[From the AZNMbirds listserv and RBA hotline 23 Feb 2015: Sinaloa Wren continues]
Update August 28!!
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
The Huachuca Canyon *SINALOA WREN, which had been absent since early May, was
reported again this week and through 8/25 (m.ob.). Look for it along the
stream at the picnic areas (“camps”) at the first bridge the road crosses in
Registration is Now Open for AZFO’s 9th Annual Meeting
18-20 September in Show Low, AZ
AZFO is going to the White Mountains! Plan to join your fellow birders and ornithologists in the cool pines of Show Low for the 9th Annual AZFO state meeting 18-20 September at the Hampton Inn & Suites. The meeting’s theme is celebrating AZFO’s 10th anniversary.
Your early registration is appreciated. Find additional details and online registration athttp://azfo.net/annual_meetings/annual_meetings.html
What could be the 8th US record for Tufted Flycatcher is currently being seen from the trail in upper Ramsey Canyon about 1/2 mile above the junction with the Brown Canyon trail. The range of this species extends from the Sierra Madre of western Mexico through Central America to northwest Ecuador.
There are also other rarities in the Huachuca Mountains nearby. A pair of Flame-colored Tanagers can be found along the Bledsoe Loop trail in the Ramsey Canyon Preserve. Meanwhile, in upper Miller Canyon the hybrid male Flame-colored X Western Tanager is being seen just below the 2nd stream crossing 2 miles above Beatty’s Guest Ranch. Just above the 2nd stream crossing, at least one Rufous-capped Warbler has been seen recently.
And still other Rufous-capped Warblers have been reported from southern Arizona including in nearby Hunter Canyon. Get out and see some of these very special birds!!
Larry McQueen illustration
Aaron Haiman at UC Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org> is conducting research on Evening Grosbeak behavior and needs your help. If you are interested in recording the vocalizations of Evening Grosbeaks, especially the Mexican subspecies , read on…!
Tour leaders needed for Sunday morning bird walks at the Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park!
These walks take about 3 hours. You do not need to be a birding “expert” since most of the people who attend know quite a lot about birds and only want the ability to get inside the EOP fence. The main duties are to get people to sign the waiver form, unlock and lock the gates, make sure people stay on the paths, and create a bird list for the tour. Training is minimal and will be provided at your convenience. Please contact Dutch Nagle (email@example.com or 378-7229) if you can help out.
The 2015 Arizona Important Bird Areas Spring/Summer season will be a very fun season with new volunteer opportunities and some very familiar surveys as well.
Tucson Audubon is doing many surveys this summer on Coronado National Forest lands to determine of Yellow-billed Cuckoos will nest at higher elevations in the Sky Islands. It has been going very well so far and we did find cuckoos in the oak habitat in the Patagonias and Huachuca so far. If you are interested in helping with these surveys in July and August
please email Jennie at jmacfarland AT tucsonaudubon.org. We really could use a few more birders!
We are also interested in any Yellow-billed Cuckoos you may encounter on the Coronado National Forest while you are out birding. What I would need to know is date, approx. time and location and behavior, etc. that you observed. These will be great supplemental observations for the report!
This project has actual potential conservation outcomes and is related to recommending an expansion of critical habitat for this recently listed sub-species.
Learn more at www.aziba.org.
Call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to evaluate impacts of the 27,000+ home “Villages at Vigneto” development, a prospective city-sized development that threatens to adversely impact the San Pedro River, a Global Important Bird Area, migration corridor and biodiversity hot spot. Learn more in the Arizona Daily Star article.
June 25-26, 2015 in Phoenix
Classroom Session. June 25. 12:30 pm-5:00 pm, Arizona Game and Fish Department,
5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000
Map – Phoenix
Field Session. June 26. 7:00 am-12:00 pm, BLM’s Agua Fria National Monument. Continue reading
The Programs Chair position is currently vacant, so no upcoming monthly meetings are scheduled. If Huachuca Audubon Society members are interested in organizing monthly programs or other lectures and events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Rustler Park, Stewart & Sunny Flat campgrounds reopen
Tucson, AZ (March 26, 2015) – For Immediate Release. The Coronado National Forest, Douglas Ranger District, will reopen Rustler Park Campground and Forest Road 42D from the campground to its terminus at Long Park. The campground and road are expected to open Friday, March 27, 2015, following seasonal winter closure. Vehicles up to 22 feet in length can be accommodated.
Stewart (maximum vehicle length 16 feet) and Sunny Flat (maximum vehicle length 28 feet) campgrounds will also reopen March 27. The campgrounds were temporarily closed due to flooding in 2014. They may be subject to future closures depending on forecasted large precipitation events in the vicinity. Recreationists are advised to plan accordingly by following updated weather forecasts.