The Tucson Bird Count is now being coordinated by the Tucson Audubon Society in partnership with University of Arizona.
The spring count of the Tucson Bird Count is coming up! Any birder that can readily identify the birds of Tucson is invited to adopt a route to survey. It only takes one morning of your choice between April 15--May 15 to conduct 5 minute counts at each of the stops along your route. Many of the routes are in urban Tucson and don't require any hiking, you can easily drive from point to point. Other routes are in more natural areas and some points on the route do require some hiking. There are even a few routes that are only hiking.
The Tucson Bird Count Datasheet can be found here
April 15--May 15, 2013 Tucson Bird Count maps of available routes
Available routes on the northwest side of town
109 – Clusters around Skyline and Swan. No Hiking Required. Map Taken!
112 – Clusters around Oracle and Magee. No Hiking Required. Map Taken!
117 – West of La Cholla, between Ina and Ruthrauff. Very minor hiking involved in one point.. Map
118 – West of I-10, south of Ina. This route does involve some hiking. Map Taken!
120 – West of Sunset and Silverbell. Does require moderate hiking on a few points. Map Taken!
122 – North of Tucson Mountain Park, near Sweetwater Drive. Does require some hiking. Map Taken!
146 – Clusters around Sunrise and Craycroft. Little Hiking required. Map Taken!
173 – Clusters around Oracle and Hardy. Little hiking required. Map Taken!
179 – Clusters around I-10 and Cortaro. Hiking IS required for this route. Map Taken!
180 – Clusters around Thornydale and Hardy. Little Hiking required. Map Taken!
NEW! 178 Clusters around THornydale and LInda Vista Map
NEW! 177 Clusters around Cortaro Farms Rd and Thornydale Map Taken!
New! 108 Clusters around Skyline and Swan. No Hiking Map Taken!
Available routes in central and south Tucson
133 – North of Ajo, south of 6th Ave on both sides of I-10. No hiking required. Map Taken!
134 – Clusters around the UofA area, Broadway to Grant around Park Ave. No Hiking Required. Map
140 – Clusters around Irvington and Campbell. No Hiking Required. Map
141 – North of Valencia, south of E Barraza Aviation Pkwy on both sides of I-10. No hiking required. Map Taken!
142 – North of the airport on both sides of Benson Highway. No hiking required. Map
145 – Cluster centers around Valencia and Kolb. No hiking required. Map
150 – Cluster centers around Speedway and Craycroft. No hiking required. Map Taken!
154 – Cluster centers around 22nd and Kolb. No hiking required. Map
Available routes in east Tucson
149 – Cluster centers around Tanque Verde Rd and Catalina Highway. One count requires about a mile walk. Map Taken!
163 – Cluster centers around Old Spanish Trail and Houghton. Does require hiking. Map Taken!
169 – Cluster centers around Houghton and Irvington. Does require hiking. Map
941 - Hiking route through Sabino Canyon. Map Taken!
942 - Hiking route through Sabino Canyon. Map Taken!
943 - Hiking route through Sabino Canyon. Map Taken!New! 160 East of Houghton on Speedway. Little Hiking required. Map Taken!
You can also adopt a park or wash as part of the Tucson Bird Count and survey it four times a year. These park routes are surveyed in the Spring (April 15-May 15) during the same period as the once a year counts above as well as in the Summer (July 1-31), Fall (September 1-30) and the Winter (Jan 15-Feb 15). When you survey your park 4 times a year you can really see how the different species come and go.
Park 501: Craycroft/Rillito Neighborhood. Map Taken!
Park 503: Ft. Lowell Park. Map Taken!
Park 513: Cienega Creek (this one involves some hiking). Map Taken!
Park 519: Case Natural Resources Park. Map
Park 537: Reid Park. Map