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Eric Moore
Courier columnist

Eric Moore is the owner of Jay’s Bird Barn, with two locations in northern Arizona — Prescott and Flagstaff. Eric has been an avid birder for over 50 years. If you have questions about wild birds that you would like discussed in future articles, email him at

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This Saturday, September 24th, is National Public Lands Day. Thus, the Peregrine Fund and the Bureau of Land Management are hosting a celebration by releasing captive-bred California Condors at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

By Eric Moore September 21, 2022
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Wild bird migration is one of the greatest wonders in nature. The fact that creatures — some of them weighing mere grams — can migrate thousands of miles twice a year is a feat beyond our imagination.

By Eric Moore September 14, 2022
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Several months ago, I was approached by a member of the Las Vegas Red Rock Audubon Society Chapter and asked if I would be willing to lead a guided bird walk for their group to Butterfly Springs, on Mingus Mountain. As you might imagine, I agreed.

By Eric Moore September 7, 2022
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This past week I led a Jay’s Bird Barn sponsored bird walk to Mingus Mountain. Our planned itinerary was to bird an area known as Butterfly Springs. However, when I arrived at our meeting place, I was informed that the area where we would normally park had been washed out.

By Eric Moore August 31, 2022
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This past weekend I spent quite a bit of time in Watson Woods Riparian Preserve, chronicling the impact of our summer monsoon rains.

By Eric Moore August 24, 2022
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Over the last few weeks, our abundant summer monsoon rains have turned the Arizona Central Highlands green!

By Eric Moore August 17, 2022
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This past week was a whirlwind. Here’s a brief recap. My last day of guiding the group of birders from Las Vegas was on Wednesday. We visited the Environmental Operations Park in Sierra Vista and birded the San Pedro National Riparian Conservation Area.

By Eric Moore August 10, 2022
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Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the Hummingbird Festival hosted by the International Hummingbird Society, in Sedona, Arizona. This week I have been watching hummingbirds!

By Eric Moore August 3, 2022
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This week’s rains have been a welcome relief. Prior to this week, we have had less than an inch of rain at our home for the entire month of July.

By Eric Moore July 27, 2022
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Over ten years ago we started our own seed mixing operation, making custom seed blends that are habitat-specific to the Arizona Central Highlands.

By Eric Moore July 20, 2022

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