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 fspr@sanpedroriver.org or call (520) 459-2555.  We need to plan lunch for everyone attending!

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 www.sonorandesert.org for more information.

BLM to Host Resource Management Plan Meeting on May 19th

The BLM will host a public meeting from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on May 19th at their Sierra Vista office, 4070 S Avenida Saracino, Hereford AZ.  The public is invited to hear and comment on the four alternatives that have been identified for consideration in the updated San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) Resource Management Plan (RMP) that is under development.  For more information, contact the BLM Public Affairs Specialist, Adam Milnor, at (520) 258-7223.

The Friends of the San Pedro River urge you to attend to voice your support for continued preservation of our precious riparian area with its rich wildlife habitat and unique cultural resources.

1st Annual Young Birders Camp – June 12-14

Arizona_Young_Birders_Camp_2015What: Young Birders Camp
When: June 12-14th, 2015
Where: Cave Creek Canyon, Chiricahuas
Fee: $150 per individual
Registration deadline:  March 31st (soon!)

Please feel free to share this announcement with any young birders you may know.

This birding camp is designed to draw together young birders from around the state of Arizona and to provide them with the opportunity to learn about birds, ecology, and conservation in the company of their peers.  The camp is open to youths between the ages of 8 and 18 years and welcomes birders of all skill levels, including novices.

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Members Hike to Charleston CANCELLED

The FSPR member-only hike to Charleston that was scheduled for October 18th is CANCELLED.
Richard Bauer, our ace historian and guide, checked out the area and found that the routes we normally use are impassible because of changes to the river and high water.  FSPR will reschedule for this winter when the River is lower and can be crossed without risk.

Ron Stewart
Operations Committee Chairperson/Cultural Docent

FSPR Lecture: Springs of the Sky Islands

SIA_SpringsTalkJoin us on Thursday, November 20, 7 PM for the FSPR Lecture: Springs of the Sky Islands. Learn about the nature of springs, their importance in our region, what threatens them, and how they can be protected in this lecture presented by Carianne Campbell, Landscape Restoraton Program Manager at Sky Islands Alliance. Springs are keystone ecosystems in the Sky Island Region, exert disproportionate influence on surrounding landscapes, and are known to be biodiversity hotspots.  Hear about approaches to management of springs through adaptive planning, as well as recruiting, training and retaining volunteers involved in restoration efforts.

The lecture will take place at 4070 E Avenida Saracino in Hereford (the new BLM San Pedro Project Office on Highway 92 between Ramsey and Carr Canyon Roads). The lecture is free and open to the public.