The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the birds of southeastern Arizona, their habitats and the diversity of species that share those habitats through research, monitoring and public education.
SABO was founded in 1996 to address the growing needs for educational activities, ecotourism development and conservation-oriented research on both public and private lands in southeastern Arizona. Working cooperatively with government agencies, other non-profit organizations, businesses, and private landowners, SABO takes an active but non-confrontational role in local and regional conservation. Our programs include:
- Guided bird walks, tours, and educational workshops at local and regional birding “hot spots.”
- Providing birding information to visitors, residents, businesses, and public agencies.
- Study of breeding and migrant hummingbirds on the San Pedro River, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, Friends of the San Pedro River, and private landowners.
- Promotion of environmentally responsible economic development through efforts such as the Southeastern Arizona Birding Trail project.
- Development of the regional volunteer workforce through the Cochise Master Naturalist program, in cooperation with the Friends of the San Pedro River, Southwest Wings Birding Festival, and Cochise College.
Though a few programs have been funded through fees, contracts, or grants, much of SABO’s work is made possible by the generosity of its members and donors. If you find this web site useful, whether in planning a birding trip or just answering a question about birds, we hope you will consider becoming a member or making a donation to help us continue and expand our work on behalf of birds and the people who love them.