Birding Portal, Arizona

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Heading up from Cave Creek Ranch, the flocks of warblers like Townsend’s and Black-throated Gray and Hermit Warblers still flit about among the cool shade provided by the white barked Arizona Sycamores while the stunning Painted Redstarts nest on the ground.

Birding Arizona–style

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One particular issue had a feature on the birds of Madera Canyon, Arizona. Up to 256 bird species, deer, black bears, foxes, big cats, Gila Monsters, and 16 species of bats call this area of southeastern Arizona home. ( For birding Arizona-style, memorize these three overlapping locations southeast of Tucson: Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains in the Coronado National Forest. The post Birding Arizona–style appeared first on 10,000 Birds.


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Sam Lena Park, Tucson, Arizona

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In my continuing tour of the many sites for birding here in the Tucson, Arizona area, I have run across the Sam Lena Park, and athletic complex. Stay tuned for more from South East Arizona! This Red-breasted Merganser was quite popular for birders in the Southeast Arizona. One of my “First of Year” birds for Arizona was this lovely Yellow Warbler. The post Sam Lena Park, Tucson, Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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The benefits of hurricanes in Southeast Arizona

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For the past few weeks I have been touting all the different reasons that Southeast Arizona is such an amazing area for birding. If you look draw line straight up a northern biased line thru the Sea of Cortez, the normal path of a hurricane in the Sea of Cortez, it would run very nearly right thru Southeast Arizona. The post The benefits of hurricanes in Southeast Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Buenos Aires NWR prairie warbler Southeast Arizona Birding

Still chasing rarities in SE Arizona

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The post Still chasing rarities in SE Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Evening Grosbeaks Southeast Arizona BirdingAs we march ever closer to the end of 2019, I continue to marvel at the number of birds that pass thru, or reside in this relatively small area. After an extensive year of travel in 2018, I have mainly focused on Pima County and the Tucson area for my birding. The early part of the year found me learning my way around, and meeting some incredible people.

SE Arizona 10 day birding blitz!

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I had just wrapped up lending a hand with the Tucson Arizona South-east Birding Festival, my wife Jeanne was going out of town for those same ten days, local Tucson birding legend Brian Nicholas had offered to show me a few of his favorite, as yet unknown to me hot spots, and at the end of this marathon of birding, we are moving into a brand new, our first ever house, so my bird trips were going to be severely diminished while we moved in and got the house set up.

Owls, Owls, and more Owls in SE Arizona

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Sneaking down the slimy bank carefully… Umm cool water on a pretty hot Arizona day! The post Owls, Owls, and more Owls in SE Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding burrowing owls Ferruginous Pygmy-owls Northern Pygmy-Owl Southeast Arizona Birding tucsonThe last couple of weeks have really been a boom for me personally, as far as spotting our local owls goes.

South East Arizona’s Madera Canyon

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Now that Jeanne and I have finally settled on Tucson, Arizona at least for a while, I will pick up where I left off at the end of 2018. Arizona, specifically the South East portion of the state, will be my “beat” for the rest of this year. Located approximately 40 miles south of Tucson, Arizona, you travel on Highway 19 to Green Valley, and exit at Continental Road. The post South East Arizona’s Madera Canyon appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Hot Birds and Bloggers in Arizona

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This is Arizona This is Arizona This is Arizona! Trips Arizona bloggers SwarovskiI just returned from a phenomenal long weekend in Tucson, AZ where I participated in a really enjoyable event. Our friends at Swarovski Optik organized a Birding Social Media Summit to discuss the many ways in which birding and socal media intersect. As you can imagine, I spent time with some extremely interesting individuals.

The Little Bird Year: Week 41 – Madera Canyon, Tucson Arizona

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Tucson Arizona is turning out to be a very birdy area. I got to see my first ever Arizona Woodpecker here as well. While we were at the feeding stations, we counted 26 Wild Turkeys , a couple dozen Mexican Jays, Chipping Sparrows, Bewick’s Wrens, 20+ Lesser Goldfinches , Pine Siskins , and more of both the Acorn Woodpeckers and the Arizona Woodpeckers. The post The Little Bird Year: Week 41 – Madera Canyon, Tucson Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Arizona in Summer: It Ain’t All Hummers

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It’s a well-known fact that southeast Arizona in summer is awesome. My first birding trip ever was to Arizona. It was time to drive south and up, to the Sky Islands of southeast Arizona. I eventually did get my Life Elegant Trogon during the next part of my Arizona sojourn, which was the New Jersey Audubon trip, led by Scott Barnes and Linda Mack. There were a couple of birding festivals in progress in Arizona, and I arrived on the heels of several groups.

Soundscapes of Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon

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Enjoy the soundscapes of The Nature Conservancy’s Aravaipa Canyon by professional nature recordist Lang Elliott. From the Field Ecoacoustics Outdoor Rec

Arizona Republicans planning to make protest illegal

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In Arizona you could get jailed and have your assets seized if you attend a protest or demonstration after Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent. A bill attempting to criminalize protest has passed the Arizona Senate – supported entirely by Republicans – and is headed to the state House.

Arizona Airport Building Solar Array

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Both the airport and TEP are set to benefit from the facility’s construction: the Airport Authority will rent out its lands to the utility company at an annual rate of nearly $47,000, while TEP will move closer to meeting Arizona’s clean energy use guidelines. Government / Industry arizona airport solarThe Tucson International Airport Board of Directors has decided to license 50 acres of its land to Tucson Electric Power Co. for the next 20 years.

Arizona Congress Woman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

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Democratic Arizona congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, who was among those on Sarah Palin’s infamous “target list,” was one of 18 people shot during a rampage at a Safeway grocery store. Tragically, there were six fatalities including Arizona’s chief federal judge John Roll, a 9-year-old girl and one of Gifford’s aides. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona.

Arizona Wildfire Biggest in State History?

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The wildfire blazing in eastern Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is burning more acres of land than any other fire in the state’s history, though some of that area is in New Mexico, where it skipped along treetops, threatening the small working-class community of Luna. That said, several other fires are burning in Arizona, and one on the other side of New Mexico, near the Colorado border, that started on Sunday.

Deer Robot to Help Catch Arizona Wildlife Poachers


In Arizona, hunting season for deer starts October 23, but many hunters just can’t wait that long to take an innocent life for fun so the state has resorted to Read More The post Deer Robot to Help Catch Arizona Wildlife Poachers appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Mars and Arizona Public Service Dump ALEC | PR Watch

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Mars and Arizona Public Service Dump ALEC. The seventh and eighth corporations to publicly state that they cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are candy-maker Mars and the Arizona Public Service Company (APS), Arizonas largest electric utility. APS pledge not to renew its ALEC membership was announced today in the Arizona Capital Times. Skip to Main Content Area. Contact Us. News Feeds. Podcasts. Privacy Policy. RSS Feeds. Volunteer.

Arizona Ski Resort Plans to Pump “Snow” Made of Treated Sewage Water on its Slopes

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The Snowbowl Ski resort in Flagstaff, Arizona sits somewhere along the range of inactive volcanoes called San Francisco Peaks, which, according to Mother Jones , are “volcanoes that contain the only alpine tundra in Arizona, at heights of more than 12,000 feet.&# Related posts: This Thanksgiving, Skip the Turkey and Head to Arizona for a YogaSlackers Retreat.

Arizona Solar Panel Incentives Too Effective

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APS (Arizona Public Service), the biggest utility company in Arizona, has reduced the amount they are paying customers for installing solar panels claiming that it has been too effective and is costing them too much. Kris Mayes, chairwoman of the Arizona Corporation Commission stated that, “This is a great problem to have because it means a strong solar industry has emerged in this state and that Arizonans are showing their demand for solar.”.

ALEC Holds Tight Grip on Arizona Legislature | PR Watch

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ALEC Holds Tight Grip on Arizona Legislature. PHOENIX -- Legislators in Arizona continue to advance extremist legislation inspired by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its out-of-state corporate backers, according to a new analysis by People For the American Way Foundation, Common Cause, the Center for Media and Democracy and Progress Now. This is distorting the law in ways that harm Arizona families and should be stopped.". Skip to Main Content Area.

Sulphur-bellied Flycatchers near Tucson

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South East Arizona is known for some truly amazing birding, and another one of the specialties that this area is known for is the Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher – Myiodynasters luteiventris. Just another great reason to plan at trip to South East Arizona! Birding Madera Canyon South East Arizona Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

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Some of America?s Avian Treasures

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The exquisite Elegant Trogon, mostly a Mexican species of the Sierra Madre, is the only member of this tropical bird family to range north into Southeast Arizona – the only trogon species in the United States and often considered ‘the most sought after bird in Arizona.”.

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This Thanksgiving, Skip the Turkey and Head to Arizona for a YogaSlackers Retreat

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This Thanksgiving, you can join the YogaSlackers for their ‘Redefining Balance Retreat’, a long weekend of camping, climbing, yoga, slacklining and acrobatic yoga at the Cochise Stronghold, east of Tuscon, Arizona. Fall is on it’s way to the Northern Hemisphere whether you want to acknowledge it or not. Come mid-September we’ll all be sporting pants and lightweight jackets instead of shorts and tees.

Wind Turbines Could Power 120,000 Arizona Homes in 2011

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Government / Industry arizona wind farmForesight Wind Energy is proposing to install 130 to 330 large turbines on the Flying M Ranch east of Mormon Lake and tie into federally owned power lines. The project would cover 55 square miles, and provide the equivalent of 500 megawatts of electricity. About 100 megawatts would power half of Flagstaff and a 500-megawatt project would power 125,000 homes.

New Arizona Bill Puts Farm Animals at Greater Risk for Abuse


In a state which already offers relatively little protection for farm animals, a bill which passed in the Senate March 24th could have dire consequences for horses, cows, poultry and Read More The post New Arizona Bill Puts Farm Animals at Greater Risk for Abuse appeared first on Ecorazzi.

A pelican in the poo pond

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One of the small cities south of Tucson Arizona, Amado, has a very small pond, right along highway 19, also known as the Nogales Highway. Birding Amado WTP American White Pelican Southeast Arizona Birding

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Local Boy Makes Good: Cogenra Solar Brings Heat&Power to Arizona’s La Posada

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Arizona green retirement community La Posada is next to get Cogenra’s combined heat and power. This week his company Cogenra will announce a contract to supply the Southern Arizona retirement community La Posada with a solar cogeneration system, making it sustainable to host a retirement community in the arid desert. Arizona depends on nuclear power, but nuclear cannot take the heat that represents the climate future of Arizona.

Arizona: Fight for Clean Air and Clean Energy Inspires a Family of Activists

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Kathy Mohr-Almeida and her daughter Anna (pictured at the right) - along with millions of others in Arizona and surrounding states - could breathe a little easier if the Environmental Protection Agency steps up to enforce the Clean Air Act protections for Navajo Generating Station, one of the biggest polluters in Arizona. The 2,250-megawatt NGS, near Page, Arizona, is the largest and dirtiest coal plant in the state. This is why the solution for Arizona (and beyond!)

Clean Air Measures Will Protect Families, Help Move Arizona.

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South Florida Citizens Demand Rubio Support Climate Action » Clean Air Measures Will Protect Families, Help Move Arizona Beyond Coal. Now the Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to raise standards and enforce safeguards that will let Arizona families breathe a little easier. Arizona now faces a fork in the road, and state leaders are convening this week to weigh its options. Compass. « Filthy and Over-Budget? Let the Public Pay For It!

A Mom’s Perspective: the Best Kid’s Activities to Beat the Arizona Summer Heat. ~ Matthew Dearing

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Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Family, Youth, Enlightened Education arizona heat kids summer Finding summer activities for kids of all ages can be easy! Here are a few tips to help you as you plan your kid’s summer!

A Letter to the Guy Holding up the “You Deserve Rape” Sign at a Student Rally in Arizona.

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” ~ “Brother” Dean Saxton, University of Arizona student (and the author of the “You Deserve Rape” sign) To the student holding up [.]. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Civil Rights, Social Good) Inspiring (Wow) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today assault dean saxton domestic violence rape university of arizona

GreenStock™ Expo & Concert to Kick Off Arizona Earth Week Expo

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stated, “We are very excited to kickoff earth week for Arizona”. Black went on to state, “We are partnering with these wonderful sustainable companies and organizations such as Salt River Project’s (SRP) EarthWise ( ) who will be planting one tree for every GreenStock™ event ticket purchased to help restore Arizona’s fire-damaged areas”. Purchasing a ticket helps Arizona’s fire damaged areas and gives you access to all activities during the event and concert.

Fall migration brings rarities to Tucson

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When you think of Southeast Arizona Birding, and the unique birds that can be found there, it conjures thoughts of roadrunners, hummingbirds, trogons, and the many other desert residents. This time, great photos were taken, high fives were exchanged, and another chapter in South East Arizona Birding is in the books! Birds Purple Gallinule Southeast Arizona Birding tropical parula

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Madera Canyon: The feeders at Santa Rita Lodge

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Most days you will get a good look at the Arizona Woodpecker. Birding Arizona Woodpecker hummingbirds Madrra Canyon Mexican Jay Santa Rita LodgeRarely does the name Madera Canyon come up without most North American birders taking pause to recognize the importance to birding in the Southwest U.S.

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Arivaca Lake- The last stop before Mexico

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For most avian migrants heading south towards Mexico, Central and South America, crossing thru the Arizona desert areas can provide very few water, food and resting areas. This 90 acre lake, managed by Arizona Fish and Wildlife is about a 45 mile drive from Tucson, and 9 miles from Mexico, as the Chihuahuan Raven flies. Birding Arivaca Lake Southeast Arizona Birding

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Methane Lamp Project In Arizona Park Dog Powered

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Such is the case in Arizona, where a park is planning a project to recycle dog feces while also generating electricity. Cosmo Park in Gilbert, Arizona has been a top ranked dog park since it opened in 2006. Now instead of simply throwing away dog waste, a project by students at Arizona State University Polytechnic in Mesa, Arizona will be recycling the released methane to light a park lamp.

The Little Big Year – Week 42: Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands.

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I don’t feel that we have exhausted the possibilities here in Arizona, but they are one here, one there, and spread all over that state. We are squeezing out one more road trip, leaving Arizona and heading towards Texas. Trips Little Big Year Sweetwater Wetlands Tucson Arizona Tucson Audubon SocietyJust a few miles northwest of downtown Tucson, the Sweetwater Wetlands is truly a birding gem.

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Mexican visitors in Box Canyon

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One of the great things about living in southern Arizona is our proximity to Mexico. A common local resident when we were in Mexico, the Costa’s Hummingbird is a little bit more of a rarity here in Arizona. Birding Box Canyon Five-striped Sparrows Florida Canyon Lucifer Hummingbirds Madera Canyon Southeast Arizona BirdingThis allows for some really fun birds to come across the border, not that they know it is a border, and giving us some interesting birds each year.

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Why Tucson, for the birds of course!

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Now that Jeanne and I have settled here in Tucson, Arizona, we have been questioned by our friends dozens of times….Why 10 countries, over 1300 bird species, and now I have limited my various twitches to just one county, Pima, which pretty much surrounds the greater Tucson Arizona. When it comes to pure birding, SE Arizona is truly an amazement. The lure of many other countries still calls to me, but the birds of Southeast Arizona have captured my heart.

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Kyocera begins shipping solar modules to Arizona solar energy project


Arizona Power Project. With its new venture to supply the Arizona solar power project, the company looks determined to meet that goal. Sonia Renthlei: Japanese multinational company, Kyocera, has begun shipping solar panels for the 127MW Arlington Valley Solar energy II power project. The company will continue to manufacture PV panels at its San Diego plant till the year 2013.

Little Big Year-Week 37: Settling down in Tucson AZ

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Now that we have “settled” in Tucson, Arizona, or at least this is where the 5th Wheel is for the time being, it has been nice to be able to spread out a bit. Now that we have been in sunny, dry Arizona, it has rained 5 of the last seven days. Later in the week we finally got a break in the rain, and made an early morning run to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. They have a large walk in aviary with the local birds of the Sonora, and Southern Arizona areas.

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Cholla Birds

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Birding Arizona Cactus Wren Sonoran Desert The internet appears to have nearly as many people getting caught up with Cholla Cacti as it has cute kittens doing funny stuff. It almost qualifies as a genre in itself. Now this is only a personal suspicion, but I reckon that the birds of the Sonoran Desert have set up candid cameras and are getting their Youtube footage by enticing birders close enough to the cholla bushes for the spiked fruit to make the leap onto their innocent carriers.

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