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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Vanessa37

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Tucson native and lover of the outdoors, Sky Island Alliance is my absolute favorite local non-profit. The advocacy and collaborative nature of the work they do is so key to the diversity and beauty of our natural spaces.
I first became involved in 2015, through a friend's recommendation. This year, we have tripled our giving and become regular monthly donors. And I am now on the Board, and getting involved in some committee work.
Our family is also looking to adopt a Spring soon. Can't wait to see what Sky Island accomplishes in their next 25 years!

1 Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

The work of Sky Island Alliance is unlike any other organization in the region! They are building strong partnerships, preserving wild places, protecting our region's precious water resources...and always having a lot of fun doing it!

If you have money, donate. If you have time, volunteer. If you have a voice, tell your friends about this great group!

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel extremely proud to be involved in the conservation of the Sky Island Region as a staff member with SIA. We are able to achieve all we can in habitat restoration, wildlife connectivity, climate change adaptation study and more because we have the support of so many equally passionate volunteers and conservation partners in the U.S. as well as in northern Mexico.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sky Island Alliance is a wonderful grassroots organization. They do great work restoring habitat, conducting important field surveys, advocating for the Sky Islands and raising awareness of the importance of plants, animals & the environment to our well being. One of their best features is how they involve members in all of the work they do. Keep up the great work! Paula H.

JessicaMoreno

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and monthly donor, and full disclosure, also have had the honor of working for Sky Island Alliance for eight years! From wilderness to wildlife linkages and communications and development, I've watched this organization grow as I have grown in my many roles here. Although our budget and staff are small, we have a powerful impact in conserving the Sky Islands, and I am extremely proud of our work and our volunteers and supporters. What a fun, passionate group! Together we can get anything done - and we have! I give to only a few organizations, and this one remains on my list, and will for many years to come. The organization has seen many changes in the past year, and now we are poised for some really exciting and great things... there is no better place to give your time and money right now!

1 parawatchdogs

Donor

Rating: 5

Sky Island Alliance is amazing! I was initially impressed with their conservation work in southern Arizona from stories and articles that I had heard and read. When I was about to jump into volunteer work with them--I found my own small community in need. My attention shifted toward my home, but --lo and behold-- SIA recognized my community's need as well. I soon found myself working side by side with SIA's amazing group of dedicated people.
I am grateful for all the work that Sky Island Alliance does in our region to protect and preserve the sky islands--and especially grateful for all the work they've done and continue to do in the little corner of the Patagonia Mountains that I call home!

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Donor

Rating: 5

SIA has been organizing, teaching, encouraging local participation for the preservation of this incredible biodiversity that we call the Sonoran Desert. Who else goes out there and builds ladders in the cattle water tanks so that the frogs and other little water seekers can get in and get out safely!
These people DO! I give them triple Hip Hip Hoorays and five stars!
The scope of their mission crosses the national borders of USA and Mexico! Not always a savory endeavor in these times of border tragedies. However, I have faith that they will be the ones to succeed!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I know of no other grassroots organization who does so much to nurture the preservation, awareness, restoration, advocacy of cherished places. Their "place" is the sky island region of southwest Arizona and I have been supporting them for years. They put together tremendous volunteer outings with outstanding hands-on accomplishments, they reach out to the neighboring sky islands south of the border, they have raised an awareness of jaguars and are a strong voice of advocacy on their behalf, they work to preserve, protect, restore the land, as well as raise awareness of the greater need for conservation efforts in the area. This is one of the best action-oriented, boots on the ground, passionate and community minded groups I've ever encountered!

1 Murray B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Arizona's borderlands with Mexico are at tremendous risk due to fragmentation of lands, wasteful unneeded strip mining, water depletion, and degradation of landscapes by traffic from border patrol vehicles, migrants, and border criminals. Plus, global climate disruption is degrading the biome habitats of the various elevations of the Sky Islands. All the while there continues to be important evidence of successful struggles of remnant megafauna populations such as the ocelot and even the jaguar in the USA. Sky Island Alliance works tirelessly to protect, preserve, and restore the natural world of the borderlands. As a borderlands art & heritage photographer, I've worked with this group since 2004 in various ways, supporting it as I can. Without this group, the Sky Islands would be in much more dire circumstances.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sky Island Alliance is an amazing local/regional conservation organization undertaking important work that other groups are not, working collaboratively with partners in two countries and four states. SIA does a lot of critical work with not a lot of funding; they do a superb job of effectively applying donor dollars to ensure change on the ground and movement forward.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sky Island Alliance is unique in this region in its ability to put boots on the ground and exact real change on the landscape, in policy and education. I am constantly impressed with their ability to respond to emergent issues and keep donors/members informed about what's going on and how we can plug in to make a real difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned of Sky Island Alliance when I visited Southern Arizona 7 years ago. Several SIA staffers worked on a mountain lion track count project at Saguaro National Park for which I was volunteering. I was impressed by their knowledge, vision and passion for the Sky Islands -- and also by their very "doable" plan for preserving the area with the help of the community. I live on the East Coast, but I continue to support the SIA and the work they're doing to keep the unique and biologically diverse Sky Islands area healthy.

1 Ken B.

Donor

Rating: 5

The mountains of Southern Arizona are a unique ecology, differing from the dry valley floor. The Sky Island Alliance multiplies the impact of various agencies working to protect the birds, animals and plants in the mountains. Cooperation in education, advocacy and research is a way to maximize the work of all.