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Birdathon Dates May 1 - 31

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 develops an understanding of scientific concepts by way of 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 Tom Jernigan, WMAS treasurer, in June. Use the WMAS Audubon address: P.O. Box 3043, Pinetop, AZ 85935. 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.

Global Big Day

Saturday, May 9

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 9. 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 9 (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:

1. “Scout” your birding spots for May 9. 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.

2. 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

Saturday, August 29

White Mountain Audubon and White Mountain Nature Center are holding the 9th Annual Nature Film Festival on August 29. The Festival is being held at the White Mountain Nature Center, 425 S. Woodland Rd., Lakeside. Time is 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Film programs provide entertainment as well as giving information about nature, wildlife, and conservation.

The Film Festival raises funds for the educational programs that WMAS 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. The film screenings and dinner menu have not yet been finalized – stay tuned for more detail.

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.

High Country Hummer's Festival

Saturday, July 25

The 17th annual High Country Hummers Festival will again be sponsored by AZ G & F 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 25. 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 & Fish, White Mountain Audubon Society, U.S. Forest Service and the Round Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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
  • Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center will have an exhibit with live birds and other wildlife
  • 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


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, and Sharp - shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Townsend’s Solitaire and Belted Kingfisher. All levels of birding are welcome.