Sonoran Audubon Society

SAS Monthly Meeting November

November 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
West Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
5904 West Cholla Street
Glendale, AZ 85304

You are invited to attend Sonoran Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count Workshop by Troy Corman from the Arizona Game & Fish Department at 7:00 PM Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the West Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 5904 W. Cholla St., Glendale, AZ (turn west off 59th Avenue, south of Cactus). Friends and guests and kids are welcome; there is plenty of parking. Bring your own water bottle!

Troy is one of the premier birders and bird scientists in Arizona. In 2005, he and a colleague, Kathy Wise, now of Audubon Arizona, published the Breeding Bird Atlas of Arizona, one hefty book with a prodigious amount of observations and data on where birds build their nests and raise their young all over the state. He has published many studies and papers on birds and their habitat from his perch in the Non-Game Branch of Arizona’s Game & Fish Department.

Christmas Bird Counts (“CBCs”) are a citizen science effort that goes back to the early 20th century. The Christmastime observations of bird watchers all over America and many other countries over many, many years have been gathered in an enormous database at National Audubon Society. The data has been accessed by many scientists documenting and predicting birds’ responses to climate change, for example (go to the Audubon climate website for dramatic interactive maps on this subject (

Troy has managed Christmas Bird Counts for many, many years in Arizona. He will enlighten his listeners as to how the CBCs are set up and how they are a great way for beginning birders or persons new to the State to learn about our birds here in the desert Southwest. Sonoran Audubon participates in several CBCs around Arizona but especially Tres Rios and other West Valley counts.

It is a real pleasure to have Troy back to talk with Sonoran Audubon! Please join us for this very interesting evening. Questions to Karen: