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Arizona IBA Survey sign-up online

Arizona IBA Survey sign-up

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. Click the link for more:

Elegant Trogon Surveys:

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 16SaturdayAtasacosa Highlands Elegant Trogon Survey

May 23SaturdaySanta Rita Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey

May 24SundayPatagonia Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey

May 30SaturdayHuachuca Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey

May 31SundayChiricahua Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey

For the first time ever it is possible to sign up for these surveys via our online system (similar to what Tucson Audubon has been doing for field trips) and there are links in this email message that take you directly to a sign up page or you can see a complete list of all surveys with sign up links on the Arizona IBA website:

When you click on a link it will ask you to create a free account – this is just for the internal Tucson Audubon Society system and your information will not be shared in any way. Once you have made an account or logged in to your existing account it is quite easy to sign up for surveys and the form asks for very little information – Name, email and phone number is pretty much all which makes signing up faster. Once you have signed up for a survey you should receive a confirmation email within a few minutes. Thank you so much for giving this new system a try – it has been very successful for Tucson Audubon field trips!

If you would like any more information, please email Jennie at or call Jennie at 520-209-1804

Click HERE to signup for this quarterly email of the Arizona IBA Program

Monday AM Bird Walks on the San Pedro River

We’re doing it again!  Join us Monday mornings for guided bird walks at Gordon Lewis’ place (The Rancho Gulag).  We will meet at 7 am, and the mostly flat, 2 mile walk will last about 2 hours.  Birds we will try to see are the usual San Pedro River specialties, but who knows? …the property is only about 2 miles from Mexico…

To reach the starting point, drive south from Sierra Vista on State Route 92 for about 12 miles, past the small town of Palominas.  Just past the town, you will see a rusty Quonset hut on your left. The entrance gate, just beyond the Quonset hut, is labeled with number 10663 (Drive in about 100 yds. to the parking area).  If you reach the bridge over the San Pedro River, you have gone about 200 yds. past the entrance gate.

The first walk will be April 20, 2015.  Bring water, sun protection, and walking shoes.  The walks are free.

For more information, contact Rick Romea (520-803-1160, or Bill Brown (209-665-1512,

Campgrounds in the Chiricahua Mountains reopen

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.

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Sinaloa Wren in Huachuca Canyon

[From the AZNMbirds listserv and RBA hotline 23 Feb 2015: Sinaloa Wren continues]

Update March 1st!

In Huachuca Canyon on Ft. Huachuca, the *SINALOA WREN continued on 2/25
(Lynn Daugherty) at the lower picnic area about 70 yards downstream (north)
of the bridge.

*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS were reported again in Hunter Canyon (between
Miller and Ash Canyons) on 2/20 (Bruce Berman). The birds have been seen
about 0.7 miles up the trail from the end of Hunter Canyon Road just as the
trail enters the grove of trees.

An ever-changing cast of birders saw the Sinaloa Wren off and on from 8-9:30 a.m. It was silent today, but very active. It was seen on both sides of the stream, from the culvert/bridge and downstream for some distance.​

Other birds of note: Montezuma Quail – 1 flushed from the side trail downstream through the oaks; Hepatic Tanager -2 a pair, calling; and Painted Redstart – 1.

Cheers, Erika Wilson

Great Backyard Bird Count results

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker by Linda Izer, Arkansas, 2015 GBBC


GBBC 2015  Overview

Once again participants from around the world set new records for the number of species identified during the four days of the Great Backyard Bird Count and for the number of checklists submitted.

Total checklists: 147,265 (up 3,156)
Total species: 5,090 (up 794)
Estimated participants: 143,941 (up 1,890)
Read the rest of the summary on the GBBC website