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WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT LOCAL BIRDS

Dear friends of birds,
There are days when the offices of Tucson Audubon might be mistaken for a lumberyard. Sawdust piles dot the floor like miniature sky islands. Stacks of wood planks tower over workstations. The smell of fresh-cut cedar permeates the air. Like most of our work, these conditions are of a seasonal nature. If you stop by and think the building is under construction, chances are you’re visiting on the eve of Lucy’s Warbler breeding season.

Tucson Audubon began a formal program to study the nesting habits of the West’s only cavity-nesting warbler in 2015. Due to extensive loss of native mesquite habitat, Lucy’s Warbler nesting opportunities have declined. In an effort to provide this vulnerable species with new breeding opportunities, staff and volunteers designed and built more than a thousand tiny boxes. Early observations indicated the bird would nest in hollow gourds and even tiny decorative boxes—despite frequently reported claims to the contrary. Our team further observed the species using both saguaro holes and the peeling bark of mesquite trees to create nests with two points of entry and exit. This lead to the creation of innovative, dual-entrance nestboxes—and a conservation breakthrough! Learn more about the program.

At a time when it can seem impossible to protect a tiny migratory bird like Lucy’s Warbler, it’s uplifting to achieve conservation success. In 2018 more than 200 Lucy’s Warblers were successfully fledged from our nestboxes. Even more encouraging is the number of birders and non-birders, homeowners, business operators, and non-profit partners who are eager to make a difference for this species. Your contributions to Tucson Audubon’s winter appeal make cutting edge projects like this possible.

Thank you for your generosity and support.

Sincerely,
Jonathan E. Lutz
Executive Director

“As a professional conservationist, I find it inspiring to see so many southeast Arizona residents supporting Lucy’s Warblers with nestboxes.”

Olya Phillips

Citizen Science Coordinator

“We are delighted to see our initial observations blossom into a meaningful citizen science program at Tucson Audubon!”

Joy and Wade Remer

Tucson Audubon Members

The extensive loss of mesquite habitat threatens Lucy’s Warbler, but for several years now Tucson Audubon has pioneered an effort to protect them—and with your help we are making a difference!

  • 133 citizen scientists engaged
  • 9 nestbox models designed,built, and tested
  • 4 breeding seasons of experimentation
  • 1,488 boxes installed in backyards and project sites

Summer 2018 we had a breakthrough! More than 200 young Lucy’s Warblers fledged successfully from our boxes across southeast Arizona!

Our careful observations of Lucy’s Warbler nesting habits resulted in the creation of two innovative, dual-entrance designs. These accounted for 75% of the boxes chosen for breeding.

This is what success looks like for community-based science and bird conservation.

WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT LOCAL BIRDS

Through innovative programs like the Lucy’s Warbler Nestbox Project, volunteers and donors empower Tucson Audubon to bring contributions to science and bird conservation.

You make this possible.

PLEASE GIVE TODAY

WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT LOCAL BIRDS

Through innovative programs like the Lucy’s Warbler Nestbox Project, volunteers and donors empower Tucson Audubon to bring contributions to science and bird conservation.

You make this possible.

PLEASE GIVE TODAY

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447