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Purpose
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: YAS Constitution

In the recent past, Yuma Audubon has sponsored Audubon Adventures, the Yuma Birding & Nature Festival, and Audubon Christmas Bird Counts.

  


Common Poorwill

Meetings
 
2023-2024 Meetings:
Meetings are generally held at 3:00 p.m.at Arizona Game and Fish (AGF), at the corner of Ave 9E and 28th Street. Please send an email to yaspresident@yahoo.com if you have questions.

Nov 14: Welcome-back Potluck at Pat's home (contact YAS president for address)

Dec 5: Birds from Here & There - Nick

Jan 9: Madagascar Natural History - Henry

Feb 13: Australia - Franc

 

A typical meeting agenda is:
- Short business meeting
- Conservation news
- Break with refreshments
- Feature presentation



Greater Roadrunner


Field Trips
Yuma is 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, and plants.

2023-2024 Field Trips

Wed, Oct 25 - Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Mesa del Sol Pond

Sat, Nov 18 - 8:00 a.m. Salton Sea

Wed, Nov 29 - Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Mesa del Sol Pond

Sat, Dec 16 - Christmas Bird Count. More details to come, or sign us with YAS president.

Sat, Jan 13 - Cibola NWR

Wed, Jan 17 - Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Yuma Landing Bar & Grill for a Birds & Beer get-together

Sat, Feb 17 - Picacho State Park

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Wednesday Bird Walks
Join us at either the Yuma West Wetlands or Yuma East Wetlands every Wednesday morning for a chance to go birding in one these great, bird-filled parks. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome! Meet at 7:30, 8:00, or 8:30 a.m.--Check the Yuma Birders facebook page or email the YAS President for the starting time and park. Walks begin on Sep 27 at 7:30 a.m. at the Yuma East Wetlands.

Christmas Bird Count


Birdcage Primrose

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. The count circle encompases desert, the Colorado River, lakes, marshes, and agricultural areas; our species count is typically 115-120 species, with highs of 133 in 1982 and 1984. The 2023 CBC will be held on Saturday, Dec 16. Please contact our president at YASPresident@yahoo.com to participate.

To view the results of past bird counts visit the National Audubon Society CBC website: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/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, Surf Scoter, and 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



Membership
Membership can be at the national or chapter level, or both. Fee structures and benefits are as follows:

$10.00 for local (chapter) members
- Local members receive e-mail birding and meeting alerts, and are welcome to join us for monthly meetings and field trips (Oct-May). Please send membership fees to:
Yuma Audubon Society
PO Box 6395
Yuma, AZ 85366


$20.00 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

YAS Contact
Please leave a message at one of our Facebook pages: Yuma Birders or Yuma Birders Afar. Or email our president at yaspresident@yahoo.com

 

Links
National Audubon Society www.audubon.org
Imperial NWR https://www.fws.gov/refuge/imperial/
Cibola NWR https://www.fws.gov/refuge/cibola/
Local & National Rare Bird Reports American Birding Association
Southwest Birders www.southwestbirders.com
Southwest Arizona Bird Guide
www.southwestbirders.com/swb_SWAZ_Book4.htm

Salton Sea Bird Guide www.southwestbirders.com/swb_Imperial_County_Book.htm
ASU - AZ bird songs
https://askabiologist.asu.edu/explore/birds-and-their-songs

 














Western Screech-Owl


 


Thick-billed Kingbird - Yuma Main Drain

     
Photos Henry Detwiler.  Last update: 26 Sep 2023
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