In late April I spent four days at the Aravaipa Canyon Preserve at a wildlife tracking workshop learning the basic skills. The staff members from Sky Island were extremely knowledgable and capable teachers, patiently walking us through our first identifications and providing a much broader picture of how tracking provides data on a wide array of wildlife in our region. The staff communicated both the practical information and skills as well as a passion for their work to protect and preserve wildlife. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone who wants to support an outstanding environmental organization.
I've been volunteering with Sky Island Alliance for eight years. Because the work they do is science-based and collaborative, the alliance has caused good things to happen. The staff and members have been able to restore damaged areas, protect Arizona's wildlife, and give residents of this politically backward state hope that clean water and clean air will not be destroyed by ignorance or corporate greed. By reaching out to like-minded citizens and groups in northern Mexico and eastern New Mexico, SIA has insured the future health of the Sky Islands.
Sky Island Alliance is doing important environmental work on many fronts - working to eliminate invasive, non-native species that threaten our delicate ecosystems, mapping and assessing springs, creating wildlife safety bridges and tunnels, and more. I have participated in two projects so far - locating and assessing natural springs in the Galiuro mountains and planting native grasses and milkweeds/digging out invasive vinca (periwinkle) in Aravaipa Canyon. It's hard work and SO much fun! I love spending time in the mountains.
The staff are clearly committed to SIA's mission; they are energetic, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The volunteers I've met are great people and share my love of the outdoors. I'm proud to be a member of Sky Island Alliance.
I've worked with Sky Island Alliance (SIA) as a field and office volunteer off and on for over a decade. The field projects are worthwhile, and always draw an interesting crew of volunteers. The projects feel like they're making a quantifiable difference as you work. I will probably continue to work with SIA as long as I live in Arizona.
Sky Island Alliance creates a unique opportunity for the public to connect to their local wild lands. As a volunteer, I have engaged in meaningful habitat restoration work with like-minded individuals. The Sky Island staff always create a welcoming environment; as a result, the organization has cultivated a large cadre of dedicated, long-term volunteers. We adventure to wild places to restore the land and ourselves.
Sky Island is a wonderful organization, I have volunteered with Sky Island Alliance for over seven years. Starting when I was middle school a they helped me grow as a scientist conducting cutting-edge research projects using noninvasive monitoring through tracking and remote cameras. This fueled my passion for the Sonoran desert and the Sky Island region and they are why I am studying wildlife conservation at the University of Arizona today. Sky Island Alliance is full of wonderful, caring individuals who truly wish to see our natural resources protected and restored.
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.
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!
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 .
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.