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White Mountain Audubon SPECIAL EVENTS - 2019



May 1st- 31st

The Birdathon has been a fundraiser of WMAS for many years. It is an opportunity to help White Mountain Audubon Society raise money for the educational programs we sponsor and support. The main program is our $1,000 scholarship awarded to a White Mountain area high school senior. The other program, Audubon Adventures, is an environmental education program for grades 3-7. It presents basic, scientifically accurate information about birds and wildlife.

The steps to participate are: volunteers ask their family, friends and coworkers to sponsor them with a donation to WMAS. Then spend time birdwatching to see how many different species you can see in the month. Inform your sponsors of the birds you saw, how many total species and where seen. Collect money from sponsors and turn in to Chuck Bittorf, WMAS treasurer in June. Turn in a list of all the birds you see in June to Mary Ellen Bittorf.

Please consider doing the Birdathon yourself or sponsor someone who is doing it. May is the perfect time to bird in the White Mountains with all the local birds and the migrants returning or passing through.

Birder's Workshop

June 29th

White Mountain Audubon Society offers a Birder's Workshop each year. It is an opportunity to learn a few tips for bird identification. Mary Ellen Bittorf, WMAS President, is certified to collect feathers and nests and will bring her collection to demonstrate how birds fly and engineer their nests. Join in on an easy walk to check out the new Nest Box Trail. The program begins at 10 am at the White Mountain Nature Center, 425 S. Woodland Rd., Lakeside.

Global Big Day

Saturday, May 4th

The North American Migration Count (NAMC) has grown now to be a global annual event, called the "Global Big Day." It is a day to get out and see as many birds as possible. The Global Big Day in Arizona is Saturday, May 4th. Birders record their species seen, and individuals counted, and contribute to a growing database of changes or trends in bird populations and movements over time. Data will now be collected and organized through the free, open website eBird (www.ebird.org), making it much easier for birders to submit their information. Be a part of Global Big Day in Arizona! Go birding anywhere on Saturday, May 4th (of course we are keen to get some good bird sightings in Navajo, Apache, and Greenlee counties). Keep track of the birds you see and the number of individuals. After your wonderful birdwatching outing, log onto eBird and input your data under the "Submit Observations" tab at the top.

If you have used eBird before, it is handled like any other trip list. If you have not used eBird, this is a great opportunity to get started. Set up a free account and then submit your observations. From now on, you can create online trip lists that others can see, and you can start creating your permanent electronic journal of your bird sightings. You can add older trips to your account, and use eBird as a digital diary of your life list.

Last year’s Global Big Day featured more than 60% of the world’s bird species in a single day, with sightings coming in from more than 17,500 eBirders spread across 154 countries. Here are a couple of quick ways to have the most fun:

  • "Scout” your birding spots for May 4th
  • Finding where the birds are ahead of time makes the big day birding more fun, and also gives you more chances to be out enjoying birds. Learn how to use eBird to find birds.
  • Get a friend involved. Perhaps this is a good birding buddy, or someone who has never been birding before. Make it a friendly competition, or join forces as a Global Big Day team. Check it out on Facebook.

No matter what you do—have a great time, enjoy the birds around you, and let us know what you find!

White Mountain Nature Film Festival

Spend an Evening with Nature

Saturday, July 13, 2019

White Mountain Audubon and White Mountain Nature Center is holding the 8th Annual Nature Film Festival on Saturday, July 13. The Festival is being held at the White Mountain Nature Center, 425 S. Woodland Rd., Lakeside. Time is 4:30 to 8:30 pm. The evening will include a buffet dinner with beer or wine included. Los Corrales will cater the dinner. Three film programs will focus on nature, wildlife, and conservation. The Film Festival raises funds for the educational programs that Audubon and the Nature Center sponsor each year. These programs include a scholarship to a graduating senior, a school science program and Nature Center's Discovery programs. Film titles are as follows:

6:00 pm – Petrified Forest: Land, Culture and Sustenance by Byron Sletten and Michele Havens. This film uses the unique beauty of the Petrified Forest and its surrounding Painted Desert as well as historical photos to frame how land influenced culture, agriculture and food needs.

6:30 pm – Spring Bird Migration – Gulf of Mexico by Barb Davis. Birds make the Gulf Coast of the United States one of their first stops on long migrations from Central and South America. Barb has captured on film some of these beautiful and varied bird species on their yearly trek north.

7:30 pm – Big Horn Sheep by Ole Alcumbrac. This local veterinarian is also Director of Wildlife Health Services which specializes in immobilization and capture of native and exotic species. This film shows the work he has done in facilitating the relocation of Big Horn Sheep to the White Mountains.

Tickets can be purchased from the WM Nature Center and from WMAS Board members. Tickets are $25 and seating is limited. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Bittorf at mcbitt30@cableone.net or at (928) 367-2462 or Liz Jernigan at lizntom@frontiernet.net or (928) 532-1510. Join us for an entertaining “Evening with Nature”.

High Country Hummer's Festival

Saturday, July 27th


The 16th annual High Country Hummers Festival will again be sponsored by AZ Game & Fish Department. Sheri Williamson, with Southeastern Bird Observatory, along with her banding crew will return to Sipe Wildlife Area for an activity filled morning on July 27th. Southeastern Bird Observatory is a non-profit scientific and educational organization located in Bisbee.

Activities begin at 8am and end at approx. noon. Other organizations that partner with AZ G & F are Round Valley Chamber of Commerce, White Mountain Audubon Society, and the U.S. Forest Service. Activities will be ongoing during the morning, but the main event is watching the hundreds of hummingbirds that visit the area in summer and seeing Sheri and her volunteers collect, measure, weigh, assess and band the birds. Some of the activities planned for this year are:

  • Birding for kids - the kids may make their own hummingbird feeder
  • Hummers that may be seen are Calliope, Broad-tailed, Black-chinned and Rufous. Many other bird species may be sighted in the area as well.

Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen; bring water snacks/lunch and your camera in order to enjoy a morning in the beautiful White Mountains of eastern Arizona.

Sipe Wildlife Area is located south of Eagar. Take Hwy 191 going toward Alpine and turn right off of 191 approx. 2 miles at the signed turn off at the top of the first hill. Follow the dirt road for 5 miles. For more information call, AZ G &F Department in Pinetop at 928 367-4281.

Timber Mesa Christmas Bird Count

January 4th, 2020

The Timber Mesa CBC is held each year between Dec 14th and Jan 5th. The first CBC was held in 1900 and is the largest, longest-running animal census on earth. The citizen science program collects data each year that is vital for land management decisions and wildlife policy. There is no fee to participate and the annual published report, American Birds, will be available on line.

We meet at 7am at Darby's Restaurant in Pinetop for breakfast. Then we divide into groups to cover as much as possible of the designated 15-mile wide diameter circle. Birders count species and numbers of each species, record and then turn in what they saw to the count compiler, Mary Ellen Bittorf at (928) 367-2462 or email mcbitt30@cableone.net

The White Mountain area is known for its wintering waterfowl and Bald Eagles. Some birds seen on recent CBC's are: Canvasback, Redhead Duck, Hooded Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American kestrel, Townsend’s solitaire and Belted Kingfisher. All levels of birding are welcome.