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.

Sunday AM EOP walks need docents

Tour leaders needed for Sunday morning bird walks at the Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park! 

These walks take about 3 hours. You do not need to be a birding “expert” since most of the people who attend know quite a lot about birds and only want the ability to get inside the EOP fence. The main duties are to get people to sign the waiver form, unlock and lock the gates, make sure people stay on the paths, and create a bird list for the tour. Training is minimal and will be provided at your convenience. Please contact Dutch Nagle (dutchpat@cox.net or 378-7229) if you can help out

Water Sentinels need you!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

For the past two years the Arizona Water Sentinels, a sub group of the Sierra Club, has been doing Water Quality testing at several sites along the San Pedro River. They are in need of volunteers to continue with this study.

The duties entail going to one or two sites, taking air temperature, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, PH level, conductivity, total dissolved solids, and e-coli measurements. No special skills are required; we will teach you how to use the instruments.
E-mail Jayne Knoche to sign up