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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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Apr
02
2013

Elegant Trogon Surveys, bigger than ever before! Now 4 Sky Islands!

June 1-2 and June 8-9. Many of you may have heard of (or even helped with!) the annual Elegant Trogon Census in the Chiricahua Mountains and Huachuca Mountains organized by Huchuca Audubon and Rick Taylor of Borderland Tours. This year, …

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Feb
12
2013

Willcox Playa/Cochise Lakes Global IBA Dedication

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Willcox Playa/Cochise Lakes Important Bird Area (IBA) was awarded Global IBA status recently and on January 17, 2013 the community came together to celebrate this large IBA. There are only eight Global level IBAs in Arizona and this one was …

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Oct
12
2012

Chiricahua Mountains IBA Survey Expedition

Hummingbirds at Southwest Research Station Chiricahua Mountains

The weekend of September 7-9, 2012 the Important Bird Area crew headed to the Chiricahua Mountains to survey this famous birding area. This area became an IBA early in the program and due to this area’s good numbers of nesting …

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Jul
17
2012

Pinaleno Mountains IBA Expedition

The intrepid IBA crew headed out to the little birded Pinaleno Mountains (Mt. Graham) May 18-20. The IBA crew surveyed this sky island for the first time after some research on eBird made it apparent that the tallest mountain in …

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Jun
19
2012

Memorial Day Weekend IBA Bird Bonanza!

This past Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for the Important Bird Area (IBA) crew. In three days we surveyed in three different IBAs in three different habitats with three different target species. The weekend started with a survey …

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Jun
13
2012

IBAs now available in eBird output tools

From ebird.org June 12, 2012 Swainson’s Thrush at Glacier National Park, one of Montana’s IBAs now available in eBird. Photograph by Brian Sullivan. It is with much excitement that Team eBird announces that Important Bird Areas (IBAs) for the United …

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