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.
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!
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.
I grew up in the region of the sky Islands and I love its landscapes and wildlife. I have seen pumas, bears, owls, eagles, beavers and many other animals in the mountains and valleys around the region and want that my children and my descendants can see what I have seen in the field. Conservation and restoration work done by Sky Island Alliance has been great. In Northeastern Sonora in Mexico, there are few organizations that promote conservation of natural resources, SIA is one of them. Actions not words ...
I have been a volunteer for Sky Island Alliance since 2002. Over this time I have seen SIA become increasingly effective in protecting and restoring the wildlife and wild lands of the Sky Island region, both in the U. S. and Mexico. A dedicated staff with the help of many volunteers and donors, and in partnership with numerous nonprofit and government organizations works tirelessly for conservation in the Sky Islands.
Sky Island Alliance does amazing work protecting and restoring the wildlife and wild lands of the Sky Island region. It is the only organization dedicated to conservation across the entire Sky Island landscape, including both the US and Mexico.
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.
"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.
Sky Island Alliance fills a really unique niche in the region - a bi-national conservation effort that combines the best conservation science with outstanding on-the-ground restoration work. On any given weekend you can join dedicated staff and volunteers in fieldwork to help restore portions of our unique landscapes and learn about our region's natural history. As an organization committed to the power of partnerships, SIA works with land managers of all stripes - ranchers and communities, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations on both sides of the border. Join in - volunteer, donate, educate yourself about this important work!
This group, Sky Island Alliance, is studying climate changes on the ground, starting with water. Not too surprising in the desert. But, knowing how facts about seeps and springs are changing is almost as important as knowing how to reverse it. One must study any aspect of life on earth to know what it means, and what the future could be like, and also know if there are changes one direction to the other. Sky Island is studying and working to know our environment for the health of our Sky Island area so that the animals and the humans have a better place to live and benefit from in all ways.
This group of conservation oriented people works by bringing international scientists and citizens together to discover the wildlands of the Sonoran Desert. It does work with developers, ranchers, interested citizen trackers, re-establishing water courses, advising road planners about crossings and wildlife tracks to surrounding mountains and much much more. Because the Sonoran Desert knows no barrier walls or fences we deal with the lovers of the desert from both sides of the international border and the animals that traverse the geography in the area.
The "sky islands" are sources of genetic diversity that all the inhabitants need to visit in order to maintain their species. This occurs across the Sonoran Desert and therefore human interruptions of the acreage is important and crucial. Repair and knowledge of the area is very important to all inhabitants. Groups such as the Sky Island Alliance are quietly protecting, teaching and repairing as much as they can as fast as they can.
Sky Island's stated objective of preserving wildife corridors is matched by its physical presence in the field. Staff members and volunteers effectively demonstrate how a dedicated group can make a difference, not only on this side of the border, but in Northern Sonora as well where cooperative programs are being implemented and accepted.
The Sky Islands Alliance (SIA) is a major player in the conservation of some of the most important ecosystem services providers of northwestern Mexico and southwestern USA. The persistence of the ecosystems in mountains sorrounded by a desert sea, not only assures the maintenance of biodiversity and human culture, but guarentees the most important commodity of desertlands: water. Throughout its work, SIA has promoted research, conservation, management and sustainable use of these unique ecosystems for now 20 years. SIA has influenced my academic work and has steered the way I perceive research and conservation to such degree that I have ended writing research papers directly isnpired by its activieties. Its involvement with research scientists as well as with the inhabitants of remote ranches up in the mountains truly reflects SIA's mission of working across a transversal section of the society to achieve conservation, restoration and sensible development of the region ecosystems.