HUACHUCA AUDUBON SOCIETY Post Office Box 63, Sierra Vista, Arizona 85636
Volume XXX Number 2, June 2008

President’s Message
Hello, with just a few days remaining of my term of office I’ll claim another successful quarter. Attendance on our field trips has been significantly better - and thanks to good leaders we’ve seen many great birds. Our monthly meetings continued to be well attended and donations always paid for over half of the room rent - thank you. However, unless someone steps forward as Program Chair there will be changes starting in September; apart from us reverting to a free classroom - good news, no more pleas for donations! Use of our shared Bird/Mammal trunk is off to a good beginning; we had a table with exhibits at the Sierra Vista Earthday and the International Migratory Bird Day Festival at the San Pedro House, then responded to an invitation and had the same table at Fort Huachuca’s Safety Expo 2008 - thanks to all who assisted. Plans are proceeding for school visits commencing this fall. Successful birding classes held by Rick Romea brought $750 to our treasury, which enabled us to donate $1,000 to "Delighted Eye Productions" towards the cost of an educational video on the San Pedro River - its benefits and its perils. We will be provided with copies to show to schools and other organizations. A few statistics - in my last annual report to National Audubon I stated that 21 people had donated 1,200 hours to run our organization. We held ten membership meetings and conducted over 100 field trips, including the weekly EOP bird walks. This year's figures will be very similar. My thanks to all who have helped in the past, and my encouragement for those about to help. We can only remain active if people continue to step forward and volunteer. Regards, Mike

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Committee News The chairpersons for the chapter committees are as follows: Conservation: <vacant>; Education: Ginny Bealer; Programs: <vacant>; Membership: Ginny Bealer; and Outings: Alan Blixt and Robert Weissler. Please contact the relevant chairperson if you would like to find out more information about the activities of a particular committee. Shop at our Marketplace! And raise money for Huachuca Audubon!! Help raise funds for the Huachuca Audubon Society by shopping at our online Marketplace. Just click on the shopping bag banner on the left side of the Huachuca Audubon Society home page ( and raise money for us! Please remember that ONLY purchases made online at participating merchants accessed by clicking on our website Marketplace banner first will raise money for us. Otherwise, the merchants will not be able to return a portion of the purchase cost to Huachuca Audubon.

Welcome to New HAS Members! We would like to welcome our newest HAS (and Friends of HAS) members: Cave Creek Ranch; Ron DeVecchio of Benson; Mary Chestnut of Bisbee; Kim Bullington of Cochise; Klingler family of Elfirida; Donna Mann of Elgin; Stephanie Johnston of Hereford; Joanne Bielicki, Laurie Hoffsmith, Marjorie Dailey, Larry Hawthorne, Andrew-Susan Moffitt, Richard Mount, John Roth, Mary Anne Somerville, Katia Streeter, Marcelle Toczko, Ms. Williams, and Ron Yonker of Sierra Vista; and Kimberley Adgerson, and Morry & Charlotte Gil of Tombstone.

Volunteer Opportunities with Huachuca Audubon: Get Involved! New members in particular may be interested in getting involved with our organization. There is currently a vacancy for the Conservation and Programs Committee chairpersons. If you enjoy planning field trips to interesting birding destinations – and there is no lack of those in southern Arizona – then consider taking on this role with our chapter. We continue to seek an Editor for the Trogon News. Currently, due to a full time job and his other commitments, Robert Weissler can accommodate only quarterly issues. We would prefer to return to our customary monthly publication schedule if an interested person steps forward. Useful skills for this position include document editing and layout using a word processing package like Microsoft Word, OpenOffice (free download), or NeoOffice for the Mac (also free download). Also, modest photo editing skills are helpful, e.g. iPhoto for the Mac. Help and guidance are readily available for any volunteer position of interest. If you wish to join us, please discuss with Mike Guest or any other officer listed on the back cover of this newsletter.

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Interested in Monitoring Breeding Birds in the Huachucas?! A new study is in the planning stages to commence next year, namely a project to determine the effects of fuels reduction (thinning the forest, prescribed burns, etc to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health) on cavity-nesting birds (especially Whiskered Screech-Owl and Lucy's Warbler) as well as a host of other neotropical migrants and gamebirds. Huachuca Audubon is a partner in this prospective project and plans to organize volunteers to monitor breeding birds in the study area. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months...! -Robert Weissler,

Local Programs and Events Check the web site ( for the latest updates to the schedule of events. HAS monthly meetings will move to a classroom at Cochise College this fall. June 7th, Saturday, 3:30 pm. HAS Annual Meeting (election) & Potluck Picnic at San Pedro House. No HAS Monthly Programs during the summer recess. Upcoming Field Trips June 8th, Sunday, 7:30 am. HAS Field Trip to Carr Canyon/Comfort Spring. June 11th, Wednesday, 7:00 am. FSPR bird walk. Meet at San Pedro House. June 28th, Saturday, 7:00 am. FSPR bird walk. Meet at San Pedro House. July 9th, Wednesday, 7:00 am. FSPR bird walk. Meet at San Pedro House. July 14th, Monday, 8 am. HAS Field Trip, Hummingbirds at Ash Canyon B&B. July 26th, Saturday, 7:00 am. FSPR bird walk. Meet at San Pedro House. Aug. 10th, Sunday, 7:30 am. HAS Field Trip to Miller Canyon & Beatty's Orchard. Aug. 13th, Wednesday, 7:00 am. FSPR bird walk. Meet at San Pedro House. Aug. 23rd, Saturday, 7:00 am. FSPR bird walk. Meet at San Pedro House. Note: Due to the high price of gas, car pool passengers are expected to provide adequate compensation to their driver, about 8 cents per mile. Weekly events Every Sunday at 7 am April through September (8 am during winter months). Bird Walk at Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park. Limited to 20 participants with two docents. Every Monday at 7am, Birdwatching Field Trips to the San Pedro River. 2-3 hour birding field trips to Gordon Lewis' property on the San Pedro River. Meet at the pull-off just west of the bridge on the north side of Highway 92 (near Palominas, gate numbered 10663). Monthly events 2nd Wednesday at 7am Apr-Sep, 8am Oct-Mar Bird Walk at San Pedro House. 4th Saturday at 7am Apr-Sep, 8am Oct-Mar Bird Walk at San Pedro House. June 2008 3

Huachuca Audubon Society 2008 Field Trips
The HAS Outings Committee has planned many interesting outings for the summer of 2008. June 8th - Carr Canyon/ Comfort Spring Field trip to the high Huachucas. Meet at the Perimeter Trail parking lot, Carr Canyon 7:30am to carpool. Be prepared for a 2-mile hike at a relaxed pace; the trail is rough with some steep sections, so bring water and sturdy shoes. We will be looking for high elevation specialties such as Greater Pewee, Virginia’s and Olive Warblers, and the Buff-breasted Flycatcher. Trip is free and open to the public. Leader: Robert Weissler (803-0794, July 14th - Ash Canyon B&B Field trip for hummingbirds at Mary Jo Ballator’s well endowed yard starting at 8am. From Sierra Vista, take Highway 92 to mile marker 332.7; turn west on Turkey Track Road; continue to the end, turn right on Spring Road; the B&B is the last place on the right. Trip is free and open to the public, but a donation to help maintain the feeders is requested. Leader: Alan Blixt (515-9458, August 10th - Miller Canyon Meet at 7:30am at the Forest Service parking lot, located just below Beatty’s Orchard, at the upper end of Miller Canyon Road (west off Highway 92). We will hike up the Miller Canyon trail to the ‘second stream crossing’ in search of Huachuca mountain specialties such as Red-faced Warbler and Hepatic Tanager, then we will spend some time at the hummingbird feeders at Beatty’s orchard. The trail is rough and steep, so bring water and wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for a 2 mile uphill hike at a relaxed pace. Trip is free and open to the public, but a small fee is required to access the upper feeders at Beatty’s. Leader: Robert Weissler (803-0794,

Conservation News
For all those with an interest in the San Pedro River, the URL below will lead to wet-dry maps for the Upper San Pedro since 1999 and the 2007 maps for the whole basin. These procedures are now being expanded to other rivers statewide under the auspices of The Nature Conservancy and the University of Arizona. One caution, from this site, the download is over 13 MB so be careful if you do not have a high-speed line!

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Skulls and Tracks to Enter Classrooms
Why does the Toucan have such a large, colorful bill? What does the Javelina do with its relatively large canine teeth? How are an animal’s feet adapted to the animal’s habits? The Friends of the San Pedro River and Huachuca Audubon Society have joined educational forces by contributing to a joint collection of specimens of skulls, pelts and animal tracks. Some of you may have already seen the collection at a community event recently. Members of both organizations’ education committees will make the specimens available to schools and other community groups. Both groups already have outreach programs involving local schools. Volunteers who have training and experience in environmental education will soon be ready to take the “Bone Box” into classrooms, to assist teachers with their science curricula. They hope to promote appreciation of the natural environment, stimulate reasoning skills, and just plain generate curiosity and awe about the natural world in viewers. Some of the concepts that may be explored with students are biodiversity, correlation of structure and function, adaptations, food chains and webs, habitat and niche, and their significance to the human species. All of these relate to Arizona Department of Education Science Standards. Oh, and in case you were wondering, no animals were killed for the sole purpose of providing specimens for the “Box”. -Virginia Bealer

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Audubon Adventures: An Opportunity to Participate in Environmental Education If you've ever wanted to share your appreciation for the natural environment with youngsters by stimulating their curiosity and discovery of nature, here's your chance. Audubon Adventures is a nationally acclaimed environmental education program of informational brochures, posters, activities and action tips geared for grades 3 - 6. Teachers who receive the kit get a guide, resource manual and a one-year subscription to Audubon Magazine. Each classroom kit contains materials for 32 students, at a cost of $45, which includes shipping. Subject matter and activities in the kits are in alignment with national science and language arts standards. Millions of school children have participated in this program since its inception in 1984. Following are just two among the many accolades the program has received from teachers. These and other information about Audubon Adventures are posted at the website: "I have been using the Audubon Adventures educational materials for many years and have always found them to be well designed and appropriate to the educational needs of my students. Young minds always seem to be eager to learn all they can about nature. Audubon Adventures can motivate even the most reluctant learners. " -Susan Campbell, Fourth Grade, Webutuck Elementary, New York. "Audubon Adventures reading materials and lesson plans help students understand and respect the natural world around them. We are matching the kit materials with our sixth grade science curriculum. " -Pasadena Unified School District K-12, Program Specialist, Pasadena, CA Huachuca Audubon has a list of local teachers who have used Audubon Adventures in the past, and would like to continue to do so, plus several others who would like to receive a package. If you would like to donate a kit to any of these teachers, please send your check to our treasurer, Phil Tucker, HAS, P.O. Box 63, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636-0063. Your donation to Huachuca Audubon for this kit is tax deductible. If you would like a particular teacher in our area to receive a kit, please include the following information with your payment: a. school name and mailing address, b. teacher's full name and c. grade taught. Please address any other questions regarding this education outreach project to Sally Rosen at

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Huachuca Audubon Spring Field Trip Reports
San Pedro Riparian NCA, 21 April 2008 Eighteen HAS members and guests, including some British birders, had a fine walk on 21 April 2008 along the San Pedro River, with 69 species tallied during our five hour loop to the south from San Pedro House. There was a Great Blue Heron and a Green Heron at Kingfisher Pond, plus another Green Heron at Black Phoebe Pond. "Mexican" Ducks, N. Shoveler, and Am. Coots were also seen at the bigger pond. Early arrivals for the walk had a Gambel's Quail at San Pedro House. An adult Gray Hawk soaring over the cottonwoods was a favorite, but we also saw Turkey Vulture, Swainson's Hawks, and a fly-by Am. Kestrel. The usual White-winged and Mourning Doves were seen, while a perched Great Horned Owl was another highlight of our trip. Black-chinned Hummingbirds were common around the feeders, but a Broad-tailed Hummingbird was only heard as its ringing sound passed overhead. Both Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers were seen. More challenging were the Empidonax flycatchers, with several eluding identification, but we did see at least two each of Hammond's and Gray Flycatchers. Vermilion Flycatchers were plentiful; other flycatchers included Say's Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Cassin's and Western Kingbird. A single Loggerhead Shrike was spotted in the yucca grasslands. Poor views of a Bell's Vireo were augmented by its vigorous singing. We had better luck seeing at least five Cassin's Vireos, some of which were also singing. Swallows included N. Rough-winged, Cliff, and Barn. All the wrens were true to their skulking nature, but we found Bewick's, House, and Marsh Wren. We heard, but did not see, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a sign that these common winter visitor have moved north. We did see several Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, but only those at the front of the line saw a single Hermit Thrush. Both Curve-billed Thrashers and European Starlings were around San Pedro House. Nine species of warblers were tallied, with a female MacGillivray's Warbler being the most elusive. The other warblers were Orange-crowned, Lucy's, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Gray, Townsend's, Wilson's, and Com. Yellowthroat. Summer Tanagers put on a colorful show, and we saw Green-tailed, Canyon, and Abert's Towhees. Sparrow numbers were low, although we had a good variety-Chipping, Brewer's, Lark, Fox, Song, Lincoln's, White-crowned, and Dark-eyed Junco. Pyrrhuloxias were at the house feeders, while a Black-headed Grosbeak was along the river. Four male Bullock's Orioles were quite colorful; we also had Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, and Brown-headed Cowbirds. Finally, the three usual finches-House, Pine Siskin, and Lesser Goldfinchwere found at the feeders. Report by Erika Wilson. Trip reports continue on next page...

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Garden & Scheelite Canyons, 28 April 2008 Thirteen HAS members and guests had a splendid morning looking for birds in Fort Huachuca's ponds, grasslands, and oak-pine woodlands on 28 April 2008, with 70 species tallied during our six hour trip by car and on foot. We found our three target birds-Spotted Owl, Elegant Trogon, and Redfaced Warbler-all in the late morning during our hike up Scheelite Canyon. But we began our trip with a stop at the gravel pit ponds, where we had an unexpected Wilson's Phalarope. Other birds of note there were a Great Blue Heron, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks building a nest, Killdeer, White-throated Swift, a male Anna's Hummingbird, and a flock of Lark Sparrows. A dozen swallows there were mostly Barn, but we spotted several Violet-green Swallows and a single Cliff Swallow among them. A pair of Vermilion Flycatchers were hawking for insects, as was a Western Kingbird, while a female Belted Kingfisher sat quietly. Strong winds made the grassland birding difficult, but we did pick up a singing Botteri's Sparrow, a Pyrrhuloxia, and N. Mockingbird at one stop. Next we worked along the two ponds below Garden Canyon, between the main road and the aerostat site. A gobbling Wild Turkey was strutting his stuff, and the cottonwoods here yielded a great variety, including a male Gambel's Quail, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, a hidden, but vocal Brown-crested Flycatcher, a pair of Summer Tanagers, Yellow-rumped and Wilson's Warblers, a pair of Bullock's Orioles, and two female Cassin's Finches. The upper picnic area was relatively quiet; we did not hear a trogon there, but we did have good views of singing Plumbeous Vireos and a pair of Hepatic Tanagers. The usual Acorn Woodpeckers, Bridled Titmice, and Mexican Jays were about. Crossing the creek, we found the first Western Wood-Pewee of the season. In a nearby clearing we watched Broad-billed, Magnificent, and Black-chinned Hummingbirds at four feeders put up by the banding group. Also at this spot was an Arizona Woodpecker. Next we drove up to the Scheelite Canyon parking area, got out our walking sticks, and started up the trail to look for owls, trogons, and warblers. The score was 0 for 0 by the time we reached the split in the trail 3/4 mile up, but then a Red-faced Warbler was heard calling a bit further up. This bird was finally spotted by a few of us, but not very well. Heading down, we were delighted when a Red-faced Warbler came in right over our heads, just below the trail split. Much heartened, we checked all the oaks in the main grove carefully, again, and finally located a Spotted Owl in deep shadow, roosting quietly. With two target birds found, we were happy to finally hear an Elegant Trogon about half way back down the canyon. Everyone got to see this handsome male as he called and swooped through the trees-a great ending to our field trip. Report by Erika Wilson. HAS Field Trip: Hummingbirds, 25 March 2008 Just under two dozen Huachuca Audubon Society members and guests met at Mary Jo Ballator's Ash Canyon B&B garden to work on hummingbird identification and watch other birds coming to the feeders. We had five hummer species: Broad-billed, Magnificent, Blacked-chinned, Anna's, and Rufous. The cold weather up until this week meant there weren't any flowers in bloom yet, which helped us June 2008 8

because every hummer came to a feeder. In the bright sunlight the Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds were particularly iridescent. Other highlights among the two dozen species recorded were: Cassin's Finches with the regular House Finches, Pine Siskins, and Lesser Goldfinches. A vocal pair of Scott's Orioles appeared in the garden several times during the morning. All five woodpeckers were noted: Acorn, Gila, Ladder-backed, Arizona, and N. Flicker. A Cooper's Hawk spread panic and then perched quietly in a nearby oak. Report by Erika Wilson.

Alan Blixt's Spring Bird Walks and Hikes
Absolutely fantastic outings with Huachuca Audubon Society!!!!! On April 21st we had 18 folks for a walk on the San Pedro River. We recorded 69 species in 4+ hours including resident birds, migrants, some winter hangers on, and breeding birds back for the summer. Hawks, hummingbirds, flycatchers, woodpeckers, warblers, vireos, etc. What a fantastic morning!!! On April 28th we met to view spring migration in the foothills and mountains. 13 people carpooled onto Ft Huachuca where we found 70 species of birds! What a morning!!!! Red-faced Warbler, Elegant Trogon and Mexican Spotted Owl were seen along with beautiful Black-throated Gray Warblers, and numerous other spectacular birds. On May 12th 5 souls carpooled to the Monastery in St David where we were greeted with fantastic views of a Mississippi Kite, a life bird for me!!!! We recorded 44 species of birds including Summer Tanager, Vermilion Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Chat, Gray Hawk, Northern Cardinal, Ash-throated Flycatcher and many more. Go to to find dayes and times of outings. They are GREAT!!!! These walks are offered regularly throughout the year. Come take a walk with us. Alan Blixt

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Adventure in Peru: Machu Picchu to Amazonia
My wife Liza and I traveled to Peru in mid-May, 2008. All in all, the trip provided a diverse and satisfying sampling of Peru, in terms of cuisine, Andean music, Incan history, and the flora and fauna of the dry, temperate intermontane valleys of the Andes, the cloud forest on the eastern slopes, and the humid, Amazonian lowlands further east. A brief overview of the itinerary and highlight birds will help keep events in order. We started the tour in Lima, the capital, then flew to Cusco high in the Andes the next day. Our first destination there was the vicinity of the Huacarpay Lakes. Some highlights there were Puna Teal, White-tufted Grebe, Puna Ibis, Manycolored Rush Tyrant, Rusty-fronted Canastero, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Sparkling Violet-ear, Giant Hummingbird, and Andean Flicker. Next we took the Peru Rail train to Machu Picchu, encountering Andean Guan in trees alongside the railroad corridor. The cloud forest of the Rio Urubamba below Machu Picchu was quite productive, yielding several Highland Motmots, Ocellated Piculets, Inca Wrens, Spectacled Whitestarts and numerous tanagers, while the river provided Torrent Ducks, White-capped Dippers, White-winged Cinclodes, and Torrent Tyrannulets. After we returned to Cusco, we left the pavement behind for a white-knuckle ride of hair-pin turns above sheer cliffs – typical Andean terrain. We passed through the town of Paucartambo and over a 12,000 ft pass to descend through elfin forest to June 2008 10

reach the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge in the cloud forest of the east slope of the Andes. Before the pass, we made a stop to find Creamy-crested Spinetail and Red-crested Cotinga. On the way down to the lodge, we encountered many special birds, including Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, White-collared Jay, Golden-headed Quetzal, several species of Mountain-Tanagers and Sierra-Finches, not to mention a Masked Trogon, a bird whose portrait hangs near our living room (it looks nearly identical to our Elegant Trogon minus the coppery tail). A brief glimpse of a Red-and-white Antpitta was thrilling – the only one of its kind the entire trip. We were treated to a dazzling display in the early morning hours at the Cock-of-the-Rock lek near the lodge. The mixed species flocks that followed were some of the best of the entire trip! Barbets, tanagers, hummingbirds... the list is too numerous to mention!! We continued down to the lowlands, leaving our buses behind at the Madre de Dios river to ride on to Amazonia Lodge and our ultimate destination, the Manu Wildlife Center. In the lowlands, antbirds of many types were plentiful: several species of antwrens and antshrikes. Large White-throated and Channel-billed Toucans, Chestnut-eared Araçaris, Bluish-fronted, Purus, and White-throated Jacamars, and Broad-billed Motmot. The Red-necked Woodpecker sounded a double-knock heard through the forest, much like that attributed to the much-sought-after Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the states. Our tour of Amazonia ended in Puerto Maldonado at the confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata rivers, not far from the Bolivian border. How to sum up this trip? First, there is Machu Picchu, of course. It is largely what we imagined, quite amazing to see in person. It was raining cats and dogs when we got there and we had absolutely NO view through the fog. However, after a few hours of walking through the ruins with a guide, the fog and rain subsided enough for us to get terrific overall views. The precision of the stonework was impressive. They said only 7% of it was that "you can't get a piece of paper in the cracks" quality, the rest was a couple different grades of rustic, but still, it was a fascinating place. Lima, the capital city, undoubtedly has its share of squalor, but we stayed in a very nice section called Miraflores, two blocks from the ocean with great shopping and restaurants. The airport landing in Cusco was dramatic to say the least. It is situated just under 11,000 feet, so you fly down a long valley, then make a sweeping u-turn to return to the runway. Cusco has a beautiful square called Plaza de Armas lined with shops and restaurants and dotted with several imposing churches that the Spanish built in the 16th century. The outlying areas were lined with adobe-colored dwellings. The people of the Andes wore colorful, traditional garmets and Bowler hats. For our Andean traverse, the small buses hauled 10 passengers each along steep slopes, a true e-ticket ride - a single-lane, well-graded dirt road that went over 12,000 and 13,000 ft passes. Forget guardrails... the view from the switchbacks if you were on the "downhill" side was quite hair-raising!! If that were not enough, when someone was coming in the opposite direction, our driver would back up some distance along the precipice until there was room to pass side by side – without losing the side mirrors. We headed over the top above treeline, then back down the eastern slope, watching the elfin forest thicken into cloud forest, then primary rainforest in the tropical lowlands. We had several days of long river trips along the Madre de Dios river (which ultimately flows into the Amazon) to get to destinations. For example, we traveled seven hours to get to the vicinity of Manu National Park down in Amazonia and then a further eight hours to leave it when heading to Puerto Maldonado, where we boarded our flight back to Lima. Along the way, we were treated to flocks of June 2008 11

Scarlet, Red-and-green, Chestnut-fronted, and Blueand-yellow Macaws, plus white caiman on the shores of the Madre de Dios. Manu was where Liza had her “monkey” encounter. There was a pet emperor tamarin at Manu Wildlife Center (see photo), who was cute enough while scampering around and screeching at us, but one afternoon she got into our room. And now our decision not to get rabies vaccinations before the trip appeared to be misguided. Just when we were looking up at it thinking about how we might get her out of the room, she launched herself at Liza, jumped onto her head, then grabbed her ears and started trying to nibble the earrings off. Perhaps she thought they were food. Of course, with a primate on her head nipping at her ears, all we could think of was the movie 'Outbreak'. I wasn't much help either, since I was busy trying to photograph 'Frida' while trying not to laugh! The commotion in our room was like a scene from a Disney movie with our unwanted guest leaping from wall to wall and bed to bed, knocking down the mosquito netting. There was a plethora of colorful, charismatic birds, of course! In all, the group overall had 440 species or so. And with all those birds and hours outdoors comes a big appetite. We were well fed throughout the trip, even in the most remote areas! Some specialties included ceviche in Lima, cuy al horno in Cusco (though we didn't get a free evening to try it), not to mention a drink called a pisco sour. We also sampled the local beer, namely Cusqueña. Chewing the coca leaves (yes, it's legal) at high elevation helped ward off altitude-induced ailments, although the most we had was a mild headache anyway. We thought the leaves tasted like spinach. We tried alpaca and llama meat, which tasted good, but the fish was the best. And, of course, we shopped around for alpaca sweaters! During the trip the weather was cool and rainy at higher elevations, sometimes downright cold high in the Andes, while in the lowlands, it was predictably steamy and downright hot in direct sunlight. Hat, water, and sunscreen were necessities during the trip as they are here in Arizona. We did get a few serious rainstorms that soaked us rather thoroughly, once while on the river in the boats. Accommodations were very good. The more remote lodges, namely the Cock-of-the-Rock and Amazonia Lodges and Manu Wildlife Center, had no tv, phones, nor Internet. Generators provided electricity for the kitchen facilities, but there was no power in the rooms, so we functioned by candlelight. Candlelight and mosquito nets in a rainforest lodge has a nice ambiance. There was hot water at every lodge, so showers were welcome events, particularly given the omnipresent humidity. The bottom line is that we had a terrific experience and that we would love to return to sample more of Peru. We would have liked another day in Cusco, another day in Lima, more time in the rainforest, there was some local food we didn't get to try, birds we didn't see... but what we did see, hear, taste, smell, and feel will remain a rewarding experience with vivid memories that will last a lifetime. -Robert Weissler June 2008 12

Mail Correspondence to: HUACHUCA AUDUBON SOCIETY P.O. Box 63 Sierra Vista, AZ 85636

President, Mike Guest Vice President, Robert Weissler 378-0667 803-0794

Huac Aud Soc B03 7XCH

Secretary, Anne Graf Treasurer, Phil Tucker 803-8440 Field Trips, Robert Weissler & Alan Blixt Programs, <vacant> Conservation, <vacant> Education, Ginny Bealer 378-6341 Membership, Ginny Bealer 378-6341 Trogon Editor, Robert Weissler Director, Ginny Bealer Director, Tricia Gerrodette Director, Dave Cunningham Director, Sherry Cunningham Director, Alan Blixt

378-6341 378-4937 378-2201 378-2201 515-9458

AZ Audubon Council Rep. Tricia Gerrodette Webmaster, Robert Weissler 803-0794

National Audubon Society - New Member - $20, two years - $30, renewals - $35, Seniors - $15. Membership includes subscription to Audubon Magazine. Make check payable to National Audubon Society. For NAS membership changes and status call 1-800-274-4201. Friends of Huachuca Audubon Society – Individual $10 annually, Household - $15 annually. Provides no affiliation to National Audubon. Make check payable to Huachuca Audubon Society. The Trogon News newsletter is provided to all members via the HAS web site - Mailed copies or monthly email notification is available upon special request to HAS editor and/or secretary. Send all checks to Huachuca Audubon Society, PO Box 63, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636.


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