The Science of Species Recovery: Can Masked Bobwhite Persist in the Wild? — January 26, 2021

Dear Friends,

Please join us for this presentation:

The Science of Species Recovery: Can Masked Bobwhite Persist in the Wild?

Tuesday January 26 at 11:00 am MST time, 1:00 pm EST.

The Masked Bobwhite Quail, Colinus virginianus ridgwayi, was believed to be extinct in the wild until 1964 when a wild population was discovered in Sonora Mexico. Birds from that population and from previously established captive populations became forebears of the Masked Bobwhite Quail that are reared for release on Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.

Species reintroduction and restoration is only possible with significant scientific research and experimentation. Lacrecia Johnson, Rebecca Chester, biologists from US Fish and Wildlife Service and Don Wolfe, Senior Biologist at Sutton Avian Center, will tell us about efforts to establish a sustainable wild population of Masked Bobwhite on Buenos Aires NWR.

Friends of BANWR are delighted to co-host the program with Tucson Audubon Society!

Please register for the program on Tucson Audubon’s registration page 

You can click here for the registration page for the Masked Bobwhite talk; 

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We hope you will be with us!

Annual Pima Pineapple Cactus Survey — January 4-8, 2021

The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge provides a habitat for the critically endangered Pima Pineapple Cactus.

The Refuge does prescribed burns in different areas each year to maintain and improve the grasslands that support the other species for which the refuge is known. Before each burn, they need to survey the presence and condition of the Pima Pineapple Cactus. They need help to do this. If you can help, contact Reta Rutledge at

Volunteers will be trained in data collection and how to identify and discriminate between the endangered pima pineapple cactus and other barrel-type cacti. Joining the rest of the crew in a line, they will participate in an organized grid survey, walking transects. January 4-8, 2021.

The project is designed to identify the location of the endangered pima pineapple cactus and to measure the effect of controlled burns and other fire management strategies.