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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

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Allison55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 .

1 Meagan B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Emily125

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.