Audubon Society

In 2015 Audubon Arizona organized and conducted standardized surveys on three reaches of Queen and Arnett Creeks near Superior, Arizona, in order to document yellow-billed cuckoo occurrence and abundance and to provide a basis for management recommendations. No cuckoos were detected on any of the three Arnett or Queen Creek transects during the 2015 survey season. Forty-four other species were encountered during the 2015 survey season, including Abert's towhee which is listed as "Sensitive" by the USFS and as a "Species of Greatest Conservation Concern" by AGFD.

List of birds [frequency and season].

This is a summary of personal observations and impressions of the continued presence or absence of the herpetofauna which have been previously reported at the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch. A total of fifty-two amphibian and reptile species have been reported within the Research Ranch boundaries. The continued existence of several species may be in doubt.

This list incorporates changes in taxonomy and nomenclature that have occurred since the last list was prepared. Additional species have been documented and added to the list.

The Research Ranch, near Elgin in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, is administered by the National Audubon Society. It consists of about 8000 acres of federal and private lands that are managed for ecosystem research projects by the National Audubon Society, which has cooperative agreements with the federal land management agencies. This summary of the early history of land settlement of the Research Ranch area and some of the subsequent land transactions is taken primarily from information in the land records of the BLM and ASLD.

List of mammals [confirmed by observation or sign; suspected, but not confirmed; resident, common; occasional].

The 7B Ranch falls within Audubon's identified "Lower San Pedro River Important Bird Area". The San Pedro River riparian corridor from the "Narrows" to the Gila River confluence was identified as a state Important Bird Area by the Arizona IBA Science Committee in January 2007. The Audubon IBA bird survey data collection coordinated by the Tucson Audubon-IBA Program, Avian Science Initiative, at 7B Ranch provided key "mesquite bosque avian habitat" data for these reviews.

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Draft EIS

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