Tuzigoot National Monument, in central Arizona, was established by presidential proclamation to preserve one of the largest known pueblos of Sinaguan origin. The pueblos, built during AD 1100–1450, were excavated and reconstructed by CCC workers and two University of Arizona graduate students (one of whom was Louis Caywood) during the 1930s. Today you can tour the two-story pueblo and get an birds-eye view of the land. If you're lucky, hawks and Turkey Vultures will soar at your level when you climb to the top of the Tower Room. Rock Wrens will certainly greet you!
Birding at Tuzigoot
Wait... Isn't Tuzigoot a Cultural Site?
There's More Than Meets the Eye at Tuzigoot
Cultural and natural resources are often intertwined. Tuzigoot Pueblo was built above Tavasci Marsh and the Verde River - out of the flood plain and leaving excellent farming opportunities open. Those two water sources are also great places for year-round and migratory birds!
In fact, Tavasci Marsh was named an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. Visit Tuzigoot today, and you can take a walk down from the hill onto a path that meanders past the marsh, through a Mesquite Bosque and Cottonwood groups. Imagine all the differet birds you might spot! Don't forget to take the 2013 bird checklist, too.
We keep working at it, too
Despite being named an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society, Tavasci Marsh (as well as the Verde River) have been at risk of impairment at some point. Tuzigoot partners with the NPS' Sonoran Desert Inventory and Monitoring Network to monitor climate, invasive plants, water sources, and birds. Together, we can help ensure that Tavasci Marsh will continue to be a resource and home for all kinds of birds at Tuzigoot.