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The White Mountain Audubon Society is one of the most active Audubon Chapters in Arizona, hosting birders from our community and the world with a wide variety of activities and bird watching opportunities. Our Calendar is a brief description of most of our activities by date.

Check the Special Events and Field Trips pages for additions, changes, and updates. Updates will also appear in the WMAS newsletter and the White Mountain Independent or call (928) 367-2462.

White Mountain Audubon Programs and Birding Walks 2018

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What Are We Up To?

Western Screech Owl
Photo by Barbara L. Davis

All WMAS monthly programs begin at 6:30 pm. The location for the programs will be the White Mountain Nature Center, 425 S. Woodland Rd., Lakeside, until further notice. Monthly Bird Walks are listed on this schedule.

For directions to meet-up locations please see the separate Birding Walk (Field trip) schedule available on the Field Trips page or in print at WMAS General Meetings and the Nature Center. All are welcome at the General Meetings and field trips.

March 7 – - Mary Ellen Bittorf, WMAS President, will present “Feathers: Form and Function.” She is certified to possess bird feathers and will talk about the design of various feathers and how it relates to various bird species activity. She will also talk about how birds engineer their nests.

April 4 – Larry and Gwen Ethelbah will present a program entitled “Fire: It Changes Everything.” Learn about and see photos of changes in flora and fauna after fire.

April 14 – Birding Walk at Old Hatchery Trail.

May 2 - WMAS “Members Night.” We would like our members to participate. Bring a photo, thumb drive, or picture of a bird (or other wildlife) and share with us at our meeting. Tell us something about your selection. The more variety, the better.

May 19 – - Birding Walk at Pintail Lake.

June 2 – Birding Walk at White Mountain Nature Center.

June 6 – Mike Cross, AZ Game & Fish, will talk about his on-going Band-tailed pigeon study. The study area includes the back yards of homes in the White Mountains (including WMAS members).

June 23 – Special Program: Mary Ellen Bittorf, WMAS President, will present “Feathers and Nests” at the Nature Center at 10 am. She will explain how birds fly and how birds engineer their nests. Then there will be an easy walk to check on the new Nest Box Trail.

July 11 - Dr. Larisa Harding, AZ Game & Fish, says bird surveys in Arizona show a significant increase in the number of cormorants, but little is known about how they impact native and sport fish populations. To better manage the birds and aquatic resources, the AZ Game and Fish Department is researching cormorant distributions and numbers and collecting data on the their feeding habits. Management strategies (e.g., stocking larger fish, or changes in time of stocking, etc.) can then be recommended. FYI, some WMAS members have been involved in the surveys.

July 14 – WMAS and Nature Center Film Festival at White Mountain Nature Center, 425 Woodland Rd, Lakeside. Film presentations TBA. Dinner & beverage, 5-9 pm. Tickets available at WM Nature Center and Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce or from WMAS Board member. (928) 367-2462.

July 21 – Birding Walk at Silver Creek State Fish Hatchery.

August 1 – Jennifer Johnson, US Fish & Wildlife, and Tim Gatewood, Tribal Fisheries biologist, will address what’s happening with indigenous Apache trout and efforts to save it and other species.

August 18 – Birding Walk at Blue Ridge Trail#1.

September 5 – Nancy Brown, Recreation Technician at Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River area, will present a program on the history of this beautiful area and how it was brought back from destruction by a special permit policy. She will include the many birds and critters found at Fossil Creek. She has extensive experience with Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix.

September 15 – Birding Walk at Sheeps Crossing area.

October 3 – Nancy and Cary Meister from Yuma Audubon, will present “Birds of Yuma.” They are longtime Yuma residents and lead birding field trips.

October (TBA) – - Special Birding trip to Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

November 7 – Donovan Hanridge and family will tell us about the nestbox project they’re doing and the species of birds here in the White Mountains that they’ve surveyed for 2018. Donovan will also tell about his birding camp in Mexico.

December 5 – Holiday Party & Pot Luck. Ron Miller, BIA Forester, retired, will talk about the Trees of the White Mountains. His photos will include Christmas trees that go to the White House and decorated holiday trees in the Caribbean.