Grand Canyon Global IBA Dedication – Date to be determined
** Due to the Fed Gov shutdown, this event was canceled and will be rescheduled. As soon as the new date is established, it will posted here**
The National Park Service and the Arizona Important Bird Area Program will be celebrating this wondrous area that was very recently elevated to a globally significant Important Bird Area. This celebration will be held in conjunction with Hawk Watch International’s fall migration surveys (public welcome to watch and help!) and monitoring of the critically endangered California Condor. Please consider joining us on the south rim of the Grand Canyon at Yaki Point (within walking distance of the main visitors center parking lot) at 4pm for the IBA dedication, the other activities including a bird walk will take place earlier in the day.
eBird Blitz of the Rincons, Catalinas and Tucson Mountains – Birders needed!!
We are trying to make a new Important Bird Area around Tucson and need your help! The Sky Islands around Tucson and the excellent Sonoran Desert the connect them are excellent habitats for our native birds. The Arizona IBA Program is working to get this area recognized as an Important Bird Area and we need your help gathering data.
How this works is simple! Starting April 22 (Earth Day) and ending May 31 we need birders to visit these areas of interest and enter what they see into eBird.org and then share their list with the username ArizonaIBA (no space!). Your observations will then be used as direct data for the IBA nomination.
***It is also extremely helpful to share any existing eBird lists you may have in your account from the past in these areas with the ArizonaIBA username.***
For more information please checkout the full blog post here
Awesome CBC in Mexico Opportunity! There are a few people already committed from Tucson so there are carpooling opportunities.
Alamos: December 14
The Alamos count encompasses many of the best birding areas around Alamos. Over the years, we’ve had many renowned birders join us for this count and we hope that this year is the same…or better!
For more information, contact David MacKay email@example.com
Reserva Monte Mojino (ReMM): December 16
This is surely the most remote and logistically challenging CBC in the world…but what an adventure it is! We have a great team that helps organize the ReMM count and we make it doable for birders of all levels. If you are planning to do this count, know that we go out to ReMM on the 15th, do the count on the 16th and return to Alamos on the 17th. This is a great opportunity to get out in the backcountry of the Sierra Madre and to support this very worthy conservation project.
For more information, contact Suzanne Winckler firstname.lastname@example.org
Navopatia: December 21
Our friends out at the coast run a great operation and participating in this count gives you the opportunity to visit the unique Navopatia Field Station and bird the various habitats at the edge of the magnificent Agiabampo Estuary. We encourage participants to stay in Navopatia the night before the count. As with the other two counts, everything is super organized to make it easy for all!
For more information, contact Adam Hannuksela email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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