For more Gambel's Quail, start with covering about one quarter of your yard with low-story native plants. Then you'll need to ask your neighbors to plant their yards too! These quail are attracted to larger areas of habitat, as in a neighborhood. A single perfect yard won't do it.
You can do much to improve habitat quality for birds around your home. You can combine native plants to provide a more varied structure. Add a mid-story shrub layer, including desert hackberry, wolfberry, and condalia, and you'll provide cover and nesting sites for a greater variety of birds.
Cities remain inhospitable to most native birds, and we have a lot to learn about how to better design our landscapes to sustain species that include our Northern Cardinal, Verdin, and Gilded Flicker.
How do we learn? For the last twelve years, volunteers for the Tucson Bird Count have been providing information on where birds live, how many there are, and what is important for their survival. Starting this year, Tucson Audubon and the University of Arizona will run the program in full partnership, and our Important Bird Areas Program Biologist Jennie MacFarland is taking the lead in our community's bird citizen science project.
Does the decline in our resident and migrant birds concern you? Do you understand the need for more people to realize the difference we can make by providing bird habitat in our own yards?
If you answered yes, please help us learn and teach more about improving habitats for birds in our urban environment. Please send us your tax-deductible donation today.
You can be a part of funding the increase in our citizen science activities and community conservation programs that teach rainwater harvesting and low-water habitat creation, and soon, edible wildlife habitat creation too. Please make a donation to support our community conservation staff: Jennie, Kendall Kroesen (Urban Habitats), and Rodd Lancaster (Habitat Restoration) as they continue working in our neighborhoods.
We all thank you sincerely for your summer gift to Tucson Audubon, for our birds and the places they live, and for future generations. You can give online, mail a check with your donation form, or call us with your credit card details at 520-209-1802.
Thank you for your summertime gift!
Dr. Paul Green | Executive Director
Our goals are to conserve and restore the most important places in southern Arizona for birds and other wildlife. We use the tools of education, direct conservation action, and advocacy, and we engage people through birding as a recreation.