WMA Logo

Caring for Injured or Juvenile Birds & Animals




Audubon Launches Multistate Rivers Advocacy Network

Chapter members and friends invited to join

          In the arid West we are all connected by rivers; they are the lifeblood of our land, our economy, our way of life. Western rivers—including the Colorado, the Verde, the Gila and the San Pedro, provide water for tens of millions of people, including twenty-two Native American tribes and the cities of Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque and Tucson.

            We aren’t alone in our reliance on western rivers. Ninety percent of Central Flyway birds depend on these waterways for their survival.

            Unfortunately our rivers are in jeopardy. Drought, invasive species, over-allocation and unsustainable management are running our rivers dry. Many of the birds that depend on them, like the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Bell’s Vireo, are in decline, and the future of the communities and economies surrounding our rivers is uncertain.

            Audubon is taking a major step to address the threats to our western rivers. This spring we’re launching the Western Rivers Action Network, a multistate grassroots coalition to advocate for our rivers and the bird species that depend on them.

           To lead the development of the Arizona network, we’ve engaged Sarah Luna, a seasoned conservation professional who brings a wealth of skills to Audubon. Sarah will be reaching out to Audubon members across the state to get your input on how to make the Western Rivers Action Network a success and to find out how the network can support your chapter’s riparian conservation work.

Interested in being a part of the Western Rivers Action Network? There are many opportunities for volunteer advocates! Contact us to find out more. Email riosalado@audubon.org or Sarah Porter at sporter@audubon.org.

Pinetop at 928-367-4281.



MAY 2014

            Again in 2014, the Birdathon will be held for the entire month of May. This will allow everyone who wants to participate time to obtain pledges and then go out birding. Birdathon has been our primary fundraiser since White Mountain Audubon Society began in 1987. Every year since that time people have gotten pledges from their families and friends and then tried to see as many different species as possible in the Birdathon time frame of usually 2-4 days. People can pledge a certain amount for each species or donate a flat amount to the effort and then participants turned in their donations to the treasurer of WMAS. These funds have been used for educational programs including scholarships, Audubon Adventures to schools and libraries and the Beginning Birder's Workshop.

            This year please consider participating in the Birdathon; if you have any questions or need more information please contact Mary Ellen Bittorf at 367-2462


Beginning Birder’s Workshop

Pinetop-Lakeside Town Center

Saturday, May, 24, 2014

9:00-11:00 am

White Mountain Audubon Society offers the Beginning Birder’s Workshop each year to the public to help people learn the basics of bird identification. The workshop begins at 9 am and will end around 11:00am. A small handout will be available; the fee is $10 per person and $15 for a couple.

Other topics that will be covered in the workshop are:

  • How to attract birds to your yard
  • How to select and use binoculars
  • Introduction into how to use a field guide for bird identification and an opportunity to look at various bird guides
  • How to care for bird feeders in your yard
  • Great local spots for watching birds
  • Plantings for your yard that birds would enjoy
           We have planned a short walk to Rainbow Lake to look for birds and use your new skills.. This is a wonderful, once a year opportunity to learn more about bird-watching and improve your ability to learn the birds you see in your yard, on your walks or while you are looking out your kitchen window.

           White Mountain Audubon is dedicated to the enjoyment of birds and other wildlife by providing environmental leadership and awareness through fellowship, education, community involvement, and conservation programs in the White Mountains and surrounding areas.

           White Mountain Audubon Society has monthly meetings from March-November at 6:30 pm on the first Wednesday of those months, except July when it is held the 2nd Wednesday. At each meeting we have a speaker who informs/educates us about many different topics in the areas of science, nature/wildlife and conservation. All meetings are held at the Pinetop-Lakeside Town Council Chambers.

           Please RSVP to Mary Ellen Bittorf at 367-2462 by May 16th if you plan on attending the BBW.

           Everyone is welcome!!



Presented by White Mountain Audubon Society

June 13-15, 2014 in Pinetop-Lakeside

The 3rd Annual WM Nature Film Festival will begin on June 13th with a reception/buffet to be held at El Rancho Restaurant in Pinetop at 5 pm. The reception will include a buffet, viewing of short films, and an opportunity to meet filmmakers. Tickets for the reception/buffet are $25, available from White Mountain Audubon Society members.

All films will be shown at Unity Church at 257 Woodland Rd on Saturday, June 14th and Sunday, June 15th. A listing of films and showing times are on this website's home page.

White Mountain Audubon Society is presenting the festival to provide enjoyment, entertainment and information about nature, wildlife and conservation. It is also to raise funds for the educational programs that we sponsor each year. These programs are scholarships and a science curriculum called Audubon Adventures which is used in classrooms and libraries.

For more information you may contact Mary Ellen at 367-2462 or Tom & Liz Jernigan at 532-1510 or lizntom@frontiernet.net

All are welcome.



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sheri Williamson and her banding crew will, once again, return to Sipe Wildlife Area for an activity filled morning on July 26h. Activities begin at 8 and end at noon.

This event is sponsored by AZ Game & Fish Department, assisted by Southeastern AZ Bird Observatory, White Mountain Audubon Society, Springerville Rotary Club, and Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce.  Please take time to enjoy the displays in the Sipe Visitor Center.

Several 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. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the lives and habits of these amazing birds. It is possible to see Calliope, Broad-tailed, Black-chinned and Rufous Hummingbirds as well as other birds in the surrounding area.

Remember to wear comfortable 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 Hgwy 191 going toward Alpine. Turn right off of Hgwy191, approximately 2 miles at the signed turnoff at the top of the first hill. Follow the dirt road for 5 miles. For more information, please call AZ G&F Department in Pinetop at 928-367-4281.



Saturday, January, 3, 2015

People interested in participating in the 2014 CBC for our area will meet at Bobbi Jo’s Restaurant in Pinetop at 7:00 am for breakfast and then will organize into teams to cover the nearby areas for counting bird species. Please dress warmly; bring binoculars, a bird guide, snacks, lunch and water for the day of birding/counting.

The first CBC was held in 1900 and is the largest, longest-running animal census on earth. This 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 online, instead of print, and also online in Spanish. Over 60,000 volunteers help with this effort each year in North America, the Caribbean and Latin America.

The White Mountain area is known for its wintering waterfowl and Bald Eagles. Some birds seen on last year’s count are: Canvasback, Redhead Duck, Hooded Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestral, Ruby- crowned Kinglet, Townsend’s Solitare, Swainson’s Thrush and Belted Kingfisher. Usually more than 60 species are counted in the ten-mile radius circle on this day.

It is a fun event and all levels of birding skill are welcome and encouraged to participate.

For more information, please call 367-2462 or email mcbitt30@cableone.net