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Pinyon Jay Monitoring Workshop

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Join Audubon Southwest in a workshop about Pinyon Jays to assist in a volunteer-based monitoring project.

The Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus) is an iconic bird of the intermountain west and was once common throughout the Pinyon-Juniper woodlands of northern Arizona and New Mexico, southern Utah, and portions of Nevada and Colorado. This colonial species’ diet is comprised largely of Pinyon Pine nuts and the species can be quite nomadic in pursuit of this favored food. Long-term drought, climate change, and habitat conversions have resulted in astonishing Pinyon Jay population declines. From 1967–2015, populations fell by 3.69% annually for an estimated total loss of 83.5%

Join Audubon Southwest and the Natural History Institute in an initiative to help monitor Pinyon Jay populations. Please take the next step and join us in the field this season to monitor Pinyon Jays on your smartphone! This effort has grown to six states, and collecting timely data is critical to constructing an accurate picture of the birds’ whereabouts across their extensive range.

Audubon Southwest is offering a free workshop this spring to bring you up to speed on natural history, set you up electronically, and guide you in selecting survey spots. No experience is necessary, only the ability to identify our iconic Pinyon Jays by sight and sound.


Cost: Free
Date: April 19, 2024
Time: 10am – Noon
Location: Natural History Institute 126 N. Marina Street, Prescott, AZ

Workshop Leader: Cathy Wise 

As Audubon Southwest’s Community Science Manager, Cathy leads statewide bird  habitat and science efforts that engage people in hands-on conservation projects.  She has studied birds throughout the southwest, working with the US Forest Service,  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. 

Since 2013, she has coordinated Burrowing Owl relocation work with the Wild at Heart Raptor Center. She is a Master Gardener and promotes Audubon’s “Plants for Birds”  program to plant beneficial native plants. She is an avid hiker and climber and  her favorite birds include Western Kingbird, Barn Owl, and Pied-billed Grebe.

Photos courtesy of Warren Berg

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April 19
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Natural History Institute


Natural History Institute
126 N Marina St
Prescott, AZ 86301
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