Here are the different pages with protocols, data sheets and other information on the various surveys the Arizona IBA program does with the help of dedicated and skilled volunteers.
Pinyon Jay Community Science Project
The Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus) is an iconic bird of the intermountain west and was once common throughout the Pinyon-Juniper woodlands of northern Arizona and New Mexico, southern Utah, and portions of Nevada and Colorado. This colonial species’ diet is comprised largely of Pinyon Pine nuts and the species can be quite nomadic in pursuit of this favored food. Long term drought, climate change, and habitat conversions have resulted in astonishing Pinyon Jay population declines. From 1967–2015, populations fell by 3.69% annually for an estimated total loss of 83.5%
Northern Arizona Audubon and Audubon Southwest have partnered with Great Basin Bird Observatory to establish a community science survey program for Pinyon Jay and pinyon pine cone crops. Learn more and volunteer by Click Here
How to help:
You don’t have to be an expert birder to help. Sign-up here! Community scientists play a critical role in gathering crucial data on a scale not otherwise possible! Join Audubon in-person or virtually for an orientation to Pinyon Jays and to a simple protocol. We have a spectrum of engagement opportunities from birding in your neighborhood to visiting a pre-defined survey block.