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, Northern Arizona University, California State Parks, and The Nature Conservancy. 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.
Day one (July 1) is classroom instruction: Patagonia Creative Arts Association's Tin Shed Theater, 304 Naugle Ave. Patagonia.
Day two (July 2) is protocol practice at The Nature Conservancy's Sonoita Creek Preserve. For this activity, we will divide the class into teams of about 10 people, ensuring that participants get individualized attention and can ask questions as they arise in a small group setting. The class will meet in Patagonia and carpool to the Sonoita Creek Preserve. There is no additional fee for day 2 activities, however, we ask that you sign-up for a field team when you register. To ease logisitics, try to sign up with folks you'll be surveying with in the field, or with people you are traveling to the training with. Following practice at Sonoita Creek, we'll visit nearby occupied cuckoo habitat in Madrean evergreen woodland and xeroriparian habitat in Coronado National Forest.
Instructors for classroom and field experience
- Nick Beauregard, NAU
- Troy Corman, AZGFD
- Christina Kondrat-Smith, AZGFD
- Jennie MacFarland, Tucson Audubon
- Shannon McNeil, California State Parks
- Steven Prager, Audubon Arizona
- Susan Sferra, USFWS
- Cathy Wise, Audubon Arizona
Questions? Contact Cathy Wise for more information.