Notes from the Canyon: 2017 in Review

Chaetura Canyon has had an exceptional year with more than 300 visitors!

Highlights of 2017 included:

  • 5 workdays attended by 62 volunteers contributing more than 2300 hours to cut and haul out countless cubic yards of juniper slash, haul mulch to the Upper Canyon trails and many other projects.

  • 20 events were held including the two annual fund-raising dinners, Birdathon Breakfast and Lunch and four Second Saturday Swift Watches.

  • Several new events included monthly Saturday Morning Canyon Crawls, Girl Scouts working on their Animal Habitat Badge, Mikeal Behren’s Birding-by Ear Class, Brick Donor Appreciation Day, and even more are planned for 2018! For starters, watch for Jane Tillman’s “Two Hour Tuesday” coming in February.

  • A new program to train Docents was initiated. Our first graduates, Sarah and Rafael Ruiz, lead two tours!
  • Some of the projects included; construction of the “Windows on Nature” birding blind; permanent benches at the top of the Rim Trail; construction of a new trail system into and through the previously inaccessible southern portion of the sanctuary including two new foot bridges; re-construction of several aging sets of steps on the trails; Steps, steps, steps! More than 100 new Juniper steps were installed on the trail system this year bringing the total number to 554; and Rafael Ruiz filmed four seasons for a documentary film about Chaetura Canyon.

The Windows on Nature

Back side of Windows on Nature

View from inside Windows on Nature

New benches on top of Rim Trail

New bridge

New trail and steps


We wish to express our sincere appreciation to Travis Audubon membership, staff, Board of Directors, the Chaetura Canyon Management Committee and many volunteers for supporting Chaetura Canyon Sanctuary in 2017.

We look forward to your visit in 2018! Check the calendar and TAS web site for upcoming workshops and events.

Georgean and Paul Kyle
Founders and Sanctuary Stewards
Chaetura Canyon

Help Chaetura Canyon build on its 2017 accomplishments by making a donation here!