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Dec
02
2016

Lower San Pedro Trip, May 17-20, 2016

Trip report by Craig Anderson for his Arizona IBA Big Year. Volumes of Vermilions This report must start with a GREAT BIG “Thank You” to Celeste Andersen, Nature Conservancy Manager of the 7B Ranch near Mammoth and also her Supervisor …

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Dec
02
2016

Elk, Birds and Bears – The Mogollon Rim Snowmelt Draws IBA, May 9-15, 2016

Trip report by Craig Anderson for his Arizona IBA Big Year. The bottom line: the snowmelt draws along the Mogollon Rim are well-worth adding to your high-priority birding locations. Allow yourself two to three days to be in the area. …

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Nov
14
2016

Sonoran Borderlands & Lower Colorado River IBAs Trip Report

Trip report by Craig Anderson for his Arizona IBA Big Year. Spectacular vistas, sunsets, the Streakbacked Oriole, and thousands of swirling tree swallows made this tour memorable. I now have traveled over 1,300 miles to visit seven Arizona Important Bird Areas and they have exceeded …

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Nov
14
2016

Joshua Tree IBA Trip Report

Photo by Jennie MacFarland

Trip report by Craig Anderson for his Arizona IBA Big Year. If solitude and serenity are what you are seeking for your next birding adventure, Joshua Tree IBA (one of  Arizona’s newest important Bird Areas) is definitely a trip for you! …

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Jun
27
2016

Craig’s Big Year Birdathon in AZ IBAs

Mogollon Rim with aspens turning yellow

2016 is Craig’s Big Year! Veteran Arizona birder and Audubon Arizona volunteer “Bird Nerd” Craig Anderson hits the road to visit as many of Arizona’s 46 Important Bird Areas – and see as many species of birds – as possible …

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Mar
23
2016

Searching for Cuckoos on the Coronado National Forest

western Yellow-billed Cuckoo by HarmonyPlanetEarth

by Olya Phillips, Bird Survey Assistant at Tucson Audubon and University of Arizona student I am a University of Arizona student majoring in Wildlife Conservation and Management. After I took an ornithology class, I fell in love with birds. Before, …

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Sep
16
2014

Grand Canyon National Park Dedicated as Global Important Bird Area

By Jennie MacFarland, Tucson Audubon Conservation Biologist On September 13, 2014 the Grand Canyon National Park was officially dedicated as an Important Bird Area of Global Significance. This IBA is only one of fourteen Global IBAs in Arizona and the …

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Sep
16
2014

Piles of Purple Martins on the Lower San Pedro

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By Jennie MacFarland, Arizona IBA Program Biologist, Tucson Audubon As someone who lives in Tucson, how much do you really think about Purple Martins? Purple Martins are those birds who live in big white apartment style bird houses right? I …

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Oct
28
2013

Eastern “Azure” Bluebird Blitz a Success!

Male Azure Bluebird by Lois Manowitz

For the first time the Arizona IBA program held an “all bluebird” survey of an area we have surveyed quite a bit, the Patagonia Mountains on Saturday October 26, 2013. Our target bird, the charming Eastern Bluebird, has an interesting …

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May
01
2013

eBird Blitz of the Rincon, Catalina and Tucson Mountains

Catalina Mountains by Jennie MacFarland

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 …

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