Sinaloa Wren in Huachuca Canyon

[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
the canyon.
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AZFO 9th Annual Meeting in September

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 

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Tufted Flycatcher in Ramsey Canyon!

Tufted_Flycatcher_Weissler_May_2015_IMG_2322What 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!!

EOP Walk needs tour leaders

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 (dutchpat@cox.net or 378-7229) if you can help out.

Sign-up on-line for Arizona IBA Surveys!

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.

Thanks,
Jennie Macfarland

Learn more at www.aziba.org.

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Ask Army Corps to reconsider 404 permit for Vigneto!

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.

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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