I have been on one trip so far. These are dedicated people who care about the world we leave for the future. If you love the outdoors like I do, this is one non-profit doing the real ground work in southern Arizona and New Mexico.
I have been involved off and on with SIA since the mid-1990s. Through many ups and downs, SIA has persisted and been one of the most effective and hands-on conservation organizations in the southwest. Our region would be a much poorer place for people and wildlife without SIA.
Sky Island Alliance is a great, hard working organization that uses science and research as a basis for helping preserve and protect the precious sky island regions which are so important to southern Arizona and northern Mexico for a multitude of reasons. Sky Island Alliance is working to make a difference!
I first heard about SIA when I was college and I remember thinking "I need to get involved with them anyway I can." SIA is so appealing because it is implementing restoration on a systems based approach that goes past political boundaries and is therefore able to be effective in conserving the habitat of so many species in this region.
My first experience with Sky Island Alliance was for a mountain lion survey in the Huachuca mountains. It was an amazing learning experience to walk with experienced trackers and to discover the presence, through tracks, of bear and mountain lion in the area. We found three sets of bear prints and 3 different mountain lion tracks, and I loved the hands on training I received. It was an unforgettable experience. I'm so glad for the existence of the Sky Island Alliance because it has the foresight to work toward preserving our unique "islands" while there is still time to do so. It shows a unique selflessness to work for the benefit of other species other than ourselves, and I am thankful for their dedication to this cause.
Excellent organization working a special natural area.
This organization focuses on the conservation of a unique area with unique wildlife. They use donated funds wisely.
It was in 2009 when I met SIA for first time. At that day, they shared an incredible flora and fauna workshop at Rancho El Aribabi, Sonora. I was a 19th year old student of biology, I consider that experience as revealing, my entrance the amazing world of the biota.
I have been volunteering with Sky Island Alliance for the past 16 months. The staff are very warm people. I'm inspired by their passion for the environment. I have learned a lot about native plants, insects, critters and water resources while working on land restoration projects with them. Sky Island Alliance takes me to scenic places, often on the back-roads, that I'd never otherwise have the opportunity to see. I highly recommend this organization.
SIA is a very important organization that works to ensure the preservation of the health of the land, water, and wildlife. I volunteer for them as often as possible.
Sky Island Alliance (SIA) has great classes, like the Wildlife Tracking class that helped further my skills as a consulting wildlife biologist/environmental scientist. SIA staff members are truly passionate and that definitely comes across in correspondence for volunteer work and in their social image. I firmly believe SIA is performing a vital role in documenting biological and conservation data for the sky islands of Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico!
Sky Island Alliance has been an incredible influence in our community for the better protection of species in our world. They defend and protect those who cannot speak for themselves by collecting data on the current status of species and the changes to their environment. We are so fortunate that the dedicated staff, care so deeply and work so hard on all of our behalf.
Sky Island Alliance changed our family's life. We became involved in 2000 and are now devoted environmentalists as a family. My daughter has now earned $93,000 worth of scholarships because of her work volunteering for SKy Island Alliance! They took her under their wing as a young Middle School student, taught her to track, let her adopt remote sensing cameras and allowed her to intern with them. The result? She is majoring in Conservation Biology now. We can never say enough good things about the care this organization gives to its volunteers and the attention it gives to the other species that share our planet.
SIA is an exemplary organization, with a well-balanced approach to the compelling message of conservation. Everyone involved, from volunteers, to staff, to board members work together to celebrate and steward the uniqueness of this incredible region.
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.
I love being a board member for SIA because it is focused on tangible change on the land and the communities that I care for. The reach of the restoration work is impressive, the effort to empower Mexican conservation practitioners is commendable and the science being generated is immediately applicable to resolve conservation issues. All this makes SIA not only a great non-profit but an indispensable partner in a region that has very few conservation groups stewarding one of North America's most biodiverse regions.
I've been recently invited to join the Sky Island Alliance as a Board Member, a challenge that I think is worth the effort as this group has done great things to restore and promote the conservation of a beautiful binational region.
I look forward to a closer collaboration!
Sky Island Alliance is doing some of the most innovative and important conservation work in the desert Southwest - from the critical science and analysis to the on-the-ground conservation and restoration work with springs, habitat, and species that represent the unique biodiversity of this region. I am an enthusiastic donor and proud to be part of this organization of dedicated professionals and volunteers.
This group of enthusiastic people is working every day, sometimes 7 days a week, to make sure springs are found, measured and restructured if they have been damaged, they replant damaged areas in private and public lands, they track animals so that populations are known and highway drivers are aware of crossings and even so that overpasses can be built. The group has enthusiastic volunteers who work to do the planting and hauling rock to rebuild erosion channels, to count reptiles or insects for census needs, to find new species and to educate both each other and university student learners who are great volunteers.
I volunteer myself because I consider the land and its wildlife the only reason I enjoy going outdoors. If I was a city dweller I would be numbed and stifled but instead I live on the edge of the areas this group is helping revitalize.
The Board is informed of the details of the working biologists and the overall plan of direction for this organization. There is a general directive to follow the organizational outline very closely. The ED is on the carpet, so to speak, to answer all queries and responds with direct answers and examples. The entire organization responds with enthusiasm about their goals and plans such as the motion cameras which "capture" animal facts in wild lands and the restructuring of roads, streams and such that have been damaged by the use of the public or landowners. There is a high regard for land owners in all planning and a high regard for the SIA as evidenced by the high number of volunteers which work for the group.