February 2012 archive

New IBA Surveyors Trained in Yuma and Side Trip to the Twilight Zone!

The official center of the world! They tell you to stand on it and make a wish! ( I totally did it!)

By Jennie MacFarland, Arizona IBA Conservation Biologist           The very first training workshop for volunteer IBA surveyors in Yuma was held February 15, 2012. The recent interest from the members of the Yuma Audubon Society to become IBA surveyors was especially exciting as there are several IBAs right in their area that need surveying. Both …

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San Rafael IBA Survey a Great Success!

Northern Harrier male

By Jennie MacFarland, AZ IBA Conservation Biologist Saturday February 11th dawned cold and clear over the San Rafael Valley as a caravan of cars came over the crest and into the valley. The Arizona Important Bird Area crew of 19 surveyors arrived in the San Rafael Valley IBA just as the sky was beginning to …

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Celebrate Tumamoc!

Mike Rosenzweig at Tumamoc event

By Jennie MacFarland, Arizona Important Bird Area Conservation Biologist During the last two weekends in January 2012, an amazing event was taking place on Tumamoc Hill in Tucson. This hill is wildly popular as a challenging walk for those looking for a workout, but there is much more to this hill than many realize. The …

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