, Northern Sonora and Chihuahua.
Programs: Landscape Restoration, Wildlife Linkages, Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment, Adopt-a-Spring and more!
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Arizona's borderlands with Mexico are at tremendous risk due to fragmentation of lands, wasteful unneeded strip mining, water depletion, and degradation of landscapes by traffic from border patrol vehicles, migrants, and border criminals. Plus, global climate disruption is degrading the biome habitats of the various elevations of the Sky Islands. All the while there continues to be important evidence of successful struggles of remnant megafauna populations such as the ocelot and even the jaguar in the USA. Sky Island Alliance works tirelessly to protect, preserve, and restore the natural world of the borderlands. As a borderlands art & heritage photographer, I've worked with this group since 2004 in various ways, supporting it as I can. Without this group, the Sky Islands would be in much more dire circumstances.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Lobby for peaceful solutions to the migrant and illegal activity degrading the Arizona-Mexico border.

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2013

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For over twenty years Sky Island Alliance has done great work to protect and restore the wild lands and wildlife of the Sky Island region. Staff and volunteers are dedicated and passionate about accomplishing our mission. Sky Island Alliance is the only organization with the sole purpose of conserving this amazingly diverse and beautiful region.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage greater financial support from donors.

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Life-changing

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2013

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The Sky Island Alliance has been dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and wildlands in the SW US and NW Mexico for 20 years, It's accomplishments include the establishment of protected areas, landscape restoration, scientific research, and publice education.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work on the board of directors

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to grow our strong base of volunteers and members

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2 people found this review helpful

Sky Island Alliance is one of those run-silent-run-deep organizations which has the delicate and inclusive skill of building bridges between and among seemingly disparate groups. They bring opposing and opinionated people together to see each others' points of view and to find common ground. Their staff understands issues from the ground up--from deep ecological studies of sky island flora and fauna, up through the action arena inspiring volunteer boots on the ground to care for threatened natural places, and at the top, advocating as a team player on Capitol Hill to bring about changes in wildland management policy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more support for their policy and advocacy work

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I'm a new volunteer, I recently attended their 20th Wildlife Tracking Workshop, part of their wildlife linkages program. SIA staff were so knowledgeable about wildlife, natural history, the issues and their work. I left feeling very informed and confident in my abilities to identify wildlife and completely understood how my work as a volunteer was directly supporting their mission and makes a clear difference to protect the astounding biodiversity of the Sky Islands region. From a volunteer perspective, that is the most I could ask for.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

SIA is a great non profit organization. Their work across the border (US-MEX) forges true friendship and teamwork between nations to protect our Sky Islands. Also by being a volunteer now I can put in practice what I have learned in my community.

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Definitely

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A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Sky Island Alliance demonstrates incredible leadership in involving its volunteers in a citizen science initiative. Volunteers are trained and then utilized to collect data that is then used by the organization to
effect important changes in preserving the species of the Sky Island region. Just one example of this
groundbreaking effort has been use of the data collected by it's volunteers and hard working staff
to work to get highway underpass corridors approved and implemented. This organization is doing a great job with a limited budget. The staff members are great people who are enthusiastic and committed to
preserving our southwestern region for future generations. They do this across borders and by working with people from many different walks of life, helping all to come together to support an ideal shared by a diverse group of people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see the financial support for this organization be increased.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  



I would like to thank Sky Island Alliance for all the great work that they are doing for Southern Arizona's wildlife corridor, riparian area, and protecting water.

I was able to take a tracking class 4 years ago and have volunteered on a transect every since. What a great class and awesome way of getting out there and understanding the importance of this area.

Volunteers and staff work so closely together. I was also able to volunteer with Sky Island staff on a BioBliz, taking school children out to learn and collect photos and tracks, surveying and recording all the different species they came along on the trails.

What a hard working wonderful group and I feel so lucky being part of the importance of the Sky Island Alliance work - team/family.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Sky Island Alliance has flourished by putting aside political concerns nationally and internationally to prioitize the habitats as a whole. I have been impressed by the quality of data collected on their bioblitzes and the follow-up of entering data into regional databases accessible by all. Thank-you!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

Sky Island Alliance is an important and effective regional leader on issues at the intersection of climate change and the environment. They have brought together a diverse array of regional resource managers, decision-makers, and private land owners for constructive dialogues on environmental change, habitat vulnerability, wildfire threats, and the potential compounding effects of climate change. Moreover, SIA's ability to mobilize volunteers for monitoring key regional ecosystem processes and species, has improved the ability of scientists and others to track environmental change, and contributed to scientific understanding of wildlife and ecosystem issues.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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A lot

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Definitely

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2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I logged over 100 hours volunteering for Sky Island last year on projects as diverse as spring assessments, tracking and camera trapping, and data entry. I have only lived in Tucson a couple of years and have found a family of extremely dedicated professionals that I embrace not only with time, but also emotional gratitude for the necessary work that they accomplish. Thank you Sky Island for what you do and allowing me to contribute to protecting the great quality of life that Southeast Arizona and Northern Sonora offers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the staff size to ease the tremendous stress and burden on its overtaxed employees.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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