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). 

2018-2019 Meetings:
Tuesday, Nov 20 at 3:00 p.m. - "Flora and Fauna of Southern Germany and Northern Italy" presented by Cary Meister

Tuesday, Dec 11 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 4,5,6 - Yuma Bird, Nature and History Festival. Please check out the events and register at

Tuesday, Jan 8 at noon. - Welcome Back Potluck at the Yuma West Wetlands

Tuesday, Feb 12 at 3:00 p.m. - "AZ Water Watch" by Megan Smart of the Dept of Environmnetal Quality

Tuesday, Mar 12 at 3:00 p.m. - "Birds and Seeds" by Sue Rutman, AZ Botanist

Tuesday, Apr 9 at 3:00 p.m. - "Growing AZ Natives" by Jessie Byrd, Manager of the Pima Co. Plant Nursery

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.

On Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. meet at the Yuma East Wetlands for our weekly bird walks. Everybody welcome! No previous experience is required!

2018-2019 Field Trips:
Saturday, Nov 24 - 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 15 - 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.

Jan 4,5,6 - Yuma Bird, Nature and History Festival. Please check out the events and register at

Tuesday, Jan 8 after the potluck - birding in the Yuma West Wetlands

Saturday, Feb 16 - Cibola NWR, meet at the Landing Restaurant (corner 2nd Street and 4th Ave) at 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, Mar 16 - Fortuna Pond, meet at the Circle K at the corner of Ave 7E and Highway 95 at 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, Apr 13 - Bill Williams NWR, meet at IHOP restaurant at 8:00 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. We recorded 119 species in 2017. The 2018 CBC will be held on Dec 15th. Please contact Lin Piest at 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

Library Presentations
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 (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: 4 Dec 2018
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