Maricopa Audubon Society Birds in Maricopa County

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.


For information on our Annual Banquet, May 6, 2014,
with guest speaker Troy Corman, please visit our program page.



Herb Fibel 1930-2014

Herb Fibel

Sadly, Herb Fibel suffered a fall on New Years Day and passed away January 2. Many people play supporting roles in Maricopa Audubon Society, but Herb was it’s lifeblood, keeping us on track, recruiting (raise your hand if you took a Basic Birding class from Herb!), embracing the room with his small stature but enormous presence, regaling us with unbearably corny jokes. He was passionate about birding and conservation as the two are entwined.  He was warm hearted and principled, a gentleman and a mensch.

We had a Celebration Of Herbs Life on Saturday, January 11 at Shalimar Country Club in Tempe. The house was standing room only and many wonderful memories were shared by people from the many branches of Herb's life.

Donations may be made to a fund established in Herbs honor to promote education in conservation and birding.

Make checks out to "Maricopa Audubon Society" with a notation "Herb S. Fibel Education Fund " and send to:

Maricopa Audubon Society
c/o Matt VanWallene
11004 E Villa Park St
Chandler, AZ 85248


Graphic Impact of Cattle Grazing on Riparian Ecosystems
High Resolution Version

Burrowing Owl Relocation

Other Arizona Websites

Our chapter history is online. See interesting archives and chapter progress.

Maricopa Audubon Society History


Field Trip Chair Wanted

The field trip chair solicits field
trips from knowledgable
leaders and compiles
them quarterly for publication
in the Cactus Wrendition.

Would you like to help
Maricopa Audubon Society
continue to offer this
valuable activity for members
and non-members alike?
Please contact any
board member.

We are active in habitat conservation for birds and other wildlife, with emphasis on riparian habitat, old-growth forest, and habitat used by endangered species. Our education committee sets up programs for local schools, and sponsors scholarships. We also sponsor numerous field trips throughout the year, mostly near the Phoenix metropolitan area, but also to other parts of Arizona and (occasionally) out of state.


Devils Canyon
This riparian treasure (pictured right) is threatened by Resolution Copper Mine. Devils Canyon runs south of US 60 just east of Oak Flat Campground.

Devils Canyon

Verde Salt Confluence.  The Salt River above Granite Reef

A Maricopa Audubon Society Success Story

The Salt River above Granite Reef Dam

This area is the site of the proposed Orme Dam, which would have flooded miles of critical riparian habitat on the Salt and Verde Rivers. Today, it is home to desert-nesting Bald Eagles and hundreds of other species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, and plants that depend on this endangered riverine ecosystem. Maricopa Audubon was instrumental in stopping the dam project. In the background is Red (Sawik) Mountain, on lands of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

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