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 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). 

2019-2020 Meetings:
Tuesday, Nov 12 at 3:00 p.m. - "What Goes in the Blue Bin?" presented by Yuma City Public Works

Tuesday, Dec 10 at 3:00 p.m. - "Member Showcase"
Bring your favorite nature photos on a thumb drive, and bring some goodies to share with other members at our holiday meeting.

Jan 10,11,12 - Yuma Bird, Nature and History Festival. Please check out the events and register at

Tuesday, Jan 14 at noon. - Welcome Back Potluck at the Yuma West Wetlands

Tuesday, Feb 11 at 3:00 p.m. - "The Economic Impact of Birding" by Haley Paul of Arizona Audubon

Tuesday, Mar 10 at 3:00 p.m. - "Birding with a Camera"

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.

2019-2020 Field Trips:
Saturday, Nov 16 - Betty's Kitchen and Mittry Lake. Meet at 7:00a.m. at the Chevron parking lot, at the corner of Ave 7E and Highway 95.

Saturday, Dec 14 - Christmas Bird Count in a 15-mile-diameter circle centered at Imperial Dam. Please contact Nancy Meister at 928-782-3552 to pick a location and sign up.

Jan 10,11,12 - Yuma Bird, Nature and History Festival. Please check out the events and register at

Tuesday, Jan 14 after the potluck - birding in the Yuma West Wetlands

Saturday, Feb 15 - Cocopah RV Resort and Morales Dam. Meet at the Food City parking lot, at the corner of 16th Street and Ave B, at 7:00 a.m.

Saturday, Mar 14 - Imperial Dam and Senator Wash. Meet at Colorado River State Park at 7:00 a.m.

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 2018-2019 count recorded 118 species. The 2019-2020 CBC will be held on Dec 14th. Please contact Nancy Meister at yaspresident@yahoo.comor 782-3552 to participate.

To view the results of past bird counts please visit the National Audubon Society CBC website:

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

Wednesday Morning Bird Walks
Join us at the Yuma East Wetlands every Wednesday morning for a chance to go birding in the wetlands park. No experience is necessary. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot and look for the birders wearing binoculars.

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

$10 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).

$20 for national members
- National members receive Audubon Magazine and automatically become members of our local chapter. Enroll at

Black-necked Stilt chick



Nancy Meister, 782-3552
Cary Meister, 782-3552
Pat Kenyon
Paul Moreno

Western Screech-Owl

National Audubon Society
Imperial NWR
Cibola NWR
Local & National Rare Bird Reports American Birding Association
Southwest Birders
Yuma County Bird Guide

Salton Sea Bird Guide
ASU - AZ bird songs

Thick-billed Kingbird - Yuma Main Drain

Photos Henry Detwiler.  Last update: 18 Mar 2020
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