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Audubon Southwest
June 2022 Newsletter
South Belen
Notes from the Rio, June 2022
From Paul Tashjian, Director of Freshwater Conservation.

Things are so much easier in New Mexico when it rains. When last you heard from me, it was July of 2021 and I was finding joy and reasons for optimism as summer rains transformed our arid farmlands into a lush green corridor and sent needed flows down the water-deprived Rio Grande. Today, following another dry spring, and the latest heart-breaking news on the Hermit Peak Fire (now at record breaking size for our state), I’m trying to comprehend the overall stressed state of our rivers and forests. Read more
The Rio Grande near Belen, New Mexico. Water in this photo is sourced from environmental water leases and is essential to keeping this portion of the river vibrant through dry times of the year. Photo: Quantina Martine/Audubon Southwest
Western Tanager. Photo: Ann Kramer/Audubon Photography Awards
Building a Resilient Arizona by Investing in the State's Natural Resources
Read about Audubon's state budget priorities for the 2022 legislative session here

Construyendo un Arizona resiliente invirtiendo en los recursos naturales del EstadoSiga leyendo para conocer nuestras prioridades presupuestarias estatales para la sesión legislativa de Arizona de 2022 aquí.
Western Tanager. Photo: Ann Kramer/Audubon Photography Awards
United for the Rio
United for the Rio: How we celebrated Earth Day
Audubon Southwest collaborated with pro soccer team New Mexico United to celebrate Earth Day and promote conservation of the Rio Grande.
Audubon staff had the honor of delivering the game ball during an April match against San Antonio. Photo: Alex Hanna
Quantina Martine at the Los Chaves outfall collecting water temperature data. Water temperature is important for the survival of aquatic species during dry summer months in the Rio Grande.
Audubon Southwest Staff Highlight: Quantina Martine
Water Research Associate and Passionate Collaborator Read more
Quantina Martine at the Los Chaves outfall collecting water temperature data. Water temperature is important for the survival of aquatic species during dry summer months in the Rio Grande.
Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Audubon Southwest's Bird of the Month: Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo
(Coccyzus americanus occidentalisRead more
Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Photo: Hunter McCall
Lesser Prairie Chicken
Together We Can Save the Lesser Prairie Chicken
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is scheduled to announce its final decision on whether to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as an Endangered Species under the federal Endangered Species Act in June. 
Lesser Prairie Chicken. Photo: Brittany Meagher/Audubon Photography Awards
Oh hey, pinyon jay label
Oh Hey, Pinyon Jay!
How craft brewers are helping put the Pinyon Jay on the map, (literally)
Oh Hey Pinyon Jay label: a Pinyon Jay perches in the branches of a dying Pinyon Pine with a pine nut in its beak. Graphic: Hira Walker
News From Our Centers

Meet the new staff at Randall Davey Audubon Center: James Wood, Facilities Assistant and Lily Ellenberg, Educator and Camp Counselor

A short video on the pond and fish habitat restoration at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center.

The Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch welcomes this year’s student research fellowship awardees!

Chapter News

Join Tucson Audubon’s Southeast Arizona Birding Festival August 10-14, during the beautiful monsoon season, with professionally led field trips, education programs, keynote speakers, photography workshops, and an extensive Nature Expo. There’s still room for you!
Go here more information and to register.

Oh Hey Pinyon Jay Release Events

Bernalillo, New Mexico
July 16

Flagstaff, Arizona
July 7 

Flagstaff, Arizona
July 8

Oh Hey Pinyon Jay Bird Walk
Flagstaff, Arizona
July 9

Act Now!

Take action to protect Arizona’s lands and waters
Tome medidas para proteger las tierras y el agua de Arizona

There’s still time to donate to Audubon Southwest Birdathon!

Look, Listen, Learn

Your guide to feeding birds amidst and avian flu outbreak

Audubon Southwest’s Haley Paul in the NY Times on delayed reservoir releases

Arizona brewers need legislature to lead on water policy

A collaboration to relocate Burrowing Owls
Donate today to protect the birds you love
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