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We're looking for film submissions for our 3rd annual White Mountain Nature Film Festival to be held June 13, 14, and 15 in Pinetop. Are you a filmmaker, or do you know someone who has made such a film and would like a place to show it?  Here's more information and an application for film submissions: www.whitemountainnaturefilmfestival.org



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



Apache & Navajo Counties

May 10, 2014

The 2014 (NAMC) will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The coordinator for Navajo County is Eric Hough. He states, “The goal of this effort is to count all individuals of all species across the various habitat types that occur within the county. From the Utah border to the Black River, Navajo County spans Great Basin desert-scrub, chaparral, pinyon-juniper woodlands, pine-oak forest, mixed-conifer forests, and varied riparian and wetland areas. Areas in Navajo County that can be covered include (but are not limited to) Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Whiteriver, Fort Apache, Corduroy Canyon just north of Carrizo, Cibecue, Pinedale, Linden, Aripine, Heber-Overgaard, a large portion of the Sitgreaves National Forest along the Mogollon Rim, Zeniff, Snowflake-Taylor, Woodruff, Holbrook, Joseph City, Winslow, Keams Canyon, Navajo National Monument, Kayenta, and Monument Valley. Participation for the full day is encouraged, but I will appreciate efforts of even 15 minutes watching yard feeders at some point during the day or incidental sightings while you're enroute to elsewhere. Nocturnal birding before dawn and/or after dusk is also encouraged if you have the time and willingness for some owling! You can go solo on count day or join small teams to cover particular areas if you prefer (less experienced birders can be placed with the more experienced). If you are interested in participating, please contact me before May 10th so I can coordinate area coverage among participants (to avoid duplication of efforts/counting the same birds twice). As usual, I will probably be traveling across the county covering whichever areas need coverage.

Last year we broke the previous years' records for number of participants (20), number of individual birds (4,686), and number of species (155). Let's see if we can top that this year!

            I hope you can all join us for this year's count!”

            Eric Hough can be reached at thebirdwhisperer@yahoo.com

Sue Sitko, who has been the Apache County NAMC coordinator for the past several years, cannot coordinate the count this year. We are looking for volunteers who could lead, or participate in, this survey. The survey involves forming as many teams as possible to bird various sites in Apache County, ranging from the Little Colorado River, Greer, and the high elevation lakes and forests, to the grasslands, woodlands, and Petrified Forest area if possible! Survey forms to tally all the day’s observations will be provided to you. If you have an interest in leading this count, OR if you have an interest in participating in it, please contact Doug Jenness at d_jenness@hotmail.com. Note that it’s “d_jenness” (underscore between “d” and “jenness”). The survey will be held on the same date as the rest of the NAMC’s. Please consider helping out with this survey!


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.

We are soliciting films to be shown at this event. Two categories of film will be shown: short- up to 17 minutes; features- up to 90 minutes. Deadline to submit films is April 30, 2014. Go to WWW.WhiteMountainNatureFilmFestival.org to find film submission entry form. Mail to P.O. Box 1123, Pinetop, AZ 85935

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 will soon be available. Admission to the films will be by donation.

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, 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