Join the Ramsey Canyon CBC on Friday, Dec. 16

Many of you have participated in the Ramsey Canyon Christmas Bird Count (RCCBC) in prior years.  During the 2013 count, 108 participants documented 147 bird species.  We have decided to revive the RCCBC this year, with some changes to past counts.

The 2016 count date will be Friday, December 16th.  Karen LeMay will be the point of contact for organizing teams and fielding questions.  Please respond directly to Karen LeMay by sending email to karenlemay@cox.net or by calling (520) 378-3262.

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Descriptions of volunteer services

New! In order to complete the revised BLM Volunteer Service Agreement form (available in hardcopy) for fiscal year 2017 starting October 1, 2016, volunteers should check each of the boxes listing the services they plan to provide during the course of the year.  The volunteer roles associated with those services are described in the pages below:

Volunteer at Fairbank Schoolhouse!

Fairbank Schoolhouse

Fairbank Schoolhouse

It’s so isolated out there! It’s too far! It’s too boring! Those are reasons I hear from volunteers about not working at the Schoolhouse. I find them pretty amazing because I have found the volunteering there to be fascinating, peaceful, and a great learning experience. I have met people from all over the world there, and they all love to talk. It is fun to watch the kids that come in and decide to play school. They are so excited! And the adults are really impressed with our museum displays and our new brochure.   Continue reading

In Memory of Lester Mauk

Lester Mauk volunteering for FSPR

Lester Mauk volunteering for FSPR

Lester Mauk passed away at age 86 on Thursday, June 5th, 2014.  Lester was a founding member of the Friends of the San Pedro River way back in 1987. He was committed to the conservation of the river, especially the portion that eventually became the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.  With over 4000 hours of volunteer time at the Friends, he could be found at the San Pedro House most days with tools in hand clearing the trails, chatting with visitors, or manning the onsite book store.  Learn more at the link below.

Lester Mauk Jun 5 2014

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Training

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Attend upcoming cuckoo training! If you are interested in volunteering for cuckoo surveys, this training is quite valuable. There will be a session in southeast Arizona on June 25 and 26. As you know, the western population of this species of greatest conservation need is proposed for federal listing as threatened. The final decision is pending this fall.

San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, BLM, Hereford AZ

  • 25 June 2014:  12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 26 June 2014:  6:00 am – 10:00 am

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FSPR Lecture Series: Saving the San Pedro River

The Friends of the San Pedro River will host Steve Pawlowski, the Water Sentinels program coordinator for the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Steve Pawlowski of the Sierra Club

Steve Pawlowski of the Sierra Club

Come learn how we can use citizen science, hands-on conservation, and advocacy to help shape a more sustainable future for one of the most ecologically significant rivers of the Southwest. March 20 at 7 p.m. at the BLM/Forest Service public meeting room, 4070 E Avenida Saracino, Hereford (off Hwy. 92 between Ramsey and Carr Canyon Roads).

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more info, call 520-459-2555 or visit www.sanpedroriver.org.