Welcome to the Huachuca Audubon Society
The Huachuca Audubon Society (HAS) offers monthly meetings in the form of lectures or slide shows on birding and natural history subjects. Meetings take place in Sierra Vista, usually on the third Tuesday of the month, September through May. Frequent birding trips to a variety of birding hotspots are offered year round. Whether in the area for a few days or newly relocated here, you are invited to join us in any activity offered.
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Schedule of Events for December 2013 [E-mail us about coming events & corrections]
Local Programs and Events
Field Trips11th, Wednesday, 9am. 2nd Wednesday FSPR Bird Walk. Meet at San Pedro House (SPH).
21st, Saturday, 9am. 4th Saturday FSPR Bird Walk. Meet at San Pedro House (SPH).
Note: These walks moved to 9 AM meeting times in December and January.
The Sunday bird walks at the Sierra Vista EOP (Environmental Operations Park) sponsored by Huachuca Audubon Society, Friends of the San Pedro River, and the Southeast Arizona Birding Observatory start at 8 AM. Please come early as tours are limited to 20 participants with two docents.
Join this 2-3 hour weekly bird walk on the Gordon Lewis property at the San Pedro River. Meet at 8 am Monday mornings at the pull-off just west of the bridge on the north side of Highway 92 (near Palominas; There is a rusty quonset hut just before the turn-off, and a gate numbered 10663.) Check out the Google map of the location of the property entrance.
The area includes Burrowing Owl relocation sites and wildlife enhancement projects. Several different habitats are covered in about a three hour loop. The terrain is flat and trails are cleared. Lots of migrants and winter residents, many over wintering sparrows. Everything shows up on the river from Evening Grosbeak to Crested Caracara. The area is private land open only during these walks.
Bring water, sun protection, and adequate clothing; it will be cold. This is a unique opportunity to visit private property with incredible riparian habitat, including burrowing owl roosts. There is no fee, and interested non-members are welcome.
Looking AheadJan 4, 2014, Saturday. Join us for the 8th Annual Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch Christmas Bird Count
Contact Robert Weissler (email@example.com) to join!
Jan 11, 2014, Saturday, 5pm. Potluck/Presentation at A-W Research Ranch on Land and Water Protection Options for Landowners
by Sharma Hammond Torrens, AZ Land & Water Trust.
Jan 30, 2014, 6pm. Patrick Kell, the Southwest Regional Director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association is coming to Sierra Vista to present "Better Living Through Trails" to the community at the Oscar Yrun Community Center. You can indicate if you are "going" or "not going" or "maybe" on the IMBA Facebook Page.
Feb 8, 2014, Saturday, 5pm. Potluck/Presentation at A-W Research Ranch on Climate Change by Michael Crimmins, Univ of AZ.
Mar 8, 2014, Saturday, 5pm. Potluck/Presentation at A-W Research Ranch on
Historic human impacts of the evolution of the vegetation of southeastern Arizona by Dr. Conrad J. Bahre.
Apr 12, 2014, Saturday, 5pm. Potluck/Presentation at A-W Research Ranch on
The Importance of Butterflies as Pollinators in Light of the Colony Collapse of Bees by Pamela Mowbray-Graeme.
May 10, 2014, Saturday, 5pm. Potluck/Presentation at A-W Research Ranch on
Geology in SE AZ for Birders, Gardeners, and People Who Drink Water by Sandy Kunzer.
International Bird Tours
Mark Pretti Nature Tours (website)
Belize: Jewel of the Caribbean, February 1 - 11, 2014With its largely undisturbed tropical forests, abundance of rivers, tremendous diversity of flora and fauna, outstanding birding, and rich human history, Belize is one of the world’s finest natural destinations. Within the borders of this sparsely populated Central American country lie a great variety of habitats, including mangroves, beaches, rivers, lagoons, savanna, and broadleaf tropical forest. From some of Belize's finest accommodations – Birds Eye View, Lamanai, Pook’s Hill, and Hidden Valley Inn, - we'll visit Mayan ruins, see spectacular waterfalls, enjoy a night safari boat ride and a sunset lagoon trip, and marvel at the wildlife just outside our doors. While seeing and learning about some of Belize's 570+ species of birds – including toucans, woodcreepers, tanagers, antbirds, hummingbirds, raptors, waders, and more – we’ll likely encounter howler monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, dazzling butterflies, and other tropical treats. The cost will be about $3300 per person, double occupancy, all inclusive from Belize City, and including a $100 donation to the Huachuca Audubon Society.
Panama: The Land Between the Seas, February 21 - March 3, 2014In addition to being a physical and ecological link between North and South America, Panama is biogeographically rich, with cool cloud forest, tropical deciduous forest, lowland rainforest, extensive coastline, and many rivers and streams, all of which contribute to a tremendous diversity of flora and fauna. From our excellent accommodations – Gamboa Rainforest Resort, and the Canopy Lodge, – we’ll explore some of these habitats and their rich wildlife. We visit Metropolitan Nature Park and the Panama Canal’s Miraflores Locks where we'll have a short tour of the canal and watch the locks in action. We spend four nights at Gamboa from where we visit the nearby Panama Rainforest Discovery Center and it's 100-foot tall canopy tower. In addition to spending time in two of the most well-known birding areas, Pipeline Rd. and Old Gamboa Road, we'll also enjoy a night drive and a boat trip along the canal and the Chagres River. We also spend four nights at the Canopy Lodge in El Valle de Anton with its higher and cooler habitats. In addition to birds, we'll also explore the general ecology of these areas as we learn about towering wild cashews and figs, many species of palms, colorful heliconias, many butterflies and other insects, and several mammals and reptiles. On past trips we've encountered white-nosed coatis, four species of monkeys (mantled howler, white-throated capuchin, lemurine night monkey, and Geoffrey's tamarin), Central American agouti, capybara, three species of squirrel (variegated, red-tailed, and Central American dwarf), and both two and three-toed sloths. Spectacled caiman, American crocodile, green iguana, common and striped basilisk lizards, geckos, and many anole lizards are also frequently seen. The cost will be about $3400 per person, double occupancy, all inclusive from Panama City, and including a $100 donation to the Huachuca Audubon Society.
For more information, please contact Mark Pretti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-803-6889.
The goal of Huachuca Audubon Society members is to conserve and restore eco-systems so that birds and other wildlife can flourish and enrich the Earth's diversity. Members enjoy observing wildlife and seek its protection through efforts to advance public understanding of the relationships of all life forms and the consequences of interfering with these relationships.
Huachuca Audubon Society members are concerned conservationists who work to extend the public awareness of the value of conservation. They also seek to inform and influence lawmakers so that their work may reflect this value.
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Last update: 1 December 2013 by REW.