For the first Chapter Meeting of the 2019-2020 Season, we will be outdoors and watching birds! Your SAS Board invites you to go bird-watching at Horseshoe Ranch on Saturday, October 12, 2019, starting at 8 AM and finishing up around noon.
Tice Supplee from Audubon Arizona, who is also a Founding Member of the Chapter, and Bob McCormick (“McBob”), SAS Volunteer Extraordinaire, are scheduled to lead bird walks in the area of the Upper Agua Fria River Important Bird Area. SAS volunteers regularly monitor the birdlife in this beautiful habitat. Over ten years ago, Tice guided the Chapter in documenting the bird diversity that earned the Upper Agua Fria River the National Audubon Important Bird Area designation.
“McBob” and his intrepid volunteer partner and SAS member Tim Flood count birds each year to monitor the habitat. Additionally, they participate in the Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo surveys each year. While walking, you can ask your guides about their experiences with these surveys and about how you can get involved.
SAS Co-Chair Jim Consolloy has scheduled an easy walk on the Horseshoe Ranch property. You can also enjoy a “big sit” at the Cook Shack, SAS’ assigned location.
Great birds could be seen on any and all of these routes. The walks will be finished by 11 AM; of course, if your walk finishes early, you can unfurl your lawn chair and relax.
Bring a Bag Lunch/ smaller cooler for your midday meal. The Chapter will provide coffee and donuts in the morning and all the drinks to accompany your picnic at picturesque Horseshoe Ranch.
YOU MUST RSVP TO SAS IN ORDER TO ATTEND! BY Thursday, October 10, 2019. Reply to Donna Smith at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen LaFrance at email@example.com
Directions to Horseshoe Ranch: Drive north toward Flagstaff on Route 17 out of Phoenix to the Bloody Basin Road exit #259 about 50-60 miles from Phoenix. Drive EAST on BB Road for 6 miles. The dirt road is probably OK for regular cars; just go slow in some places as there may be rough spots. As you come over the rise at about Mile 6 and see the Upper Agua Fria River/big trees below in the valley you will also see the Ranch complex across the river. Turn LEFT into the Ranch Road, drive OVER (through!) the stream (yes, it is the river) and up into the Ranch yard to park.
Click above to see Audubon Arizona’s Steven Prager’s article on Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Surveys and mention of our Chapter—Sonoran Audubon—which for many years has counted these fantastic birds on the Upper Agua Fria River sections of the Important Bird Area there.