The Yuma Audubon Society is dedicated to conserving natural resources,
educating members on conservation issues, and increasing awareness about
the diversity of nature in the Yuma, AZ, area. Our constitution is here:
In the recent past, Yuma
Audubon has sponsored Audubon Adventures, the Yuma Birding & Nature
Festival, and Audubon Christmas Bird Counts.
Meetings are held during the fall, winter, and spring on the second Tuesday of of the month
at 3:00 p.m., at the Arizona Game and Fish Office, located at 9140 E. 28th Street (corner of Ave 9E and 28th Street).
Tuesday, Nov 14 at 3:00 p.m. - "Plants and Birds" presented by Nancy Meister
Tuesday, Dec 12 at 3:00 p.m. - "Member Showcase"
Bring your favorite bird and nature photos on a thumb drive or CD to share with other members at our holiday meeting.
Tuesday, Jan 9 at 3:00 p.m. - A Yuma County Big Year - a presentation about my 2017 big year.
Tuesday, Feb 13 at 3:00 p.m. - Birding in Costa Rica by Mark Larsen, President of Maricopa Audubon
Tuesday, Mar 13 at 3:00 p.m. - Adventures on the Pacific Coast Trail by Petra Orta
Tuesday, Apr 10 at 3:00 p.m. - Flowers of the Grand Paradiso National Park in Italy by Cary Meister
Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00 p.m. - Annual Audubon and Native Plant Society Potluck at the Yuma West Wetlands, Ramada 32
A typical meeting agenda is:
- Short business meeting
- Conservation news
- Break with refreshments
- Feature presentation
surrounded by many natural features, including the Colorado & Gila Rivers,
deserts, mountains, the Imperial Dunes, and the Salton Sea. Join us
as we explore these areas in search of diverse birds, reptiles, mammals,
Field trips are usually held
the Saturday following the monthly meeting. We carpool from
the Sears parking lot in the "Big Curve" shopping center.
Past trips have visited the Salton Sea NWR, Cibola NWR, Cienega de Santa
Clara, and Palm Canyon.
On Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. (October, March, and April) and 8:00 a.m. (November-February) meet at the Yuma East Wetlands for our weekly bird walks. Everybody welcome!
Saturday, Nov 18 - Hawk watch to the south of Yuma, where dozens of Ferruginous Hawks, Peregrine & Prairie Falcons, and Northern Harriers feed on gophers and other rodents.
Meet at 7:30a.m. at the Sears parking lot.
Saturday, Dec 16 - Christmas Bird Count
in a 15-mile-diameter circle centered at Imperial Dam. Please contact Lin Piest at 928-342-0091 to pick a location and sign up.
Saturday, Jan 13 - Explore Betty's Kitchen and Mittry Lake in search of waterfowl, raptors, sparrows, and other fine birds.
Saturday, Feb 17
- Aztec Feedlot and Dateland for wintering rarities, along with the expected raptors, warblers, and sparrows
Saturday, Mar 17 Tinajas Altas, winter denizens and early spring migrants
Saturday, Apr 14 Look for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds at the Solar and Water Power Pond, and for warblers in the Wellton area
Close to Christmas we hold our annual
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and Birdathon. We count and monitor the status of birds around Imperial NWR, Laguna Dam, and Mittry Lake. In 2010, we recorded 131 species for count day; most years we find about 120 species. The 2016 CBC will be held on Dec 17th. Please contact Lin Piest at LPiest@azgfd.gov to participate.
To view the results of past bird counts please visit the National Audubon Society CBC website: http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count
Here are some of our better count-day sightings from the banner 2010 count:
- 4 Barrow's Goldeneyes at Senator Wash, CA
- Red-throated Loon at Ferguson Lake
- Horned Grebe at Senator Wash
- Immature male Surf Scoter at Senator Wash
- Female Black Scoter at Senator Wash
- Varied Thrush at YPG
- American Redstart and Northern Parula at Imperial NWR
- Black & White Warbler at Betty's Kitchen
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Hidden Shores RV Park
- Lawrence's Goldfinches in a desert wash west of Senator Wash
Join us at the Yuma County Main Library for presentations on a variety of bird and evironmental topics.
Membership can be at the national or chapter level, or both. Fee
structures and benefits are as follows:
$10 for local
- Local members receive e-mail birding and meeting alerts, and are welcome to join us for monthly meetings and field
$20 for national members
- National members receive
Audubon Magazine and automatically become members of our local
chapter. Enroll at www.audubon.org
Black-necked Stilt chick
Imperial NWR http://www.fws.gov/refuge/imperial/
Local & National Rare Bird Reports American Birding Association
Yuma County Bird Guide
Salton Sea Bird Guide
ASU - AZ bird songs
Thick-billed Kingbird - Yuma Main Drain