Summarized Observations

Summary Tables

You can view integrated results organized by species of choice or for a particular park/route.

Results for Species   Results for Parks&Routes   Number of Species


We have plotted results on the map of Tucson so you can see where the birds are.

Species Result Map   Route and Park Survey Locations   Species Number Map

Species Density Map

The Tucson Bird Count began as a study at the University of Arizona by Will Turner, then a graduate student under the guidance of Professor Mike Rosenzweig The idea of the study was to establish point count locations all across the tucson valley and use volunteer birders to monitor each site every spring to determine which bird species were using urban habitat and which species were not. all sorts of questions could be asked of the data such as density of urbanization vrs species richness and what effect the presence of native vegetation has on number of bird species detected etc. will turner successfully established and ran the count for a several years. to see a summary of will’s findings for the first two years of the tbc, click here.

Once Will Turner finished his graduate work successfully the TBC was taken over by Rachael McCaffrey, also a graduate student at the University of Arizona. Rachael very successfully ran and expanded the Tucson Bird Count from 2003 to 2011. [More from Rachel to come, including a link to her findings].

Starting with the 2012 Tucson Bird Count spring count, the coordination and running of the TBC was taken over by the Tucson Audubon Society in full partnership with the University of Arizona and Tumamoc Hill. Jennie MacFarland, Tucson Audubon’s Conservation Biologist, serves as coordinator of the count currently with Mike Rosenzweig still serving as main advisor for the count. Recently the TBC has reached a new stage that was always intended for this study, reaching out to residents of Tucson with information on how to make their yards and communities more useful to native birds based on data from the TBC. More info on that can be found in our Be More Bird Friendly section