Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Survey Training

Registration for the 2022 Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey training is now closed as capacity has been reached. To add to the waitlist, please contact Cathy Wise

In order to protect the health and well-being of training facilitators, participants, and volunteers and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the communities in which we work, the 2022 Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveyor training will be offered in a hybrid format, with a virtual classroom session on June 23rd followed by an in-person field session on June 24th. Two field sites are available - one on the Santa Cruz River south of Tucson and the other at the Hassayampa River Preserve west of Phoenix.

Audubon Arizona is hosting this training in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the AZ Game and Fish Department, the Bureau of Land Management, Tucson Audubon. and Northern Arizona University. The USFWS requires biologists to complete this training prior to being permitted to conduct surveys. In most cases, Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveyors are required to attend this training every 2-3 years. Experienced surveyors new to AZ should attend this training. Space is limited and preference will be given to those with field work scheduled.

If you're a permitted surveyor and were just looking to brush up on your skills and get equpped with the latest resources and forms, please visit the US Fish and Wildlife Services website.

Questions? Contact Cathy Wise for more information.

The Sonoran Audubon Society is still actively recruiting interns for this year's cuckoo season. For more information, contact Karen LaFrance at

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