Ten years ago, the Sonoran Joint Venture received a Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grant to fund riparian restoration and research at a private ranch in Sonora, Mexico. Recently, SJV Science Coordinator Carol Beardmore had the opportunity to visit one of the project sites and tag along with researchers running camera traps at Rancho El Aribabi in northern Sonora.
River Partners has been working for over 15 years throughout California to restore over 8,000 acres of riparian habitat for the benefit of wildlife and people.
San Pedro River Riparian Raptors: inventory, distribution, abundance, habitat requirements, and breeding ecology
Project Description The goal of this project is to improve the understanding of the current status, population size, and demographics of riparian raptors along the San Pedro River in Arizona and the habitats upon which they depend. We will examine the habitat needs of these species in order to assess their value as indicators of
Project Description Arizona Western College is seeking funds to educate Yuma residents on the importance of wetlands restoration for bird conservation. Wetlands in the Yuma area are critical habitat for the endangered Yuma Clapper Rail, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, and Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Riparian habitats in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts support over 33% of plants
Coordinated Bird Monitoring in Arizona: implementing surveys for riparian associated priority species in the Arid Borderlands and Mexican Highlands regions
Project Description The Arizona Coordinated Bird Monitoring Program provides a framework for the design and implementation of the long-term monitoring of Arizona’s birds. The first segment of the program is to implement statewide riparian surveys. The objectives are to estimate and monitor the number of birds, by species, breeding (or attempting to breed) within riparian
Project Description Bureau of Land Management proposes to use Sonoran Joint Venture funds to purchase equipment and diesel fuel for a pump to irrigate 72 acres of a cottonwood & willow forest in varying stages of development. The project is located adjacent to Mittry Lake and near the Lower Colorado River in southwest Arizona. The
Project Description Rio Sonoyta, a rare lowland desert stream and spring that supports important riparian and migratory bird assemblages and endangered native fishes and turtles, faces major threats such as groundwater withdrawal, unmet infrastructure needs (e.g., modern sewage treatment facilities), and invasive exotic species. Maintaining and improving function of the Rio Sonoyta ecosystem is critical
Investigating the effects of re-introduced beaver on avian community dynamics along the San Pedro River, Arizona
Project Description The San Pedro River’s riparian forest is a regionally important area for breeding and migrating birds. Many land managers and restoration ecologists see the re-establishment of beaver as a potentially invaluable and low-cost tool for the restoration of riparian environments. In 1999, the Bureau of Land Management, in cooperation with the Arizona Game
Yellow-billed Cuckoo habitat requirements and riparian habitat inventory of the Salt River Valley and the lower San Pedro River, Arizona, USA
Project Description Western populations of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus occidentalis) have decreased and the species’ future is uncertain. Despite this, the basic habitat requirements of this species are largely unknown. Some of the largest concentrations of the western Yellow-billed Cuckoo occur within the Sonoran Joint Venture boundaries, including along the Salt and the San