PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation to designate Sierra Vista as the official Hummingbird Capital of Arizona.
“Arizona attracts millions of visitors from around the world each year,” said Governor Ducey. “They come for our amazing weather, limitless recreation opportunities, our stunning landscapes and they come in droves to places like Sierra Vista to bird watch. Birding is an integral part of Arizona’s thriving tourism industry and this legislation acknowledges Sierra Vista’s unique role in this sector of our economy. I’d like to thank Representative Gail Griffin for leading this effort.”
Birders can observe nearly 15 species of hummingbirds and more than 300 other bird species in the canyons, forests, and riverbanks in and around Sierra Vista, the largest community in Cochise County. This activity has garnered wide attention from birders around the world. Southeastern Arizona has for years been a birding hotspot.
“Our local, national and international bird-watching communities have had the opportunity to observe some of this beautiful wildlife in Sierra Vista, where countless hummingbirds and other species make their way every year,” the Governor added. “Rep. Griffin’s legislation celebrates this exciting fact, and adds another reason to why Arizona is the best state in the country to visit and live.”
House Bill 2807 passed both chambers of the Arizona Legislature with large bipartisan majorities.