About the Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment (MABA) Project

This virtual flora and fauna was created to serve as a gateway for the environmental research community, as well as the general public, to access and contribute to a growing collection of specimen records and observations. These data represent the products of MABA research expeditions as well as historic data from herbaria, museum collections, and scientific literature.

Sky Island Alliance's MABA project is a visionary initiative to catalog, protect, and restore one of the world's premier biodiversity hotspots - the Southwestern U.S. and Northwestern Mexico’s Madrean Sky Island region (Sonora, Arizona, Chihuahua, and New Mexico). MABA is committed to inventorying the wildlands and wildlife of these Sky Islands — a region of incredible biological wealth — while implementing community-based conservation, restoration and education activities that are key to the integrity of natural and human environments.

This is more than just a website - it is a virtual natural history resource that allows access to a distributed network of departments, museums, and agencies that provide species records.  The MABA database uses symbiota web tools to integrate biological data to synthesize a network of databases and tools to increase our overall environmental comprehension. Join us as a regular visitor and please send your feedback to nick@skyislandalliance.org

Our Partners

Sky Island Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the rich natural heritage of native species and habitats in the Sky Island region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. We work with volunteers, scientists, land owners, public officials, and government agencies to establish protected areas, restore healthy landscapes, and promote public appreciation of the region's unique biological diversity.

The Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet) was created to serve as a gateway to distributed data resources of interest to the environmental research community in Arizona and beyond.  Through a common web interface, SEINet offers tools to locate, access and work with a variety of data. SEINet is more than just a web site - it is a suite of data access technologies and a distributed network of departments, museums and agencies that provide environmental information.  Initially created to integrate databases within the Arizona State University, SEINet is growing to extend this network to other partners within the Southwest.

Veolia Environment Foundation supports non-profit community-oriented projects contributing to outreach, workforce development and environmental conservation, in France and internationally.  It is unique in that every project that it supports is accompanied by a sponsor, who is a Company employee, and in that it provides the expertise of employee volunteers, joined together in Veoliaforce, in the areas of emergency aid and development.

This project was initiated by Sky Island Alliance, with invaluable support from SEINet, and made financially possible by Veolia Environment Foundation.