Maricopa Audubon Society Birds in Maricopa County

Welcome to Maricopa Audubon Society (MAS), a chapter of the National Audubon Society in the Phoenix metropolitan area with 2,500 members.

Though southeast Arizona is the most well-known Arizona region for birds, many of the same species are found in the Phoenix area. In recent years, we have sighted the Roseate Spoonbill, Brown Thrasher and other unusual species.

Our Mission Statement:

Maricopa Audubon Society is an organization of volunteers dedicated to the enjoyment of birds and other wildlife with a primary focus on the protection and restoration of the habitat of the Southwest through fellowship, education, and community involvement.

Please see information on Christmas Bird Counts here.


Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County

The long awaited third edition of this iconic local bird guide is now available! Please visit here for a list of book sellers and more information.


Page sample from Birding Areas in Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County:

Birds of Phoenix

Page sample from Species Accounts and Seasonal Bar Graphs in Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County:Birds of Phoenix




Shop Fry's, Support MAS

Would you like an easy way to support Maricopa Audubon Society’s conservation and
education outreach programs? 
Link your Fry's Food Card to #89166 Maricopa Audubon!
It will only take 5 minutes and cost you nothing! Each time you use your Fry's V.I.P. card,
you earn rewards for MAS!
Go to:
Make sure you have a Fry's VIP card. 
Create an online account using your email address and a password.
Select the 'Register' link. 
Enter your Fry's card # (your 10 digit phone # will also work if you use it as an Alternate ID).
Select a Fry's store where you typically shop based on your zip code. 
Scroll down to the 'Community Rewards' link. 
Under 'Find your Organization' enter 89166
Click on the button to select Maricopa Audubon. Click “Enroll”.

You must re-enroll each year to continue earning rewards for MAS.

Solari Bells

Maricopa Audubon Society also receives a designated percent of each sale of Solari Cause Bells.





Oak Flat listed in

National Register of Historic Places

In March of 2016, the National Park Service officially acknowledged the historic significance of Oak Flat Campground, listing it as the Chi’chil Bildagoteel Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.




Inside the Apache fight against development that inspired Standing Rock



Here is a link to the short film on Oak Flat by ASU School of Sustainability student,  Brynn Szukala.

save oak flat

November 9, 2015

Resolution Copper Tailings

Artist rendering of mine tailings from Resolution Copper Mine in proposed site south of Superstition Wilderness, north of Boyce Thompson Arboretum.



Released June 14, 2015

Oak Flat and Rio Tinto: The Law, the Lies, and the Queen Valley Confrontation

A sneak peek into "An American Battle Cry" featuring interviews with Robert A. Williams Jr., Forest Archeologist Scott Wood, Curt Shannon, Roy Chavez, Dr. John Weber, and drone-captured footage of block cave destruction. Queen Valley residents join the fight to protect their homes, ending in a direct confrontation with Rio Tinto.


Ezekiel Kelly

Oak Flat




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Graphic Impact of Cattle Grazing on Riparian Ecosystems
High Resolution Version


Other Arizona Websites


Our chapter history is online. See interesting archives and chapter progress.

Maricopa Audubon Society History



Environmental Justice publishes essay on Bob Witzeman

Bob Witzeman

March 17, 2016. Sea World announces plans to phase out captive breeding and debasing entertainment using Orca whales. This happened three years after the release of Gabriela Cowperthwaite's 2013 documentary "Blackfish". Also on March 17, 2016, I learned that Joel Helfrich's essay on Bob Witzeman was published by Environmental Justice. Both stories are testament to the power of individuals who, with dogged determination and truth on their side, can be catalyst to sea change.

Please enjoy this outstanding essay about conservationist and hero, Dr. Bob Witzeman by Joel Helfrich, Professor of Anthropology, Sociology, History and Political Science at SUNY-Monroe Community College.


Coming Soon

Press Releases- Marciopa Audubon Society Volume I


Published by Bob Witzeman

We are active in habitat conservation for birds and other wildlife, with emphasis on riparian habitat, old-growth forest, and habitat used by endangered species. Our education committee sets up programs for local schools, and sponsors scholarships. We also sponsor numerous field trips throughout the year, mostly near the Phoenix metropolitan area, but also to other parts of Arizona and (occasionally) out of state.


Devils Canyon
This riparian treasure (pictured right) is threatened by Resolution Copper Mine. Devils Canyon runs south of US 60 just east of Oak Flat Campground.

Devils Canyon

Verde Salt Confluence.  The Salt River above Granite Reef

A Maricopa Audubon Society Success Story

The Salt River above Granite Reef Dam

This area is the site of the proposed Orme Dam, which would have flooded miles of critical riparian habitat on the Salt and Verde Rivers. Today, it is home to desert-nesting Bald Eagles and hundreds of other species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, and plants that depend on this endangered riverine ecosystem. Maricopa Audubon was instrumental in stopping the dam project. In the background is Red (Sawik) Mountain, on lands of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

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