Recent News

Did you know there is a strong connection between birds in Utah and Mexico? The American White Pelican commonly breeds in Utah and Idaho, and then travels south to spend the winter in Mexico. Researchers are banding birds and using GPS transmitters to track their movements. Follow along on their tracking website and keep on the lookout for banded birds!

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The Sonoran Joint Venture recently selected its finalists for the 2017 SJV Awards Program. The objective of the SJV Awards Program is to support the investigation and conservation of birds and their habitats within SJV boundaries by providing funds through a competitive program. The SJV is pleased to announce the following award recipients.

The SJV Awards Program supported the work of biologists in Baja California Sur to research the endemic and endangered Belding’s Yellowthroat, as well as to develop strategies for its conservation.

The Arizona Important Bird Areas Program is a collaborative partnership that works to protect critical bird habitat. This year, the program added four new additions: Patagonia Mountains, Tucson Mountains, Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, and the Tucson Sky Island Region.

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We are working to raise awareness about a silent killer within the bird conservation community, open vertical pipes. They can be found almost everywhere – on homes, office buildings, construction sites, agricultural fields, mining operations, even on protected public lands. They can take the form of fence posts, sign posts, irrigation systems, survey markers, vents on buildings and even vault toilet ventilation ducts. Any open vertical pipe between one and 10 inches in diameter with smooth walls (such as PVC or metal) is basically a death trap where birds and other wildlife can become ensnared and perish.

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This year, we celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by recognizing the importance of stopover sites for migratory birds. Events are taking place world-wide to promote the conservation and knowledge of vital areas used by birds to rest and refuel on migratory journeys.

Led by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Audubon Society, 15 different countries participated in the development of a major new resource for the conservation of shorebirds along the entire Pacific Americas Flyway. The Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Strategy integrates conservation actions across the full suite of geographical, ecological, and cultural landscapes to provide a coordinated and connected framework to protect shorebirds and their habitats.

All are welcome to participate in the Sonoran Joint Venture’s Science Working Group, a “conservation think tank” that conducts bird conservation planning, monitoring, and project development for the SJV region.

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Meet Emily Clark – the newest member of the Sonoran Joint Venture staff! Emily recently joined SJV as Communications & Partnerships Specialist. Emily’s career has taken her all over the county and throughout Latin America, including spending two years as a Research and Conservation Fellow for The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies in Sonora, Mexico.

Birds Beyond Borders

A traveling teal brings biologists from Colorado State University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nayarit, Mexico together and proves the importance of working across borders to conserve birds and their habitats.