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Membership Event: Secrets of Breeding Behaviors

  • Rancho San Rafael Regional Park Reno, Nevada (map)
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We invite our members to join us for a bird walk at the Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno on Saturday, June 17th. The focus of this field trip is not only to see great birds, but to observe and discuss their behaviors that indicate nesting. There are many more that you may know! Elisabeth Ammon, who did her graduate research on nesting ecology, will lead the trip. Meet at the east end of the parking lot at the park entrance. 

Not a GBBO member? Sign up at our new membership page (coming shortly). Or just show up at the event with $5 to show your support of GBBO. Students are invited to attend for free.

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to Jul 15

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Survey Experience Field Camp

Where: Southeast and westernAZ    


What: This Camp is aimed at providing 40 hours of YBCU field experience required for 10(a)1(a) permitting in many states. Participants will spend the week with Murrelet Halterman, conducting surveys and habitat analysis for Yellow-billed Cuckoos in riparian areas in Arizona. The first three days will be spent in Southeast AZ, and the last two days will be in western AZ.  We will work in a variety of habitats, and discuss the variation in use across different sites. We will discuss vocalizations and behaviors of all cuckoos observed.
On the afternoon of the first day, Murrelet will present an afternoon lecture session. This is an in-depth discussion of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo identification, behavior, habitat use, and the current Yellow-billed Cuckoo call-playback protocol.

Who: Dr. Murrelet Halterman has studied Yellow-billed Cuckoos throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada for over 25 years. This work includes coordinating statewide surveys, conducting primary research on home range, vocalizations, and mating systems, and conducting training workshops. She is the lead author on the current Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey protocol.

Registration Fee: General: $750.  Attendees of 2015 GBBO YBCU Workshop: $700. Maximum of eight participants. If this workshop fills, additional workshops may be offered.

Included: A minimum of 40 hours survey and habitat experience/
Not Included: Transportation, meals, lodging, field gear.

For more information please contact Murrelet Halterman at murrelethalterman@gmail.com.

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to May 22

Bird BioBlitz at the Great Basin National Park

Help document what birds are using the park at different elevations during a fun, science-filled weekend.

Needed: Experienced birders to help with one of four tracks:

  • Birding: Learn about the world of birding in the remote Great Basin
  • Bird Science: Learn about the science used in ornithology
  • Bird Conservation: Learn how we apply bird science and bird observations to real-life issues
  • Bird Photography: Take photos of birds in the park to serve as vouchers (definitive proof that they exist in the park). Over 80 species need to be vouchered.

To volunteer to lead a trip, talk, or activity, please contact:

Gretchen Baker, Ecologist at Great Basin National Park

Bird BioBlitz Registration for the general public will open in mid-December.

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to Apr 24

Verde Valley, Arizona, Birding & Nature Festival

  • dead horse ranch state park (map)
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This exciting birding festival takes place in central Arizona along the Verde River and around the communities of Cottonwood and Sedona. The hub for the event is the beautiful Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. There are tons of opportunities for birding at all levels and learning about the natural surroundings of the area.

Here is more info: birdyverde.org

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to Jan 13

Annual Nevada Winter Raptor Survey

It's time again to count winter raptors of Nevada. This effort is coordinated by the Nevada Department of Wildlife's Mackenzie Jeffress, and it requires solid raptor ID skills, a GPS, a backroad-ready vehicle, and experience in negotiating remote winter roads. If this is your first time on the survey, it's probably best to ride with someone the first time. A map of available routes and contact information are available here.

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