As a new member of Arizona Partners in Flight, you can get involved in a variety of
aspects of conservation. Currently, most of our efforts are being concentrated on
developing a statewide Bird Conservation Plan. This plan will be a powerful conservation
tool for both government agency and nongovernment land managers alike. The plan earmarks
priority species and habitats and offers researched and informed conservation
recommendations about managing for birds, now and in the future. This document is
scheduled to be completed by 1999. The Arizona Partners in Flight members completed a
first draft of the plan in March of 1997. Information for the plan is gathered during our
Conservation Planning meetings which are held periodically throughout the year. Anyone is
welcome to attend.
Some of the other Arizona Partners in Flight projects include in Inventory and
Monitoring: the Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas with over 400 volunteers statewide,
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Surveys, and the Monitoring Avian Productivity and
Survivorship (MAPS) stations. Information and Education projects and materials include the
Arizona Partners in Flight slide show, Songbird Blues Box and Adopt-a Block programs for
school children, International Migratory Bird Day Educator's packets, and brochures on
neotropical migratory birds. The slide show and script are available to anyone who would
like to talk to schools or conservation groups about the importance of protecting
neotropical migrants and native birds.
Partners in Flight members can also get involved in the United States Important Bird
Areas (IBAs) program by nominating areas in Arizona that provide essential habitat to
birds. Last year, the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area in Sierra Vista, was
nominated the nation's first Globally Important Bird Area. Western Working Group members
joined Arizona partners in the celebration ceremony. Nominations for six other areas in
Arizona have been forwarded to the American Bird Conservancy for consideration.
Each year in May, we help celebrate the return of millions of migratory birds back to
their breeding grounds during International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). Partners in Flight
has information and education materials available to help plan and organize IMBD
activities throughout the state. IMBD events include bird walks, birding workshops,
information booths, banding demonstrations, and interactive children's programs.
As you can see, we are involved in many facets of bird conservation. If you would like
to get more involved in the Arizona Partners in Flight conservation efforts, please call
Margie Latta at (602) 789-3575 for more information or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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