Protect critical understudied habitat in Mexico

by Vetted since 2014


The Sky Island Mountain Range (Madrean Archipelago) is a series of unique ecosystems that range from New Mexico and Arizona to Mexico - drastically understudied and undiscovered in Sonora, Mexico. Madrean Discovery Expeditions, a program of, pioneers critical research, education, and conservation in this global biodiversity hotspot.

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The Sky Island Mountain Range ecosystems in Mexico are vastly understudied. These rich habitats are home to a tremendous diversity of local and transient species, including half the bird species of North America, more than a hundred mammals ranging from elusive jaguars to endangered bats, and turtles, butterflies, lizards, and more. We must understand the complexities of the Sky Island ecosystems in order to protect them.


Madrean Discovery Expeditions bring together an incredibly qualified, multinational group of scientists, students, policy professionals, driving discovery at an incredible pace. This information is then stored in an open-source database for the world to share, study, and use to preserve these unique ecosystems forever. In between the expeditions, our team goes to local schools to teach, inspire, and engage students and teachers alike in their local ecosystems.

Long-Term Impact

Since 2009, there have been 13 major expeditions. With your help, we can continue this tradition and ensure that we protect our Sky Island ecosystems and drive conservation, education, and research.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Madrean Discovery Expedition Database

Organization Information

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: https:/​/​
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Twitter: @GreaterGoodorg
Project Leader:
Claire Kaufman
Seattle, WA United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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