Our restoration efforts are concentrated in riparian areas; along some of our region's rivers, streams and washes. Improving habitat along riparian areas is one of the most efficient ways we can help wildlife species, since so many of them use riparian areas. A large number of bird species that are on the Audubon Watchlist (of vulnerable bird species) are ones that depend on riparian areas.
Often habitat in our riparian floodplains are degraded due to farming, grazing, groundwater pumping and erosion. In some places, new riparian habitat is developing along effluent-dominated waterways like the lower Santa Cruz River. Enhancing the habitat in these areas means increasing the diversity and density of native vegetation, and improving the structural diversity of vegetation as well. We use standard habitat restoration techniques as well as adding innovative methods from the field of Permaculture.
All Tucson Audubon habitat restoration sites are posted no trespassing, and access is only possible during official Tucson Audubon events, or by special arrangement. If you would like to learn more about our habitat restoration projects and how you can volunteer, explore the links above or contact Kendall Kroesen, Manager of Habitat Restoration Projects, (520) 629-0510 x7006 or (520) 971-2385 (cell).
Opportunities to Visit and Volunteer at the Restoration Sites
There are periodic opportunities to go on tours, birding trips or volunteer days at the habitat restoration sites. For more about these opportunities to visit restoration sites, call Kendall, or visit our Event Calendar.