Monday March 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM MST
Thursday December 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM MST

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Chantal Duquette 
Audubon Arizona 
602-468-6470 ext. 103 


Craig's Big Year Birdathon 

46 Arizona Important Bird Areas. Hundreds of species. Fabulous prizes. One Bird Nerd.

2016 is Craig’s Big Year! Veteran Arizona birder and Audubon Arizona volunteer "Bird Nerd" Craig Anderson hits the road to visit as many of Arizona’s 46 Important Bird Areas – and see as many species of birds – as possible from March through December. Join him on his journey through Arizona’s wild places, and save birds at the same time! Important Bird Areas are protected habitat sites crucial to birds, and beautiful areas where the public can see birds and wildlife.

Photo: Judy Bingman 

We’re hosting a “Birdathon” in connection with Craig’s Big Year to support our Important Bird Areas program.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Enter the Birdathon with a $5 participation fee - your name will be put in a raffle to win a great prize and you’ll receive exclusive updates about Craig’s adventures. 
  2. Pledge per species to help Audubon protect their habitats. For example, if you pledge 10 cents per species and Craig sees a total of 100 species, your pledge would amount to $10. 
  3. Finally, you can even join Craig on one of his expeditions for a $25 suggested donation per person. All proceeds benefit the Audubon Arizona Important Bird Areas program.


Where is Craig going?

March 18-20: Joshua Tree Important Bird Area

March 29-April 3: Organ Pipe National Monument (Sonoran Desert Borderlands IBA), Quigley State Wildlife Area, Mittry Lake State Wildlife Area, and Imperial Reservoir

April 11-16 Lower San Pedro & Mt. Graham

April/May – Mogollon Rim

June/July – Upper Little Colorado, Mt. Baldy & Pinaleņo Mountains

August – San Rafael Grasslands & Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch in Elgin

September 29-October 9 – Grand Canyon & Marble Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs

October – Aubrey Valley & Cliffs

November – Whitewater Draw, Willcox