Welcome to Audubon’s Arizona Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program!

2015 Spring/Summer Bird Survey Schedule

Each survey is a link that will take you to an online system where you can sign up for that survey. This is a service of Tucson Audubon and if you already have an account just sign in, if not it will give you the option to create a free account.

May 3, 2015 – Sunday – Elf Owl Surveys on east side of Tucson (timed to the full moon)Elf Owl 0081 rnb 8092_jpg

This is an extension of the surveys we did last year as part of the proposal process for two new Important Bird Areas in the Tucson Area. These surveys will take place in the Catalina Mountains, Saguaro Park east and Reddington Pass. Expected time: 6:30 pm to 9:30pm

May 4, 2015 – Monday – Elf Owl Surveys on west side of Tucson (timed to the full moon)

This is an extension of the surveys we did last year as part of the proposal process for two new Important Bird Areas in the Tucson Area. These surveys will take place in Tucson Mountain Park, Saguaro Park west and the Tortillita Mountains. Expected time: 6:30 pm to 9:30pm

May 11, 2015 – Monday – Rincon Mountains Bird Blitz (date may change slightly)

As part of the process to get this area listed as a new Tucson area Important Bird Area we will be doing a blitz of the Rincon Mountains and recording all species we find. Most of these routes will involve hiking so most participants need to be prepared for the physical demands of this survey.

Elegant Trogon Surveys:Elegant Trogon

Once again the Arizona IBA program is teaming up with Rick Taylor to conduct a census of breeding Elegant Trogons in SE Arizona. We are counting in 4 Sky Islands and one lower area. Each person/team will be assigned an area and have a few hours of staying put and listening for barking Trogons and then will be able to wander over their route in search of them. This is great fun and we have spread the dates out a little more than last year.

May 16 – Saturday – Atasacosa Highlands Elegant Trogon Survey

May 23 – Saturday – Santa Rita Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey

May 24 – Sunday – Patagonia Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey

May 30 – Saturday – Huachuca Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey

May 31 – Sunday – Chiricahua Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey

Chiricahua Mountains Survey Expeditions

Chiricahua Mountians South Fork

South Fork (M Griffiths)

This Global level Important Bird Area is a top priority for the program for monitoring in the state. The Horseshoe II fire of a few years ago altered this habitat and monitoring the birds here is very important. These will be very fun group camping expeditions in established campgrounds with facilities. This is part of the larger Birds Beyond Borders international cooperative IBA project.

May 19-21 Chiricahua Mountains Survey for spring migration/spring breeders

August 7-9 Chiricahua Mountains Survey for Summer breeding and monsoon birds

September 11-13 Chiricahua Mountains Survey for fall migration

 IBA Survey – Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey TRAINING in Phoenix June 25-26

Yellow-billed Cuckoo by Steve Baranoff

Yellow-billed Cuckoo by Steve Baranoff

Would You Like to Join the IBA Volunteer Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Crew?

 

The Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo was listed in 2014 as a “Threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act. This makes surveying them and monitoring their populations a top priority but it also means that one needs special training and permits to conduct these surveys. We are looking for some dedicated volunteers who are willing to sit through a two day training so as to be able to survey areas in SE Arizona starting in June. These are fun surveys and an excellent chance to see a Yellow-billed Cuckoo up close. If interested in attending the workshop June 25-26 in Phoenix – if precedent holds the workshop should be free for volunteers.

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Audubon Launches Multistate Grassroots Network to Protect Rivers

Join the Effort to Save Critical Habitat for Birds and Other Wildlife

Audubon is taking a major step to address threats to rivers in the arid west, launching the Western Rivers Action Network, a multistate grassroots coalition to advocate for rivers and the birds and other wildlife that depend on them.

To find out how you can help restore and protect our rivers and to be invited to our upcoming advocacy workshops in Tucson and Phoenix, sign on at http://az.audubon.org/rivers-and-water-0

The Colorado River and its tributaries provide water for tens of millions of people, including twenty-two Native American tribes and the populations of Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque and Tucson. In Arizona, millions of migrating birds representing over 250 species depend on these waterways for their survival. Over 100 species, including the Southwest Willow Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo and Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, breed in Arizona’s riparian forests. Some 80% of Arizona’s vertebrates spend some portion of their life cycle in riparian areas. Many of these species are now threatened or endangered.

Years of drought, invasive species, over-allocation and unsustainable management have resulted in loss of riparian habitat and significantly reduced flows. Audubon’s Western Rivers Action Network will work across the intermountain west to raise awareness of threats to rivers, promote conservation actions to increase flows and improve habitat, and advocate for sensible water management policies that benefit communities and wildlife.

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Check out the online interactive National IBA map here

Take the IBA volunteer/participant survey here and let us know what you think!

 

Checkout our new booklet on Arizona’s Important Bird Areas. This booklet features each of Arizona’s 42 IBAs with information on how to best visit each IBA, site information, the birds that make each area special and conservation issues that each IBA is facing.

A PDF of the booklet suitable for online viewing here

If you have comments and edits for this second draft booklet, you can download this PDF file and make corrections/suggestions right in the PDF. If you could then add your name to the end of the file name and send it to jmacfarland@tucsonaudubon.org and we will make those changes. Thank you so much for helping us to make this booklet the best it can be!

The Arizona Important Bird Areas Program is co-administered by:
Audubon Arizona (Tice Supplee, Director of Bird Conservation) and Tucson Audubon Society (Jennie MacFarland, AZ IBA Program Conservation Biologist).

The Arizona IBA Program, Avian Science Initiative is led by the Arizona IBA Program at Tucson Audubon Society. This website and the AZ IBA Bird Survey Database linked within it are administered by Tucson Audubon Society.

To participate in science-based IBA bird surveys managed by Audubon’s IBA Program in Arizona, including surveys at potential IBAs, existing IBAs, or at sites of interest to Audubon chapters in AZ, please contact Jennie MacFarland, AZ IBA Program Conservation Biologist at Tucson Audubon Society (520) 209-1804.

To inquire about the AZ IBA Program in general, including the IBA nomination and review process, the AZ IBA Science Committee, IBAs identified to date, and IBA recognition & publicity, as well as Audubon state policy issues, please contact Tice Supplee, Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon Arizona (620) 468-6470 x106.

Additionally, both IBA Program offices in Arizona work on issues and specific projects for the conservation of Important Bird Areas in Arizona . The IBA Program works with people to promote win-win-win objectives for people, wildlife, communities, and sustainable economies.

The AZ IBA Program also works in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (through the Arizona Bird Conservation Initiative), the Sonoran Joint Venture, the Intermountain West Joint Venture, Arizona State Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, BLM, land trusts, and various non-governmental organizations, colleges, and universities.

Other Citizen Science and Birding Opportunities:

  • Hummingbird Monitoring Network – This organization primarily uses volunteer hummingbird banders, data recorders and trappers to track movements and abundance of hummingbirds. There are several trapping sites within or very near Important Bird Areas. The sites in southern Arizona are: Sabino Canyon, Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, Florida Canyon (Santa Ritas), Harshaw Creek (Patagonia), Garden Canyon (Huachuca Mountains), Ft Huachuca Public Affairs Office, Mt Lemmon, El Coronado Ranch (Turkey Canyon, Chiricahua Mtns), George Walker House (Paradise, Chiricahua Mtns), South Western Research Station (Chiricahua Mtns). Information about how you can volunteer with the HMN can be found at www.hummonnet.org and information about the Sabino Canyon site specifically can be found at www.humbander.net

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