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.

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!!

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.

Continue reading

Bird Walks on the San Pedro River

CONCLUDED FOR THE SEASON!  The last walk was on Monday, May 25, 2015.  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.

Bring water, sun protection, and walking shoes.  The walks are free.

For more information, contact Rick Romea (520-803-1160, rickorcindy@hotmail.com) or Bill Brown (209-665-1512,ahswarrior1@aol.com).

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