Welcome to Maricopa Audubon Society (MAS), a chapter of the National Audubon Society in the Phoenix metropolitan area with 2,500 members.
Though southeast Arizona is the most well-known Arizona region for birds, many of the same species are found in the Phoenix area. In recent years, we have sighted the Roseate Spoonbill, Brown Thrasher and other unusual species.
Our Mission Statement:
Maricopa Audubon Society is an
organization of volunteers dedicated to the
enjoyment of birds and other wildlife with a primary
focus on the protection and restoration of the
habitat of the Southwest through fellowship,
education, and community involvement.
Oak Flat listed in
National Register of Historic Places
In March of 2016, the National Park Service officially acknowledged the historic significance of Oak Flat Campground, listing it as the Chi’chil Bildagoteel Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.
Inside the Apache fight against development that inspired Standing Rock
Here is a link to the short film on Oak Flat by ASU School of Sustainability student, Brynn Szukala.
November 9, 2015
Released June 14, 2015
A sneak peek into "An American Battle Cry" featuring interviews with Robert A. Williams Jr., Forest Archeologist Scott Wood, Curt Shannon, Roy Chavez, Dr. John Weber, and drone-captured footage of block cave destruction. Queen Valley residents join the fight to protect their homes, ending in a direct confrontation with Rio Tinto.
Sign the Petition
Call your congressmen
Ask them to repeal the land-trade rider slipped into the National Defense Authorization Act by Arizona Senators McCain and Flake, which has signed away sacred Apache land (Oak Flat) to Resolution Mining Company.
Find your congressmen here.
Senator McCain: (202) 224-2235
(In Tucson): (520) 670-6334)
Senator Jeff Flake Phoenix - 602-840-1891
Washington - 202-224-4521
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May 7, 1927- August 30, 2014
The pillar of conservation of our chapter passed away peacefully last August, leaving behind his family and an Audubon chapter forever beholden to him for his monumental efforts to preserve species and habitats of this beautiful state. Bob served in the Navy in 1945, graduated from Oberlin College in 1950, and Case Western Reserve Medical School in 1954. He moved to Phoenix in 1958 and practiced medicine as an anesthesiologist for 30 years. During his career and retirement he devoted his life to conservation. While serving as president and conservation chairman for the Maricopa Audubon Society, he was involved in saving the desert nesting bald eagle and the Fort McDowell Yavapai and Apache Indian land by helping to defeat the proposed Orme and Cliff Dams; and later in saving the endangered Red Squirrel and sacred Apache Indian sites on Mount Graham; and in saving important habitat and a sacred Apache Indian site at Oak Flat from a destructive copper mine. He was an active birdwatcher who travelled widely throughout the world in search of birds and wildlife. Bob enjoyed photographing birds, butterflies, and dragonflies, and photographed several first state records of birds for Arizona. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Janet, another pillar of our chapter; daughter, Karen and husband, Jack Rigney; son, Jeff and his wife, Kerry; his five grandchildren, Claire Rigney, Elaine Rigney, Michael Rigney, Connor Witzeman and Haley Witzeman, as well as three sisters, Mary Reinthal, Cile Rice and Alice Edwards and husband, Rich Edwards.
Memorial donations may be made to the Maricopa Audubon Society, c/o Matt VanWallene, Treasurer, 11004 E. Villa Park St., Chandler, AZ, 85248 or to the Center for Biological Diversity, P.O. Box 710, Tucson, AZ 85702-0710, or to the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club, 202 E. McDowell Rd., Suite 277, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Environmental Justice publishes essay on Bob Witzeman
March 17, 2016. Sea World announces plans to phase out captive breeding and debasing entertainment using Orca whales. This happened three years after the release of Gabriela Cowperthwaite's 2013 documentary "Blackfish". Also on March 17, 2016, I learned that Joel Helfrich's essay on Bob Witzeman was published by Environmental Justice. Both stories are testament to the power of individuals who, with dogged determination and truth on their side, can be catalyst to sea change.
Please enjoy this outstanding essay about conservationist and hero, Dr. Bob Witzeman by Joel Helfrich, Professor of Anthropology, Sociology, History and Political Science at SUNY-Monroe Community College.
Press Releases- Marciopa Audubon Society Volume I
Published by Bob Witzeman