Picture Canyon Nature and Cultural Preserve
Recent bird sightings and photos: Rio de Flag--Picture Canyon hotspot, Illustrated checklist Printable checklist: Picture Canyon checklist May 2 2022.pdf
Picture Canyon is a cultural and archaeological jewel which serves as a critical riparian corridor. This section of the Rio de Flag, fed by the City's Wildcat Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant, creates a wetlands at the North end where Marsh Wrens can easily be heard chattering away in the summer. It's a featured location for the Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience as sponsored by Arizona Fish & Game Dept. Click here to view their description: Watchable wildlife video
Thanks to the life-sustaining Rio de Flag a great diversity of plants and invertebrates has attracted more than 219 bird species to date and given Picture Canyon a 6th place ranking as an eBird hotspot in giant Coconino County. Among these many birds, around 65 draw sustenance from the canyon during migration, around 30 species inhabit it year-round, another 35 or so come only during summer and around 25 species are here only during winter. At least 22 species breed here.