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Saving the Blue Crow: How Community Science helps the Pinyon Jay

The Pinyon Jay  (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus), an iconic bird of western Pinyon-Juniper forests, has declined precipitously since the late sixties. Drought, climate change, and habitat conversions negatively impact the bird, and researchers are struggling to get an accurate picture of Pinyon Jay status, due to the birds’ enormous range and nomadic nature. Enter community scientists and an ambitious monitoring plan that’s based on other successful community-based efforts including Christmas Bird Counts, Climate Watch and Important Bird Area Monitoring. Learn more about each of these projects and how you can help birds while learning and gaining experience in the field.  

Cathy Wise, Audubon Southwest Community Science Manager

Cathy Wise holds a BS in Avian Sciences from UC Davis and has studied birds throughout the west. She is currently with Audubon Southwest, the regional office of the National Audubon Society and prior to that, worked for the US Forest Service, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Cathy oversees “Downtown Owls” Burrowing Owl relocation project in partnership with Wild At Heart, coordinates Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys on BLM lands, and works to promote intentional landscaping through Audubon’s “Plants for Birds” program.  An avid hiker, climber, and snowboarder,  she is also a gardener and beer enthusiast. Article by Cathy

Past Programs

Some past programs include:

  • Moonlight:  Owls: Rescue and Rehabilitation, by Tori Marshall
  • Why Stop at 6?: Trying to understand why the Mountain Bluebirds lay the number of eggs they do,  A Mountain Bluebird study by Scott Johnson, PhD
  • Ancient Southwestern Ornithology and Continuity of the Four Corners,  by Chuck LaRue
  • The Western Rivers Brewers’ Council: How craft beer is protecting rivers and wildlife, by Steven Prager

  • How Ranchers are Helping Save Grassland Birds, by Dan Dagget

  • Native Plants are for the Birds!, by Eric Moore


Upcoming Events

Past program videos are available on our Video Gallery Gallery and Facebook page NAAS Facebook live program videos


Northern Arizona Audubon

P O Box 1496 Sedona, AZ 86339

Sanctuary Locations:

Bubbling Ponds
1950 N Page Springs Rd
Cornville AZ 86325

Sedona Wetlands
7500 W State Route 89A,
Sedona, AZ 86336
(Inbetween mile markes 365 & 366) 

Picture Canyon
N. El Paso Flagstaff Rd 
Flagstaff, Arizona

Kachina Wetlands
2263 Utility Rd,
Flagstaff, AZ 86005

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