Surveys for cuckoo will be conducted in July and August on the Agua Fria River.
On Saturday, June 23, 2018, the Friends conducted our 11th annual walk of the Agua Fria River to map the presence and absence of water.
It is all the more ironic that the following day the flow at the so-called Mayer gage on the river, below the confluence of Big Bug Creek, again went 'flat line' and showed no surface flow at the gage for the next 17 days. This finding at the gage agrees considerably with reports from the 30+ volunteers who monitored seventeen segments of the river. Much of the river is drying. If this year's summer monsoon does not produce significant rainfall and runoff we will see further loss of riparian habitat.
A similar loss of flow at the gage occurred in early July 2017 but rains caused some restoration of flow. Findings from our Wet-Dry mapping will be compared with the records of precipitation to see how closely the flow of the river correlates to the timing of the rain.
For pictures of this year's WD event please visit our Facebook page @FriendsAFNM .