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  • 22 Sep 2014 4:14 PM | Sheri Williamson (Administrator)

    The hummingbird banding session this Friday, September 26 at Casa de San Pedro Bed & Breakfast is back on the calendar. Our hosts have made good progress in cleanup following serious flooding last week and will be ready for both guests and visitors by Friday.

    The Saturday session at the San Pedro House will also go on as planned (barring another hurricane!). Last Saturday's session produced large numbers of Black-chinned Hummingbirds, a surprise juvenile male Allen's, and an adaptable young male Rufous (see photos below). Hummingbird "adoptions" are again available for a contribution of $25.

       
    Note the very narrow outer tail feathers, the most visible characteristic separating Allen's from Rufous in female and juvenile male plumages.
    The tiny white spheres covering the forehead of this young male Rufous are pollen grains from the native Trans-Pecos Morning-glory, which has tiny scarlet flowers that remain open all day.


  • 19 Sep 2014 12:32 PM | Sheri Williamson (Administrator)

    From YouTube, video of flooding in Cave Creek Canyon by Portal resident Deborah Johnson:

  • 18 Sep 2014 4:44 PM | Sheri Williamson (Administrator)

    Heavy rainfall from former Hurricane Odile has resulted in some short-term access issues around southeastern Arizona, including Ramsey Canyon Preserve, the Hereford Road bridge across the San Pedro River, Blue Haven Road through Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Portal Road into Cave Creek Canyon, and Frontier Road in the southwestern Sulphur Springs Valley. Back roads in many areas, including the Sulphur Springs Valley, may be impassable to vehicles without high clearance and 4-wheel drive. If you plan to visit any of these areas over the next few days, have an alternate destination and/or route planned and respect all barricades and signage.

    UPDATE: This weekend's hummingbird banding session at Casa de San Pedro B&B has been canceled. The inn's grounds and building experienced serious flooding as the river crested at near-record levels.

  • 01 Sep 2014 6:00 PM | Sheri Williamson (Administrator)


    SABO's very popular hummingbird adoption program is up and running again! With a contribution of $25, visitors to our hummingbird banding stations can sponsor a banded hummingbird and help support our ongoing research and outreach efforts. Adoptions include a personalized certificate and notifications if the bird is re-encountered.

    Hummingbird banding season ends soon! Check our Calendar of Events for upcoming banding sessions.

  • 27 Jun 2014 10:06 AM | Sheri Williamson (Administrator)
    The company that provides SABO's membership and event services will conduct a service upgrade tonight that will result in this portion of the Web site being inaccessible for up to 10 hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • 23 May 2014 6:48 AM | Sheri Williamson (Administrator)
    Another scheduling conflict requires us to reschedule the Saturday, May 31 banding session at the San Pedro House to Sunday June. 1. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding and support.
  • 16 May 2014 9:35 AM | Sheri Williamson (Administrator)
    The May 24 hummingbird banding session at the San Pedro House has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict. We apologize for any inconvenience that may result from this change.
  • 21 Apr 2014 12:26 PM | Sheri Williamson (Administrator)
    Thanks to the efforts of wildland fire crews and recent rains, the Brown fire in the northern Huachuca Mountains east of Sierra Vista is now 100% contained. Ramsey Canyon Preserve and Huachuca Canyon have reopened.

    The storms that helped to douse the Brown fire produced lightning that started a grassland fire north of the Huachucas, but that fire has also been contained.

    Bird on!
  • 16 Apr 2014 7:08 AM | Sheri Williamson (Administrator)
    Areas currently closed in the vicinity of the Brown fire:
    • Garden Canyon (Ft. Huachuca)
    • Huachuca Canyon (Ft. Huachuca)
    • Brown Canyon Ranch (north of Ramsey Canyon Rd.) and trails in the area (USFS)
    • Ramsey Canyon Preserve (TNC)
    High winds are predicted today. We wish the fire crews success in their efforts to contain the blaze.
  • 14 Apr 2014 3:54 PM | Sheri Williamson (Administrator)
    The 2014 fire season has begun in southeastern Arizona. Fire crews are battling the Brown Canyon fire, a small (<100 acres) human-caused blaze on the western slope of the Huachuca Mountains.

    This fire is far from populated areas and popular birding destinations and unlikely to cause serious problems for residents or visitors, but high fire danger and/or future fires may result in closures of public lands. We will do our best to keep the birding community informed about closures and other safety advisories from public lands agencies.

    Updates on wildfires throughout Arizona are available on Inciweb.

    (Photo of fire retardant drop by Tom Wood.)
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