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Volunteers Help the Refuge

November 22, 2022

There is always more work to do than the Refuge staff can accomplish so they welcome help from the Friends and other willing helpers. Volunteers take down un-needed ranch fence that can injure and trap wildlife, repair boundary fence to keep cattle off the refuge, clean up trash, help with habitat work, work at the Visitor’s Center, provide environmental education programs to children at schools, libraries and at the Refuge and help with other work to support the Mission of the refuge. Our volunteers have developed a special bond with the refuge and you notice this when you talk with […]

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2021 Bird Count

November 22, 2022

Every year Buenos Aires NWR participates in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, a nationwide bird census which is the oldest avian database in the world.  Participants count all bird species and numbers seen within one day. Save the date for this year – Thursday December 15!  Birders and nonbirders are welcome.  Contact bonnie.swarbrick@gmail.com for information or to sign up.  You don’t have to be a birder.  We welcome anyone who wants to spend a day outdoors enjoying wide open spaces of grassland or in riparian areas with towering cottonwoods. The count for December 2021 tallied a total of […]

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BANWR Featured on “AZ Illustrated”

November 16, 2022

The Masked Bobwhite Quail sits at the edge of extinction. Hannah Pierce works at The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, established primarily to reintroduce the Masked Bobwhite into the wild.

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Wilderness Volunteers Help the Quail

November 6, 2022

Wilderness Volunteers (WV) is an organization that prides itself on “giving back” to public lands. They have come to BANWR five times and counting to help remove barbed wire fence and other projects. In March 2022, the group asked Hannah Pierce for her wish list and she mentioned putting a wire mesh over five of her flight pens for the Endangered Masked Bobwhite Quails. Since these five pens only had cloth sunscreen over them, the Ravens picked at it to create openings through which they hoped they could enter and have quail for lunch. Quail interns would repair the holes […]

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The Volunteers Are Back!

October 18, 2022

The seasonal volunteers are back this month so the Visitor Center will be open most days. It is still a good idea to call ahead – (520) 823-4251  then 0 for the receptionist.  The grassland is still monsoon season beautiful, the weather is perfect and a great time for a visit.   

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Gravel Riding on the Refuge

June 27, 2022

The folks at Dirty Freehub, a group dedicated to bicycling on gravel and dirt roads virtually stopped by to interview Reta Rutledge about riding the roads on the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. We have over 200 miles of dirt roads on the refuge, just the right challenge for gravel riders. Here is the podcast. They have also created several routes on the refuge and in the adjoining Nogales District of the Coronado National Forest. The details of the 35 mile Buenos Aires route can be found HERE. The details of the 46 mile Buenos Aires – Arivaca route can […]

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Erosion Control on the Refuge

June 15, 2022

By Reta Rutledge LUSH Cosmetics gave the Friends a grant that included money to hire a contractor, Kyle Thompson. Kyle led and trained 7 volunteers from Wilderness Volunteers to install 17 mesquite erosion control structures in three areas of the refuge. The structures slow the water during flood events in these eroded washes, cause sediment to drop instead of washing away and create fertile ground for new vegetation to grow. This keeps water on the land where it soaks into the soil. Thank you LUSH for supporting this important work.

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Combating Understaffing On National Wildlife Refuges Throughout The Country

May 12, 2022

Refuges across the country are suffering from chronic underfunding. Due to this underfunding, staff positions are being cut, law enforcement is expected to cover thousands of acres (and in the worst-case scenario, a full state), refuges are being complexed, and important programs are being dropped.

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Barbed Wire Removal in the Avra Valley

March 15, 2022

Volunteer groups, along with Federal and State agencies, have begun barbed wire fence removal in the Avra Valley

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Lower San Luis Well Update

February 27, 2022

The Refuge, Southern Arizona Quail Forever and Altar Valley Conservation Alliance paid to improve an old hand dug 50’ well that was dry. They had it dug to 245’ with the well pipe capped and waiting for further money to complete the well.

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