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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I grew up here, hiking these mountains and exploring our wonderful desert regions. I'll probably never see a jaguar in the wild, but knowing that these magnificent cats are out there and that Sky Island Alliance is leading the charge to protect wildlife corridors makes me proud to be a donor and board member of this terrific group. I encourage everyone reading these reviews to join, become a volunteer, and help make the Sky Islands a permanent home for all native wildlife.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"Boots on the ground" sounds too catchy a phrase, but it does in fact describe one of this organization's enduring qualities - dedicated staff doing work to affect positive changes for conservation and the environment. These efforts range from overseeing volunteers in land restoration projects to working with public and private landowners on maintaining or opening wildlife corridors in the region.

If you're looking for a worthy group to honor with a donation, consider Sky Island Alliance.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sky Island Alliance for me is an example of training citizens to be natural historians and stewards of the natural world in the borderlands of the Southwestern US. Their data are synthesized into real-world conservation efforts that set an example to other.