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Sky Island Alliance

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

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!

Community Stories

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sky Island Alliance does a great job of engaging with agencies, policymakers, landowners, and the general public to make important changes on the ground in the sky island region of southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico. They mobilize hundreds of volunteers to do the hard labor of landscape restoration and produce citizen science that really makes a difference on both sides of the border. They bring science to decision making processes and land management to improve the resilience and adaptability of the regional environment in ways that benefit human populations and wildlife alike. It is a unique, and therefore absolutely essential, organization.

kevindahl

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor and strong supporter of the incredibly effective work done by Sky Island Alliance in the "sky island" region of the U.S. Southwest and northwestern Mexico. They involve all sorts of people in citizen science and hands-on restoration projects. They are skilled, science-based advocates of the vulnerable wildlife and unique habitats of this beautiful area.

Debbie Cramer B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sky Island Alliance is focused on habitat preservation of the unique Sky Islands of the Southwest. Our Sky Islands offer habitat for hundreds of species that could not exist without the this complex topography offering amazing stacked biogeographic communities. The Sky Island Alliance preserves springs and other water resources which is critical for wildlife in our changing climatic future. As a professional wildlife biologist, specializing in the study and preservation of bats, the Sky Island Alliance is protecting and restoring habitat which is critical for bat species diversity in the Southwest.

Tina N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Sky Island Alliance for over 5 years now. The experience to learn more about my community and to contribute to the well being of the desert has been priceless. In the process, I have also created a partnership for my leadership students at the University of Arizona. 100's of Blue Chip Leadership students have been able to contribute to land restoration and in return get to learn more about the community they live in. The partnership has been fantastic and I am thankful that a partner like SIA is willing to teach my students and me about my environment!

Ellie S.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a member, volunteer and adviser for Sky Island Alliance for almost 10 years. I am involved with many environmental nonprofit organizations, but SIA is closest to my heart. They do great work to protect my special place--the Sky Islands.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a retired teacher, an artist, and wannabe botanist, and have been volunteering with Sky Island Alliance for about five years. Not sure where I originally heard about their work trips, but I blindly signed up for one going to Aravaipa TNC to pull the exotic Vinca from a three + acre area surrounding the creek. It was very hard work and seemingly endless, but I returned several times more after that first trip and could see the results of our efforts. Clearing the invasives and then planting natives made a huge impact on the landscape. The knowledgeable staff is so generous sharing their expertise with us "citizen scientists." Other trips include the Chiricahuas to clear a seep of sedge, and to the Gila Wilderness to restore a burnt out area around the ruin, and always checking up on previous work and plants. They do the most wonderful work and the staff are always so friendly, knowledgeable, and appreciative. It has been a great opportunity for me to travel and visit places in Southern Arizona that I wouldn't have otherwise on my own. I also sometimes volunteer at the office and at event tables. I have made some lasting friendships with both staff and other volunteers. Don't let the photo fool you, relaxing at the end of a work day is part of the job. Thank you Sky Island Alliance!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with and contributing to Sky Island Alliance for more than 20 years. It's a one-of-kind organization that's deeply rooted in this place that I call home. Not only does it use science and advocacy to protect the beautiful and diverse Sky Islands region, it does a fantastic service in connecting community members directly to the many magical places to be found outdoors in the Sky Islands.

I'm particularly loyal to SIA as an organization that's truly bi-national, working on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and treating the region holistically, as nature intended. Every day SIA proves that the international border need not divide us as they bring Sonorans and Arizonans together to do the important work of caring for our world-renowned natural heritage in the Sky Islands region.

In this time of division, rancor, widespread ignorance and hatred, SIA is a brilliant ray of hopeful collaboration that could very well be our salvation. SIA heals the landscape and the people who live on it at the same time, and I'm very grateful for the work that this organization does and the positive impact that it's had on my life.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I like Sky Island Alliance because this is a unique organization that works on environmental conservation on both sides of the US-Mexico border. For this reason, I am proud to serve on its board.

Tasia N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an undergraduate student studying Ecology and Conservation Biology. I did a summer internship with Sky Island Alliance this last summer. They were so good to work for and have amazing, knowledgeable staff. Their work is based in recent science, years of experience, and a solid understanding of the local environment and ecosystems. I also appreciated that their restoration work was well rounded and not just focused on some of the more charismatic organisms. They do such good amazing work and are a fantastic organization. I learned a lot while working there and if given the chance would absolutely work with them again.

Eric S.5

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor and volunteer, I appreciate the focus of the work that Sky Island Alliance does and the depth with which they permeate the local environmental movement.

Rosemary S.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a wildlife field biologist and tracker who has volunteered with Sky Island Alliance since 2014.
I respect and support this organization and recommend it highly to everyone.
Sky Island Alliance conducts vital conservation work throughout the Sky Island region of Arizona and Mexico. Their staff is well educated, experienced and professional. Their scientific work is cutting edge and their volunteer programs top notch and engaging.
If I had to choose only one organization to support in Arizona, Sky Island Alliance is always my first choice.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sky Island Alliance is one of our favorite partner's in the field of environmental conservation and restoration who champion biodiversity and strive for cutting edge native plant materials practices. As the native plant nursery manager for Borderlands Restoration, it makes a world of difference to work with an organization that prioritizes planting and seeding out local and regionally adapted plants into the landscape and can thoughtfully plan and execute their projects with so much integrity and care for the landscapes they work.

LeslieAnnE

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sky Island Alliance is unique among conservation groups for its community oriented and community building focus. SIA uses contributions for its various conservation endeavors as do other charitable organizations, but I believe the SIA approach to using volunteers is vital for the future of conservation and protection of natural areas. People want to protect nature and they want to be physically involved in an action to carry out these protections. By welcoming volunteers to document animals and plants, to help remove invasive plants, to work together to clear springs and even build water sources for wildlife, SIA fosters volunteers with lasting connections to the land and each other. SIA helps participants become more knowledgeable and proactive in a place, and therefore more rooted and at ease in their place on Earth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sky Island Alliance is carrying out ongoing citizen active involvement in monitoring and restoring natural areas, which heals not only the natural areas, but the hearts and minds of the people involved. It is a treasure and needs support from all of us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sky Island Alliance came to the Gila Cliff Dwellings to help a slow-to-recover burned hillside in the monument. Their enthusiasm, the diversity and the energy of the volunteers, and the work they accomplished in such a short time was simply amazing.

Years prior to being on site, Sky Island invested huge amounts of time and effort gathering native plant seeds from the Monument and then growing new plants to place on the hillside. This not only guaranteed native plants were going into the site, but were already adapted to surviving in this particular location.

There are not enough ways to say "Thank you!" for the work done. Come see the hillside and how well it's recovering now!

Malcolm R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Sky J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Emma F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Brian N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Laurel7

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization working a special natural area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization focuses on the conservation of a unique area with unique wildlife. They use donated funds wisely.