Greenlee County Birding

The Gila River Watershed in Greenlee County is rich with diverse wildlife habitats that are attractive to bird-watchers. Field research in recent years by the Arizona Field Ornithologists, from the "Important Bird Area" of the Blue River to the Sand Hill cranes wintering zone near Duncan on the Gila River, have confirmed that there are significant bird populations county wide in all seasons.  Local birding enthusiasts have designated, marked, and developed ten easily-accessible birding trails. You are invited to be among the first to discover this often overlooked,beautiful,wild portion of Arizona.   

Local Contacts:    

  • Susan Snyder, Chase Creek Marketplace, 928 865-1251, snyder248@gmail.com
  • Deborah Mendelsohn, Simpson Hotel, 928 359-3590, innkeeper@simpsonhotel.com
  • Steve Ahmann, Rainforest Plants, 928 865-2085, steveahma@yahoo.com
  • Dianne Vandell, 928 792-9546, vandellbrss@gmail.com


Current Events:  Since Greenlee County's weather is generally mild and enjoyable, birding is always "open".  You are welcome to contact any of the above individuals to obtain additional information or schedule an event or tour.  With ten easily-accessible trails already mapped, it is easy to get started on your own, and locals are anxious to help with any questions or situations of which you have need.       
Past Events:  Local birding enthusiasts have scheduled a series of "bird-walks" over the last two years to explore the best viewing sites for visitors to the county.  These have generally taken place on Saturday of each month and are sometimes still happening.