Arizona Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Tuzigoot COA

This COA is an Important Bird Area that surrounds the Tuzigoot National Monument. The area contains a variety of upland and riparian habitats, including a 2-mile stretch of the Verde River, Peck’s Lake, and Tavasci Marsh. This complex of unique features creates high quality upland, wetland, and aquatic habitats for migratory and breeding avian species. Much of the threats to this COA entail water quality and quantity that could diminish the mosaic of wildlife habitats.

Conservation Goals

  • Improve management of water delivery to maintain appropriate levels of water quality and quantity to support these habitats.


Primary Threats

1. Agriculture

1.3: Livestock farming and ranching

4. Residential and Commercial Development

4.1: Housing and urban areas

9. Natural System Modifications

9.2: Dams and water management

Potential Conservation Actions

2. Land and Water Management

2.1: Site/area management
  • Improve management of trespass cattle in certain unprotected areas of the COA, especially in the riparian areas.
2.2: Invasive/problematic species control
  • Remove invasive plant species such as salt cedar and Russian olive which are encroaching on parts of the riparian and wetland complex.
2.3: Habitat and natural process restoration
  • Improve management of water flow and diversion to maintain adequate levels in Peck’s Lake as well as functionality of associated wetlands in the COA.
  • Remove some problematic vegetative species such as cattails to retain vital open water in wetland areas.

5. Law and Policy

5.2: Policies and regulations
  • Maintain in-stream flows in Verde River to support wetland and riparian areas.

Habitats Present

Strategy Species


American Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle, Common Black Hawk, Lazuli Bunting, MacGillivray's Warbler, Scott's Oriole, Sora, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Virginia Rail, White-throated Swift, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo


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Big Free-tailed Bat, Canyon Mouse, Fringed Myotis, Hoary Bat, Pale Townsend's Big-eared Bat, Western Red Bat, Yuma Myotis


Sonora Mud Turtle, Mexican Gartersnake


See Associated Aquatic COAs for fish species.

Protected Areas and Other Areas of Conservation Value

  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • Deadhorse Ranch State Park
  • Verde River Greenway State Natural Area

Potential Partners

  • No associated Potential Partners

Relevant Conservation Plans

Associated Aquatic COAs