The Arizona Coordinated Bird Monitoring Program has been developed to provide a framework for the design and implementation of the long-term monitoring of Arizona’s birds. The second segment of the program is to implement Sonoran Desert bird surveys. The objectives are to estimate and monitor the number of birds, by species, breeding (or attempting to breed) within Sonoran Desert habitats in the study area and to elucidate habitat relationships of poorly-monitored species and species-at-risk. Populations of many of these desert species are naturally small, are typically at low density, and exist at or near their thresholds of physiological tolerances. As a result, they are particularly vulnerable to growing threats. This work will form a critical part of a 3 year monitoring effort that will contribute to the goal of determining current population status and detection of biologically significant trends of Sonoran Desert associated species in Arizona.
Arizona Bird Conservation Initiative Coordinator