Greetings from Chiricahua National Monument,
For six days, in the last couple weeks, I conducted bird surveys in San Bernardino NWR with a team from Fish and Wildlife. San Bernardino is east of Douglas, AZ directly on the border of Mexico. It was the pilot year for the surveys so none had ever been conducted. Our first day was spent training; which involved teaching everyone the protocol and the birds. Through the rest of the time we worked in teams to conduct the bird suveys.
|The border fence at San Bernardino NWR|
The refuge is open to the public but only to walk-in traffic, so our ability to drive through the refuge certainly helped us learn the birds and lay of the land. If you have to walk in, it is over a mile to get to the good riparian areas that are full of birds. There are also many small, man-made, marshes scattered throughout the refuge that support many bird species that are uncommon throughout the region. Tropical Kingbirds, Green Herons, and many other marsh birds use all of these small ponds.
|The RV we were able to stay in while working at|
San Bernardino. Many Scaled Quail, Lesser Nighthawks,
Eastern Meadowlarks, and Say's Phoebe were around
|The Regal Horned Lizard; it was awesome to hold this guy!|