Sonoran Audubon Society

SAS Monthly Meeting April – Cuckoo Survey Results

April 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
West Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
5904 West Cholla Street
Glendale, AZ 85304

You, your family and friends are invited to attend Sonoran Audubon Society’s April presentation by Tucson Audubon’s Jennie MacFarland—“Yellow-Billed Cuckoos in Arizona.”  Meeting starts at 7:00 PM Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the West Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 5904 W. Cholla St., Glendale, AZ  (turn west off 59th Avenue, south of Cactus).  Guests are welcome; refreshments and social time start at 6:30 PM.


Jennie MacFarland is the conservation biologist for Tucson Audubon Society, working on the Arizona Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program. “IBAs” are part of a larger global effort with Bird Life International and National Audubon Society to identify the most important sites for bird habitat around the world.   As a very effective citizen-science effort, IBA data, along with Christmas Bird Counts, helps scientists identify trends and threats to birds.


Jennie also coordinates the Tucson Bird Count, an urban bird survey that encourages residents to create habitats in their yards, making Tucson a friendlier place for birds.


In the summer of 2015 she led a large citizen bird-watchers’ effort to search for Yellow-billed Cuckoos in the Sky Islands of Southeastern Arizona— in the high elevation oak-lined drainages of the Coronado National Forest.  You’ll be hearing about these searches for the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo on April 13th!


Arizona’s IBA program has many volunteers who help identify sites, document the birds that use these sites and, then conduct bird surveys year by year.   Sonoran Audubon originated two Important Bird Areas about 8 years ago—the Upper Agua Fria River IBA and the Salt River/Gila River (Tres Rios) IBA.  Bob McCormick is SAS’ volunteer IBA coordinator; several faithful SAS volunteers help him monitor these IBAs year by year.