Sky Island Alliance

Rating: 4.9 stars   52 reviews

Address:

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!

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520-624-7080
http://www.skyislandalliance.org/

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Rating: 5 stars  

First, you need to know what our desert Sky Islands are. They stick up out of the broad desert valleys that stretch the Great Basin and Range region of the American west. The Sky Islands are incredibly important to wildlife, offering habitats with water and habitats above the grass, cactus and desert scrub . The Sky Island Alliance (SIA) works to protect the mountains and the corridors that connect them despite our human foot/road/freeway prints. This grassroots organization does more than that, it restores habitat, conducts field surveys, trains trackers and raises awareness with citizen scientists, volunteers of all kinds as well as public lectures, etc. An exceptionally active and worthwhile nonprofit that profits both wildlife, landscapes and humans.

 
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I interned with SIA as a senior in college and was provided with many great networking opportunities and field experiences. I would recommend any student looking for an internship to apply with Sky Island Alliance, they are true to their mission and do such an amazing amount of work for the number of staff working there. They need volunteers and interns to continue their amazing work - so get out there, you will have a great time!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Sky Islands Alliance does great work in the field of environmental conservation and advocacy. They have wonderful, expert staff and a dedicated cadre of volunteers (such as myself0 which is truly inspiring. They have forged wonderful liaisons with organizations, ranchers, and politicians both in the US and Northern Mx to further the cause of preserving our wild lands .

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Sky Island has been such a large contributor to my interest in wildlife biology today and I am grateful for all the work they put into the effort they put into saving our sky island and desert seas. I started volunteering at Sky Island Alliance when I was in Sixth grade and have never stopped. The staff are wonderful and supportive of a student interested in wildlife conservation, and the efforts they are making to protect both the wildlife and habitat has led me to major in wildlife conservation at the UofA this year.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I interned with Sky Island Alliance over the summer, and it was one of the best things I've experienced. They are by far one of the best conservation organizations I know of. All of their staff know so much and are an absolute joy to work with. If I still lived in Tucson, I would be volunteering with them every chance I got. The work they do for the nature and wildlife of the sky islands and the surrounding areas is amazing. I'm so happy that SIA is out there advocating for our wildlife.

 
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I have been a volunteer with Sky Island Alliance for 14 years, tracking as part of the Wildlife Linkages program. I am very impressed with the organization. It has a robust restoration program, making good use of many, many volunteers. It is a conservation organization that works by education and research and not by confrontation. People who work for the organization are very well informed and they work to help others to become informed regarding habitat issues in our Sky Islands.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Sky Island Alliance is restoring southern Arizona. This organization with mostly volunteers restores riparian, desert, and mountain habitats for plants and animals. It does very important work. The staff are extremely knowledgeable about the local Sky Island ecosystems. They are absolute experts. This is a welcoming organization for volunteers. I have learned so much being a volunteer with Sky Islands.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Sky Island Alliance is an effective, hardworking organization, free of the corporate trappings of many larger environmental organizations. Think globally & act locally, you can't do better that the SIA. Landscape restoration and preservation, Spring assessments, Biological surveys... this is a boots in the mud, dirty hands, bunch that won't shy away from hard work or waste your valuable donations. I give all of my free time and $$ to these folks!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The Sky Island Alliance is a “boots on the ground hands in the dirt” kind of an organization. Based in Tucson Arizona, they focus their attention on the unique Sky Island region that straddles the US, Mexican border. Important work is accomplished by this amazing group. By mobilizing teams of volunteers to collect data, restore habitat, document regional diversity, map wildlife corridors… They help preserve, protect & restore this incredible region.

My favorite project managed by the SIA is the Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment program. Teams of volunteer citizen scientist work side by side with trained biologist, university students and agency officials from the US and Mexico to catalog the amazing diversity of the remote, rugged mountain ranges that make up the Sky Islands.

I really can't say enough nice things about this terrific group. This is where I spend my volunteer time and make my cash donations. The projects are always fun and deeply satisfying, I honestly feel like I'm making a difference when I work with these guys!

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

Find them more patrons and grant money!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

These guys really care about what they do! I have never had a bad experience volunteering with SIA and I don't expect to. I can only hope they are able to continue to receive funding so that the important research they are involved with can continue for many years to come.

 
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This group, Sky Island Alliance, is studying climate changes on the ground, starting with water. Not too surprising in the desert. But, knowing how facts about seeps and springs are changing is almost as important as knowing how to reverse it. One must study any aspect of life on earth to know what it means, and what the future could be like, and also know if there are changes one direction to the other. Sky Island is studying and working to know our environment for the health of our Sky Island area so that the animals and the humans have a better place to live and benefit from in all ways.

 
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This group of conservation oriented people works by bringing international scientists and citizens together to discover the wildlands of the Sonoran Desert. It does work with developers, ranchers, interested citizen trackers, re-establishing water courses, advising road planners about crossings and wildlife tracks to surrounding mountains and much much more. Because the Sonoran Desert knows no barrier walls or fences we deal with the lovers of the desert from both sides of the international border and the animals that traverse the geography in the area.
The "sky islands" are sources of genetic diversity that all the inhabitants need to visit in order to maintain their species. This occurs across the Sonoran Desert and therefore human interruptions of the acreage is important and crucial. Repair and knowledge of the area is very important to all inhabitants. Groups such as the Sky Island Alliance are quietly protecting, teaching and repairing as much as they can as fast as they can.

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

raise the donations which are constantly needed

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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