Birding the Flagstaff Area highlights some of the most significant birding spots of the region – where to go, how to get there, and what to look for.
This is huge country. Hundreds of miles of pine-clad rim country roll away to tablelands and pinon-juniper mesas. Towering volcanic peaks loft boreal zones above their aspen flanks and overlook the painted deserts and arid lands all the way to the Colorado River in the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
The full color maps and easy to follow directions will aid every birder. Many will find the Specialities of the Region section which lists various local “specialities” and where and when to find them of particular interest.
Gary Romig whets the appetite for the destinations with colorful illustrations. His maps not only aid in locating the birding hot spots but are artful in themselves.
Authors/Editors Frank and Linda Brandt, together with many Audubon chapter members, took on the formidable task of selecting and describing the hottest birding spots in the Flagstaff and Grand Canyon area.
In recent years,the Sedona-Verde Valley area of Central Arizona has become recognized as a prime birding location. The area’s amazing diversity of habitat and bird life is evident amid mountains and spectacular red rock canyons, among the riparian beauty of the Verde River, Oak Creek and Tavasci Marsh and in untold acres of grassland and sweet-scented pinyon, juniper and Ponderosa pine forests. The Verde Valley is a birder’s paradise waiting for you in the heart of Arizona.
Before many knew of this, Virginia Gilmore was out looking for birds in the Verde Valley almost daily. She explored the highways, back roads, paths, creeks and just about anywhere she thought there might be birds. Birding Sedona and the Verde Valley is an excellent guide to those places she found most special for bird life. The full color maps and easy to follow directions will aid any birder to where they have a chance to see the 182 plus possible bird species.
Birders will find the Sightings and Locations list in the front of the book very helpful as it lists each species commonality, season seen and location. Accidental sightings are given with dates.
Gary Romig, wildlife artist and former Jerome resident, collaborated to illustrate the book with handsome images of local avian species as well as colored maps which pinpoint the key locations.
Virginia Gilmore was a longtime resident of Sedona and has placed her vast store of local knowledge into print. Shortly after publication, Virginia passed away and NAAS has planted a wonderful grove of Cottonwoods, the Gilmore Grove, at the Oak Creek Important Bird Area in Page Springs, Arizona in her honor.