TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Governor Doug Ducey today signed legislation designating the Sierra Vista as Arizona’s official hummingbird capital.
âArizona attracts millions of visitors from around the world each year,â Governor Ducey said. âThey come for our incredible weather, our limitless recreational opportunities, our stunning scenery and they come in droves to places like the Sierra Vista for bird watching. Bird watching is an integral part of Arizona’s thriving tourism industry and this legislation recognizes Sierra Vista’s unique role in this sector of our economy. I want to thank Representative Gail Griffin for leading this effort.
Bird watchers can observe nearly 15 species of hummingbirds and over 300 other species of birds in the canyons, forests, and shores of and around Sierra Vista, the largest community in Cochise County. This activity has caught the attention of bird watchers around the world. Southeastern Arizona has been a hotspot for birding for years.
âOur local, national and international birding communities have had the opportunity to observe some of this magnificent wildlife of the Sierra Vista, where countless hummingbirds and other species make their way every year,â added the governor. Representative. Griffin’s legislation celebrates this exciting fact and adds another reason Arizona is the best state in the country to visit and live.
House Bill 2807 passed both houses of the Arizona Legislature with large bipartisan majorities.
âArizona not only has a good economyâ a great place to work, but it also offers a wide range of activities for the birding community, âsaid Representative Gail Griffin. âThe Sierra Vista (and its surroundings) is home to a variety of magnificent species of birds and wildlife. This law highlights and celebrates our beautiful community and all that it has to offer to our citizens and visitors.
Sierra Vista, and more specifically Ramsey Canyon Preserve, is known by many as the âHummingbird Capital of the Worldâ. It is owned and operated by Nature Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of land and water around the world.
Gov. Ducey’s signing of the law was greeted positively by Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona Board of Tourism.
âArizona is home to wonderful beauty, abundant wildlife and a pleasant climate that attracts many travelers to our state each year,â said Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona office of tourism. âThe designation of Sierra Vista as the Hummingbird Capital of Arizona is another great distinguishing feature of our state’s travel offerings!â
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