What is Resilience?

A resilient system will keep working, and even positively adapt, when faced with immediate shocks or long-term stressors. Nearly a year into this pandemic and my only regular outings are to the trailhead… MORE ›

Capturing our Annual Fish Survey

On November 13, Sonoran Institute coordinated the annual fish survey at four locations along the Santa Cruz to determine which species are currently in the river. This multi-partner effort included staff from Arizona… MORE ›

Helping Gila Topminnow Swim Home

In 2015, we found about a dozen endangered Gila topminnow in the Santa Cruz River near Tubac. If you had told me then, that in 2020 I would help catch hundreds of the… MORE ›

An Update From Our CEO

A Clear Mandate for Nature More people voted in this year’s election than the last 100 years. Now is the time to hold elected officials accountable for promises to conserve Nature. The 2020… MORE ›

Flowing water in Denver, Colorado
Planning for an Uncertain Future around Water

In the arid West, there is much uncertainty around water. Falling water supplies. Growing cities and towns. Competing needs of farmers, cities, and tribes. Having enough water for wildlife.   These factors underscore that we live in a world rife with uncertainty—who would have guessed we… MORE ›

An Update From Our CEO

Community-based Conservation & Magic Canoes One of the bedrocks of the Sonoran Institute is its dedication to collaboration. Not just any collaboration. True collaboration where we achieve goals together that we could never… MORE ›

The River Gave us Life

An interview with Antonia Torres, Cucapah The Colorado River Delta is home to many diverse groups of people. With many stories to tell about the rich cultures and environment here in the Delta,… MORE ›

Stephanie Sklar
An Update From Our CEO

Sustaining the Legacy of Conservation Nearly 6 years ago, I had the extraordinary opportunity to accept the position of CEO of the Sonoran Institute. I had been very familiar with the Sonoran Institute… MORE ›

Statement From Our CEO and Board Chair

Sonoran Institute stands in solidarity with the Black community. The killing of Black Americans is wrong. Systemic racism must be dismantled. Black Lives Matter. We condemn the continued racial incidents targeting Black Americans… MORE ›

Delta Fieldwork Under COVID-19

March, April, and now May of 2020 have brought many changes with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re staying resilient throughout the Colorado River basin. Let’s learn how our staff in the Colorado River Delta are adapting to continue to care for Laguna… MORE ›

Stephanie Sklar
An Update From Our CEO

I will be retiring on August 1, 2020. To me, there would never be a perfect moment to retire, because our rivers, water supplies, lands and communities living in the North American West continue to require action.

A Bridge Without Its River

It would be an easy site to miss, compared to nearby attractions like the de Anza Trail and the Santa Cruz River, but this cement ruin means something more to Diana. It was once a pedestrian bridge that spanned the wide Santa Cruz River, and Diana used to walk across this bridge to visit her grandmother on the other side. The bridge has been partially removed and is now almost completely forgotten; the river is no longer wide enough to need it.