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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 only one that qualified as Global for three different species. The highest profile bird that …

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Piles of Purple Martins on the Lower San Pedro

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 think I once saw a really cool one for sale in Sky Mall. For most …

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Eastern “Azure” Bluebird Blitz a Success!

Azure Bluebirds showing breeding behavior very late in the season by Richard Thompson

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 background here in SE Arizona. The population here in some of our SE AZ “sky …

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eBird Blitz of the Rincon, Catalina and Tucson Mountains

Tucson Sky Islands and Sonoran Uplands Proposed IBA - ownership

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 working to get this area recognized as an Important Bird Area and we need your …

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

Elegant Trogon in Madera Canyon by Marcel Holyoak

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, Arizona IBA and Tucson Audubon are partnering up with this effort and expanding the search …

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Willcox Playa/Cochise Lakes Global IBA Dedication

ribbon cutting ceremony

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 singled out for the huge numbers of Sandhill Cranes that spend their winters here every …

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Memorial Day Weekend IBA Bird Bonanza!

Lower San Pedro through the desert

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 of the beautiful saguaro uplands habitat adjacent to the Lower San Pedro River IBA on …

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Chiricahua Mountains IBA Survey Expedition

Spiney Lizard using burned tree 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 Mexican Spotted Owls, this is a Global IBA, one of eight in the state. The …

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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 southeastern Arizona is not often visited by birders. What a shame, for this beautiful area …

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IBAs now available in eBird output tools

Sabino Canyon

From 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 States, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and the Caribbean are now visible for eBird output. This …

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