The San Pedro House will reopen March 21st!

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the San Pedro House will reopen on Monday, March 21st.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the past 2 years while we rode out the Covid storm. What a long, strange trip it’s been.

During the closure we took the opportunity to do a much-needed renovation of the inside of the San Pedro House. Please stop by and see the newly renovated store and check out the big clearance sale on the front porch. But, please don’t all come at once, because we are only allowing 10 people at a time in the store!

The San Pedro House will be open every day from 9:30am to 4:30pm. We look forward to seeing you.

Free! SEAZ Birds: The Missing Tracks

With spring approaching, birders will want to consult a free resource before heading outdoors locally: a digital audio collection called SEAZ Birds: The Missing Tracks.   This collection of the unique songs and calls of our regional specialties (missing from most birding apps) is now archived by the American Birding Association and available for online listening or for offline download into a smartphone music library:

https://www.aba.org/seaz-tracks/

The project was created by local birder Diana Doyle, who moved to Southeast Arizona to enjoy the unique birding region of the Madrean Sky Islands. Logging hours in the field, she noticed that many of the region’s unique borderland calls were missing in the popular national birding apps, whether it was a common species like Bewick’s Wren with its very different Mexican song, or a hoped-for rarity such as Eared Quetzal. SEAZ Birds: The Missing Tracks ultimately became a 117-track, 75-species, five-disc digital collection.

For additional information, read the liner notes.

Comment on Border Wall Remediation

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

CBP is seeking your input on proposed remediation actions associated with the construction of border barrier in Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz counties, Arizona, within the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Tucson Sector.

Concerned citizens can visit the remediation plan web page and submit comments to CBP according to their instructions before the February 3, 2022 deadline.

 

Read All About It – the Winter 2021-22 River Roundup is here!

Here’s What’s Happening!

Winter 2021-22 River Roundup

In This Issue: President’s Report… SPH Maintenance Help Sought… Ramsey Canyon CBC… Dutch Nagle Scholarship Winner… Murray Springs National Public Lands Day Event… Thank You Ron Stewart… Ft Huachuca Cleans Up SPH & Charleston Road Bridge… Fairbank Reunion… Verde Valley School Visit… Mormon Battalion… Erick Campbell… Christmas Along the San Pedro… Members… Contacts

Volunteer Service Agreement and List of Volunteer Services for FY 21-22

In order to complete the revised BLM Volunteer Service Agreement form and Attachment 1, Checklist of services to be performed, volunteers should review the Position Descriptions for each service they plan to provide during the course fiscal year starting October 1, 2021:

Dutch Nagle Scholarship

The Friends of the San Pedro River will award a two-semester scholarship for tuition and fees (not to exceed $2,800) to a second year, full or part-time student who has a 2.5 GPA or above, is enrolled as a Biology Major at Cochise College, is taking research credits with a Cochise College professor involved with San Pedro River research and is willing to participate in mutually agreed upon volunteer service with the Friends of the San Pedro River.

To apply, complete the application form (.doc) online and submit via email or alternately print and complete it (.pdf) and mail it to the Friends of the San Pedro River postal address. See the form for details.

BLM Plans Safety and Access Improvements at San Pedro House

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management’s Tucson Field Office will construct a permanent fence near the San Pedro House located in the BLM-administered San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area near Sierra Vista along Highway 90. The work will occur where a temporary fence was previously installed to protect the visiting public from falling branch hazards from a large Cottonwood tree. Some of the trails in the nearby Demonstration Garden will be surfaced with crushed stone to improve accessibility. The work is planned from Jan. 11 ― Feb. 11.

“The work is necessary to ensure that the public continues to safely visit the San Pedro House and enjoys improved access to the popular area,” said Tucson Field Manager Jayme Lopez.

During the work, the area around the fence, including the Demonstration Garden, will be temporarily unavailable to protect public safety. Temporary fencing will remain, and signs will be posted notifying the public of the work and associated hazards. Access to the popular San Pedro Trail will remain available during construction.

For further information contact the Field Manager, 3201 E. Universal Way, Tucson, Arizona 85756-5021; (520) 258-7200, or Email: blm_az_tfoweb@blm.gov.

Bureau of Land Management Risk Management Worksheets for FSPR Volunteers

The Bureau of Land Management has provided Risk Managment Worksheets (RMW) for the current fiscal year.  Volunteers are asked to review the RMWs for the volunteer duties they expect to perform.