Join us for Friends Rendezvous Oct. 17

2015 Rendezvous InviteGet to know your fellow volunteers and members at the Friends Rendezvous!

We are planning a rendezvous of our volunteers and members on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Meet before 10:30 am at Fairbank Historic Townsite.  See the Contact Us page of the website for map and directions to Fairbank.

Check out the renovations as the Schoolhouse Annex and the Fairbank Library. Gift certificates will be awarded to our most dedicated volunteers! Lunch with beverages provided!  BBQ chicken or pulled pork from Café Roka.  Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share along with your own plate and utensils.

See the event flyer for details.  Please RSVP!!! Email or call (520) 459-2555.  We need to plan lunch for everyone attending!

Latest edition of River Roundup

Current Issue of the River Roundup

Summer 2015 River Roundup Newsletter

In This Issue:

Villages at Vigneto… Board Comings & Goings… Wet-Dry Mapping… Girl Scouts, Painting & Birding Guide… BLM Draft RMP Alternatives… New Library at Fairbank… Southwest Wings… Water Awareness Month… Game Camera Photo… San Pedro River Valley Transportation in 1800s… Calendar… Members… Contacts

Does Villages at Vigneto threaten the San Pedro River?

Does the proposed Villages at Vigneto development planned for Benson pose a threat to the San Pedro River? Is groundwater pumping for the planned 27,000+ homes sustainable? Or is this a repeat of unconstrained development like that of California?

Call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to re-evaluate impacts of this huge, prospective city-sized development that threatens to adversely impact the San Pedro River, a Global Important Bird Area, migration corridor and biodiversity hot spot.  Learn more in the Arizona Daily Star article.

Report on geology of the San Pedro

Geology and Geomorphology of the San Pedro River

Geology and Geomorphology of the San Pedro River

A new Special Paper by the Arizona Geological Survey details the geology and geomorphology of the San Pedro River. The report’s 15 illustrations include annotated photographs, geologic maps and cross sections, and comparative photographs that evince changes in river channel morphology over the past years and decades.

The perennial San Pedro flows over one-hundred miles north-northwest from the US-Mexico frontier to its confluence with the Gila River near Winkelman, Arizona. Babocomari River and Aravaipa Creek are its two major tributaries. The San Pedro drains an area of about 4,720 sq. miles – nearly the size of Connecticut. During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the San Pedro River downcut dramatically, leaving the former floodplain 5 to 30 feet above the modern channel.

Deadline approaching for comments on SPRNCA RMP alternatives

Help Ensure Good Stewardship in the SPRNCA RMP

Send Comments to BLM by Wednesday, June 10

The deadline for public comments on the Resource Management Plan alternatives is fast approaching. If you care about good stewardship of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, please take the time to send your comments to the Bureau of Land Management.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Tucson

Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Advance Tickets can be purchased at the Tucson Audubon Nature Shop!: $8
Day Of: $10

At the Loft Cinema

The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection is proud to once again be hosting The Wild and Scenic Film Festival! This event is a collection of films from the annual festival held each January in Nevada City, CA. Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet.

Tucson Audubon will have music, local conservation organizations tabling, and a fabulous raffle with unique items from local sponsors. Join them for this memorable and inspiring event! Visit for more information.