Bird Watching

The National Audubon Society designated approximately 2,300 acres of habitat in and around the Verde River @ Clarkdale as the Tuzigoot Important Bird Area.  The area, which encompasses lands in the Verde River Greenway Riparian Corridor, Tavasci Marsh (a spring-fed marsh of approximately 70 aces which is accessed through Tuzigoot National Monument), Peck's Lake and upland habitats, boasts nearly 200 species of birds.
bald eagle
A few of the "signature" birds in this stretch of the Verde River are:  Common Black Hawk, Bald Eagle, Black Phoebe, Wood Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Crissal Thrasher, Yellow-breasted Chat, Song Sparrow, Great Blue Heron and Belted Kingfisher.

There are numerous public access sites throughout the Tuzigoot IBA, including the Lower TAPCO River Access Point (3400 Sycamore Canyon Road), Tuzigoot River Access Point (15 E. Tuzigoot Road) and Tuzigoot National Monument/Tavasci Marsh (25 E. Tuzigoot Road).

For a comprehensive list of birds found in the Tuzigoot IBA, click here.