Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Crew Resource Page 2016

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo by Dan-Pancamo

This will be our main hub for this project in July – August 2016 as we survey 10 total routes in four main SE Arizona “Sky Island” areas:

  • Santa Catalina Mountains (north of Tucson)
  • Rincon Mountains (east of Tucson)
  • Canelo Hills (west of Huachucas, east of the San Rafael Grasslands)
  • Whetstone Mountains (near Benson)
  • Huachuca Mountains (near Sierra Vista)

Tucson Audubon has been given an excellent opportunity to monitor Western Yellow-billed Cuckoos in the Sky Islands of the Coronado National Forest for a second year. This project is directly related to the recent listing of this sub-species under the Endangered Species Act. It could have real conservation outcomes, including increased Critical Habitat designated for this species! We have many areas to survey and could really use some help!

If you will be in southern Arizona through most of the summer and are a reasonably strong hiker, you are qualified to help us! You do not need advanced bird ID skills.
The following are resources that you will need as a volunteer surveyor:

Here is the link to download the official protocol in pdf format:

YBCU Survey Protocol_FINAL DRAFT_04-22-2015

You need to download this protocol and read through it – you do not need to print the whole thing but the first 20 pages are very interesting and relevant if you do want to print part of it out.

Here is the link to down load the official mp3 survey audio file.

It begins with a cuckoo call then has a minute of silence then the cuckoo call plays again with another minute of silence following – it repeats until it has played five times so it times the point count survey for you!

To download the mp3 file: right click on it and select “Save Link As”

YbCu 5 reps 1 min

Here is a link to download both data forms that you will need for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo Call Back Survey plus a checklist of all other bird species detected on the survey.


Here are some very important videos that you need to watch if you are going to be a part of these surveys. The first three are from a workshop I held in June 2015 at a local public library. This is my first attempt at making and posting videos so please excuse the poor lighting – though I think the sound is quite good. This first video talks about the project itself and why we are doing these surveys.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Workshop Video  Part 1 of 3

(There is about a minute of the beginning of this video where the image is red and an error screen – the audio continues to work though – it begins working again very soon and you are not missing anything visually while I summarize what the Important Bird Areas program is – sorry again, my first video attempt!)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Workshop Video  Part 2 of 3

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Workshop Video 3 of 3

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Data Sheets – How to Fill Them Out!

How to Use a GPS Unit or GPS App on a Smart Phone

Outdoors survey Example: How to actually conduct the survey

Dates of Surveys in 2016 – Click the name of the survey to sign up online

Survey #1

Wednesday July 6 – Whetstones (near Benson)

Thursday July 7 - Santa Catalinas/Rincons (north east of Tucson)

Tuesday July 12 -DATE CHANGE – Huachucas (near Sierra Vista)

Survey #2

Tuesday July 19 –Whetstones (near Benson)

Thursday July 21 – Santa Catalinas/Rincons (north east of Tucson)

Wednesday July 27 – Huachucas (near Sierra Vista)

Survey #3

Tuesday August 2 – Whetstones (near Benson)

Thursday August 4 – Santa Catalinas/Rincons (north east of Tucson)

Wednesday August 10 – Huachucas (near Sierra Vista)

Survey #4

Tuesday August 16 – Whetstones (near Benson)

Thursday August 18 – Santa Catalinas/Rincons (north east of Tucson)

Wednesday August 24 – Huachucas (near Sierra Vista)