Feb 27, 2014 Thursday Buenos Aires NWR – This will be a fun half day driving survey focusing on grassland species, especially sparrows and raptors. We are partnering with the Student Conservation Association and college students will be helping and learning as we go. We are meeting early at the Brown Canyon turnoff. I need a few more people for this survey!
March 5-7, 2014 Wed-Friday Cabeza Prieta NWR – We will be camping in Cabeza Prieta for two nights and surveying Arizona’s largest IBA with the hope of finding enough Gilded Flickers to qualify this area as a Continental IBA. This is a largely underbirded area that has majestic scenery and great birds and we will be working with USFWS to make sure the group is base camped in a safe area. This is a great opportunity to see this area safely with a group. This is another survey where we are partnering with Student Conservation Association.
March 15-16, 2014 Saturday-Sunday Tucson Festival of Books – We will once again be set up in the Science City in the Natural World tent promoting birding and citizen science opportunities in birding. We have teamed up with two wildlife rehabbers and will have live birds at our booth. If you are interested in helping to man the table and talk to folks about birds please let Jennie know. Tucson Audubon will also have a shop tent selling books etc. set up near the National Parks pavilion and we are offering a raffle prize for folks who visit both tents.
March 21, 2014 Friday Gilded Flicker Blitz of Saguaro National Park – This is the first time we are doing a survey like this near Tucson focused on a single species. This is a bird of high interest for the Arizona IBA program. We will be a half day of surveying along roads and trails in the morning and this species should be more conspicuous than usual this time of year.
May 13, 2014 Tuesday Elf Owl Blitz of Saguaro National Park – This is the first time we are doing a survey like this near Tucson! This is a species of interest to the IBA program and we would like to see how many we can detect in one night in both the Tucson Mountain district and Rincon Mountain district of this national park. It will be point count method along roads/trails through the park and we will be playing Elf Owl recordings from speakers to get them to call back. The timing of this survey is to match a bright moon which should increase the amount of activity from these little owls.
Elegant Trogon Surveys
Once again the Arizona IBA program is teaming up with Rick Taylor to conduct a census of breeding Elegant Trogons in SE Arizona. We are counting in 4 Sky Islands and one lower area. Each person/team will be assigned an area and have a few hours of staying put and listening for barking Trogons and then will be able to wander over their route in search of them. This is great fun and we have spread the dates out a little more than last year.
May 17 Saturday – Atascosa Highlands Elegant Trogon Survey
May 24 Saturday – Santa Rita Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey
May 25 Sunday – Patagonia Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey
May 31 Saturday – Huachuca Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey
June 1 Sunday – Chiricahua Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey
Please note that I am in the process of scheduling the Lower San Pedro surveys near San Manuel for April-July and we will be doing 3 Migration surveys near the river, 3 Nocturnal/nightjar surveys and 3 Yellow-billed Cuckoo call-back surveys. We will also be helping with a Desert Purple Martin study and there may be chances to help with capturing and attaching transmitters to track their migration route which is largely unknown. I will have these dates very soon and will let you all know.
If you would like any more information on any of these surveys or are interested in signing up for any of these, please email Jennie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jennie at 520-209-1804
Audubon Launches Multistate Grassroots Network to Protect Rivers
Join the Effort to Save Critical Habitat for Birds and Other Wildlife
Audubon is taking a major step to address threats to rivers in the arid west, launching the Western Rivers Action Network, a multistate grassroots coalition to advocate for rivers and the birds and other wildlife that depend on them.
To find out how you can help restore and protect our rivers and to be invited to our upcoming advocacy workshops in Tucson and Phoenix, sign on at http://az.audubon.org/rivers-and-water-0
The Colorado River and its tributaries provide water for tens of millions of people, including twenty-two Native American tribes and the populations of Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque and Tucson. In Arizona, millions of migrating birds representing over 250 species depend on these waterways for their survival. Over 100 species, including the Southwest Willow Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo and Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, breed in Arizona’s riparian forests. Some 80% of Arizona’s vertebrates spend some portion of their life cycle in riparian areas. Many of these species are now threatened or endangered.
Years of drought, invasive species, over-allocation and unsustainable management have resulted in loss of riparian habitat and significantly reduced flows. Audubon’s Western Rivers Action Network will work across the intermountain west to raise awareness of threats to rivers, promote conservation actions to increase flows and improve habitat, and advocate for sensible water management policies that benefit communities and wildlife.
Check out the online interactive National IBA map here
Upcoming IBA Events for the New Year 2013!
Checkout our new booklet on Arizona’s Important Bird Areas. This booklet features each of Arizona’s 42 IBAs with information on how to best visit each IBA, site information, the birds that make each area special and conservation issues that each IBA is facing.
A PDF of the booklet suitable for online viewing here
If you have comments and edits for this second draft booklet, you can download this PDF file and make corrections/suggestions right in the PDF. If you could then add your name to the end of the file name and send it to email@example.com and we will make those changes. Thank you so much for helping us to make this booklet the best it can be!
The Arizona Important Bird Areas Program is co-administered by:
Audubon Arizona (Tice Supplee, Director of Bird Conservation) and Tucson Audubon Society (Jennie MacFarland, AZ IBA Program Conservation Biologist).
The Arizona IBA Program, Avian Science Initiative is led by the Arizona IBA Program at Tucson Audubon Society. This website and the AZ IBA Bird Survey Database linked within it are administered by Tucson Audubon Society.
To participate in science-based IBA bird surveys managed by Audubon’s IBA Program in Arizona, including surveys at potential IBAs, existing IBAs, or at sites of interest to Audubon chapters in AZ, please contact Jennie MacFarland, AZ IBA Program Conservation Biologist at Tucson Audubon Society (520) 209-1804.
To inquire about the AZ IBA Program in general, including the IBA nomination and review process, the AZ IBA Science Committee, IBAs identified to date, and IBA recognition & publicity, as well as Audubon state policy issues, please contact Tice Supplee, Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon Arizona (620) 468-6470 x106.
Additionally, both IBA Program offices in Arizona work on issues and specific projects for the conservation of Important Bird Areas in Arizona . The IBA Program works with people to promote win-win-win objectives for people, wildlife, communities, and sustainable economies.
The AZ IBA Program also works in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (through the Arizona Bird Conservation Initiative), the Sonoran Joint Venture, the Intermountain West Joint Venture, Arizona State Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, BLM, land trusts, and various non-governmental organizations, colleges, and universities.
- Hummingbird Monitoring Network – This organization primarily uses volunteer hummingbird banders, data recorders and trappers to track movements and abundance of hummingbirds. There are several trapping sites within or very near Important Bird Areas. The sites in southern Arizona are: Sabino Canyon, Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, Florida Canyon (Santa Ritas), Harshaw Creek (Patagonia), Garden Canyon (Huachuca Mountains), Ft Huachuca Public Affairs Office, Mt Lemmon, El Coronado Ranch (Turkey Canyon, Chiricahua Mtns), George Walker House (Paradise, Chiricahua Mtns), South Western Research Station (Chiricahua Mtns). Information about how you can volunteer with the HMN can be found at www.hummonnet.org and information about the Sabino Canyon site specifically can be found at www.humbander.net