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Classes and Workshops

Register online for any of these workshops by clicking the links below. Please contact LaNella Gaines by email or phone at 520 488-2868 if you have any questions. “Meet our Instructors” below.


Advanced Topics: Flight and Feathers with Homer Hansen

One of nature’s wonders, the flight of birds is an amazing physiological feat. In this workshop you will take an in depth look into the how and why of bird flight, and how to use observation of flight patterns as an identification aid. We will delve into the complexities of migration, skeletal structure, and anatomy, as well as flight behaviors. A one day field trip will connect field observations with the topics discussed.

  • Cost $110. Limited to 10 participants
  • Classroom session: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, October 5, at the Tucson Audubon Library
  • Field trip: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 7, location TBD



Introductory Topics: Bird Identification – Sharpening Your Observation Skills with Homer Hansen

What do you observe when you are looking at a bird?  The art of identification has many challenges; however, a strong foundation in observational skills can aid in the most challenging of circumstances – quick looks, fly-bys, bad lighting, etc. Observing birds, their behaviors, and their overall size, shape and structure is a learned skill, and this workshop intensively delves into seeing ALL of the bird and its surroundings. This workshop is intended for novices as well as birders of any skill level who wish to expand on their observation skills.

  • Cost $110. Limited to 10 participants
  • Classroom session: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, October 19, at the Tucson Audubon Library
  • Field trip: 7:00 to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 21, location TBD



Bird Photography with Stephen Vaughan

Learn how to take better photographs of your favorite birds from Stephen Vaughan, a professional photographer and ornithologist. Stephen will teach you how to take better pictures of your favorite birds through learning basic photography techniques, fill flash skills, and what bird photography equipment you need. He will enlighten you in the skills you need to take beautiful portraits of birds, how to capture the poetry of birds in flight as well as birds up close in their nests. In addition, the class covers the ethics of bird photography.

  • Cost $110. Limited to 10 participants
  • Classroom session: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, October 26, at the Tucson Audubon Library
  • Field trip: 7:00 to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 28, at Sweetwater Wetlands



Beginning Birding with Jim Logan

Explore the basics of bird watching with classroom instruction and field trips. Learn what birding is all about, how to select binoculars, which birding guides to use, and the techniques of identifying and enjoying birds found in the Sonoran Desert.

  • Cost – $110 OR join Tucson Audubon for $45 individual membership prior to first class. Current Tucson Audubon members may attend for free. Limited to 25 participants.
  • Two 1 1/2 hour classroom sessions: Wednesdays, November  8 and 15,  6:00 to 7:30 pm at Pima Community College NW Campus
  • Two field trips: Saturdays, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., November 11 and 18, locations TBD



Beyond Birds

In this series of workshops, you will explore a variety of topics related to birding such as land ethic, nature journaling, important bird habitat, landscaping for sustainability, and the biodiversity of our unique region to name a few. You will also learn how to support bird populations in our urban environment, while making lifestyle improvements for you and your family.


Gardening to Attract Hummingbirds with Lynn Hassler

Hummingbirds are, in a word, mesmerizing. With wings buzzing and a-blur, these diminutive creatures seem to defy the laws of physics and flight. Learn a bit about their lifestyles and how to create a beautiful, natural garden with plants that are sure to attract their attention.

  • Cost $25. Limited to 15 participants
  • Saturday, October 14, at 10:00 -11:30 a.m. at the Tucson Audubon Library



Ecology Programs


Riparian Family Institute

Hosted in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, Tucson Audubon is offering a weekend outdoor program for the entire family! The program focuses on kid-friendly exploration of the rich plant and animal life found along the beautiful San Pedro River. Activities include river walking, birding (including looking for owls at dusk), black lighting for insects, live mammal trapping, and a campfire!

Next TBD


Meet the Instructors

Homer Hansen is the author of the G.I.S.S. Series bird identification guides and has been bird watching in the southwest since 1995. Homer is a native of Willcox, Arizona and served as chairman of the Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival for 17 years. He feels fortunate to have grown up surrounded by Sandhill Cranes in winter and Cassin’s Sparrows in summer. He is also co-founder of the Sulphur Springs Valley Young Birders Club and the annual Arizona Young Birders Camp. Homer has a passion for sharing bird watching with others and instructs numerous workshops about birds, birdwatching, and bird ecology.

Lynn Hassler is the author of Birds of the American Southwest; Hummingbirds of the American West; Roadrunners; Gambel’s Quail; The Raven: Soaring Through History, Legend, and Lore; and co-author of Hot Pots: Container Gardening in the Arid Southwest. A birder for over 40 years, Lynn’s travels to observe nature have taken her to all seven continents.

Jim Logan is a retired middle school science teacher, the former Director of the Alaska Bird Observatory, and a former president of the Northern Arizona Audubon Society. Jim has enjoyed the connection of birds to the natural world for 40 years.

Stephen Vaughan is a professional photographer and ornithologist. Stephen moved to Tucson a year and a half ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he was the president of the Aiken Audubon Society for five years.

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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