FSPR Lecture Series: Saving the San Pedro River

The Friends of the San Pedro River will host Steve Pawlowski, the Water Sentinels program coordinator for the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Steve Pawlowski of the Sierra Club

Steve Pawlowski of the Sierra Club

Come learn how we can use citizen science, hands-on conservation, and advocacy to help shape a more sustainable future for one of the most ecologically significant rivers of the Southwest. March 20 at 7 p.m. at the BLM/Forest Service public meeting room, 4070 E Avenida Saracino, Hereford (off Hwy. 92 between Ramsey and Carr Canyon Roads).

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more info, call 520-459-2555 or visit www.sanpedroriver.org.

Film Festival in Bisbee March 13, 14

On stage at the festival

On stage at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Friends of the San Pedro River will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on March 13 and 14 at the Central School Project in Bisbee from 6 PM to 9 PM, plus a Friday afternoon Kids Program at 1 PM on March 14. Tickets are only $5 (kids under 16 enter for free when accompanied by an adult) and will be available at the door the day of the event. Bring your friends and introduce them to FSPR. Mark your calendars and plan to join us

Sunday AM EOP walks need docents

Tour leaders needed for Sunday morning bird walks at the Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park! 

These walks take about 3 hours. You do not need to be a birding “expert” since most of the people who attend know quite a lot about birds and only want the ability to get inside the EOP fence. The main duties are to get people to sign the waiver form, unlock and lock the gates, make sure people stay on the paths, and create a bird list for the tour. Training is minimal and will be provided at your convenience. Please contact Dutch Nagle (dutchpat@cox.net or 378-7229) if you can help out

Ron Beck gets 301 species for Big Year!

Ron has surpassed 300 species!! #300 was Common Merganser and #301 was Common Goldeneye.   Track Ron Beck’s “Bicycle Big Year” and help support the work of the Friends of the San Pedro River at the same time! Pledge whatever amount per species that you can and follow Ron’s progress on our Facebook page  as he surpasses 300 bird species in Cochise County in 2013! YOU can help us reach the $15K match from the Conservation Lands Foundation. Thanks to those of you who have already contributed!!

Submit BLM volunteer form each year

Volunteers, have you already submitted a BLM Volunteer Service Agreement form?
If you haven’t already completed and signed a volunteer form since October 2013, the Board of Directors of Friends of the San Pedro River (FSPR) and our BLM partners would like all volunteers to submit a signed Volunteer Services Agreement annually to FSPR (who will send it on to BLM). To do so, please first read the BLM Risk Management Worksheet prepared by the BLM for FSPR volunteer activities. It is available either as an e-mail attachment or on the website or as a hardcopy which can be found at the BLM/Friends office, at San Pedro House, and at Fairbank Schoolhouse. Next, please read, complete, and sign the enclosed BLM Volunteer Service Agreement form and return it in the enclosed envelope. The volunteer agreement needs to be signed by each volunteer for Friends of the San Pedro River just once a year. It covers volunteer activities described on the form and performed on any lands managed by the BLM Tucson Field Office (TFO). Note that the FSPR Assistance Agreement and the FSPR liability insurance covers additional volunteer activities, including those not on BLM-managed lands.