October has come around, and it has brought a lot of excitement with it. The rare birds are a plus, but the weather has been the star of the show. Highs have been in the 70s and 80s, we’ve had some cloudy days, and being outside has been enjoyable!
But birds and weather aren’t the only excitement that October brings. We’re also looking forward to AZFO’s Annual Meeting in north Phoenix October 21-23!
There is a lot to look forward to this year. I’m particularly excited about Friday’s birding blitz on the Hassayampa River, and all three of Sunday’s mini-expeditions should be excellent. All three visit underbirded locations near the meeting site (which is the Game and Fish Office on Carefree Hwy.) – Morgan City Wash, Agua Fria NM, and the lower Verde River. The latter two in particular are seldom visited by birders, and Morgan City Wash has already seen its share of unusual migrants this season.
The meeting itself features presentations by a variety of folks studying birds in Arizona, a poster session, photo and audio ID quizzes, and a catered banquet and keynote address by Arizona raptor expert Rich Glinski. Before the banquet we will have time to chat with friends at Azool Grill nearby.
While you can register at the door, the deadline to sign up for the banquet is October 15! I hope to see you there!!
|Birders on a mini expedition at last year’s Prescott conference|