Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge – Annual Report – 2023

July 4, 2024

The Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge continue to provide valuable assistance to the Refuge. These efforts cover a broad spectrum of projects that help wildlife and improve habitat, or improve and repair public use infrastructure such as signs, trails, and the Cienega boardwalk. Other endeavors provide education programs for the public, either on the refuge or in nearby communities. The Friends provide their own volunteer labor for these projects, or coordinate visiting volunteer work groups. The Friends group also secures grant money to purchase supplies for field projects or to hire contractors to help in that effort. The […]

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Friends Newsletter SPRING 2024 – NEWS from the Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge

June 7, 2024

Christmas Bird Count at the Refuge For the 25th year, volunteers fanned out across Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Overall numbers were low this year, probably because of dry conditions and several dry tanks. There were a number of good birds recorded, however, including golden eagle, American pipit, Woodhouse’s scrub jay, and Hutton’s vireo. A total of 76 species were counted for the official tally. All the Way to the Border Fourteen dedicated volunteers helped remove litter from six miles of highway that run through BANWR […]

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Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Annual Report 2022

April 25, 2023

The Friends provide much-needed assistance to the Refuge in respect to funding, environmental education, and physical work for habitat and wildlife projects. The Refuge has been deeply hampered by staff and funding shortages, and in light of this shortfall, the Friends fill an important role. The Friends step in when they can with finances and volunteer labor to initiate or continue projects so important for the welfare of wildlife and their habitat. Refuge Manager Rich Albers arrived in September and the refuge also has a new Maintenance Mechanic Lead, Devin Williams. Hannah Pierce, Wildlife Refuge Specialist, continues to wear a […]

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NEWS from the Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge APRIL 2023

April 20, 2023

Pronghorn Herd Doubles in Size Thirty pronghorn were moved to Buenos Aires NWR from the San Bernadino Valley in southeastern Arizona in late January, more than doubling the size of the herd of two dozen pronghorn already on the refuge. Arizona Game and Fish had captured the refuge’s newest residents in nets fired from a low-flying helicopter. The animals were blindfolded to keep them calm, and then loaded into trailers for the 200-mile drive across southern Arizona. Two of the bucks and five of the does were fitted with radio tracking collars before their release. This will allow Game and Fish […]

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Newsletter from the Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge — Spring 2022

April 11, 2022

A lot has been happening at Buenos Aires NWR since our last newsletter of September 2021. The Friends are actively pursuing projects both indoors and outdoors, particularly in response to habitat improvement and wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Annual Report, 2021

March 3, 2022

This was a busy year for the Friends. The Refuge is operating with only 50% of their staff, which greatly impacts the ability of the Refuge to fulfill their mission of wildlife conservation, habitat preservation, and visitor services. As a result, the role of the Friends is increasingly critical in this time of staff and funding shortfalls. The Friends have stepped in with finances and volunteer labor to initiate or continue projects so important for the welfare of wildlife and their habitat. Another hurdle this year was Covid-19, which resulted in the Visitor Center being closed all year. Many staff […]

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September 2021 Newsletter

September 25, 2021

September 2021 There is much happening on the refuge… Take look at our September Newsletter

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2019 Annual Report

July 24, 2020

Wildlife Updates The HPC grant money did create corridors for wildlife to enter and exit the water at Cordova Tank. We knew mule deer were using the tank but hoped that pronghorn might use it once there was a clearing. Below is our happy result. Four pregnant does were relocated from northern Arizona to the Refuge. Their young added to the fawns from our resident herd. It was great to see so many fawns survive. Quail reintroduction is increasing the numbers on the ground. Quail techs tracked 80-100 quail that overwintered nine months after their release. Thanks to Volunteers Friends […]

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2018 Annual Report

September 19, 2019

Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge 2018 Annual Report This is our second Annual Report and we hope it finds you well!  We had some big accomplishments this past year, thanks to the generosity of our funders, donors and the tireless commitment of our volunteers. FUNDER HIGHLIGHTS Thanks to LUSH Cosmetics we received a grant that paid for:  Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey with supplies and mileage reimbursement for the volunteer field help.  Six miles of wildlife friendly fence materials. Consultant, Kyle Thompson to survey the easiest five eroded washes to repair with mesquite matts.  Kyle trained and led a crew of 20 volunteers […]

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Winter Newsletter 2019

January 8, 2019

*|MC:SUBJECT|* *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* WINTER 2019 UPDATE REALLY COOL FUNDRAISER GOING ON NOW!! This is your opportunity to receive a beautiful gift and support Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.  While supply lasts, you will receive your choice of bracelet, earrings, or necklace/lanyard free with a donation of $50 or more – (the more you give, the more the Friends can do) as much as you can afford to give.  All donations will be used for Friends of BANWR projects. One of our Friends, Rosa Panchyshyn –, has designed and handcrafted jewelry using authentic bird bands from our endangered Masked Bobwhite Quail.  […]

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