Park Monitoring

Parks are very important urban habitat for many native species. They can provide large areas of vegetation of often complex structure (both small plants and large with everything in between) that is watered regularly. Having a park or wash in your neighborhood will often help your chances of encouraging birds to use your yard as additional habitat to meet all their needs in their life cycle. The Park Monitoring aspect of the Tucson Bird Count is a very important data source and these counts are also lots of fun.

Parks that are a part of the Tucson Bird Count study are monitored 4 mornings a year from pre-established point count locations or in some cases transects. There are parks available that need bird surveyors or if you have a park or wash that you are interested in surveying we could look into setting up a new count site for you to monitor.

See the Park Monitoring Instructions for more details.

Below is a map of the parks that are monitored for the Tucson Bird Count.

The following parks are available for adoption by a volunteer bird surveyor.

Current Park Sites: Sites currently being monitored are shown on the map below (Click on map for larger version).

TBC Parks

Dates:Parks are visited one morning during each of the following 4 periods:

Winter Jan 15 - Feb 15
Spring Migration/Breeding Apr 15 - May 15
Late Breeding Jul 1 - Jul 31
Fall Migration Sep 1 - Sep 30

Requirements: a link to a new TBC data sheet can be found at

Group Leader Responsibilites:

Other Group Member Responsiblities:

Current Group Leaders

Note: Parks that are available for adoption are marked with a star ().
  Park/Monitoring Area Group Leader
Agua Caliente Park Mary Klinkel
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Norma Miller
Arroyo Chico Wash Shirley Kurc
Arthur Pack Regional Park Diana Videtti
Atturbury Wash Matt Griffiths
Avra Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant John Higgins
Barrio Kroeger Lane Neighborhood Kendall Kroesen
Big Wash/Oro Valley Marketplace Restoration Area John Schuering
Borton Environmental Learning Lab/Borton Elementary The Quail Room
Canada del Oro Wash (north of Tangerine) Carla Danforth
Case Natural Resources Park leader needed
Catalina State Park Bob Bowers
Columbus Park / Santa Cruz River Kendall Kroesen
Davis Monthan Air Force Base Mike Sotak
Elvira Elementary School Kelley Brooks
Fred Enke Wash / Lincoln Regional Park Bruce Prior
Ft. Lowell Park Mark and Farrish Sharon
Greasewood Park Gay Gilbert
James Kriegh Park John Scheuring
Kennedy Park John Higgins
Kino Ecosystem Restoration Project / Sam Lena Park Brett and Peggy Wilmore
Mason Audubon Center Craig Marken
McCormick Park Mark Stevenson
Naranja Town Site John Scheuring
North Campbell Neighborhood Michael Smith
Pima Canyon Estates Lud Deppisch
Reid Park Carla Danforth
Rio Vista Natural Resources Park Trica Oshant Hawkins
Saguaro National Park: Rincon Mountain District Larry Norris
Saguaro National Park: Tucson Mountain District Ethan Beasley
Sentinel Peak Park ("A" Mountain) John Higgins
Sweetwater Wetlands Andrew Core
Tanque Verde Wash leader needed
Tohono Chul Park Philip Kline

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Nora Miller
Tucson Mountain Park Susan Birky
Tumamoc Hill Bruce Prior
University of Arizona Campus Jenise Porter
West Branch Santa Cruz Susan Randolph
Willow Springs (Pinal County) Bob Bowers
Woodland Rd. area Brian Nicholas
  New Routes  
Mount Lemmon leader needed  
Canada del Oro (south of Tangerine) leader needed
Cortaro Bosque leader needed
Other sites of interest leader needed