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Living With Nature Full Season Schedule

 

TUCSON Click on the name of the speaker for a biography.
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September 20, 2017
Katie Fallon Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird with Katie Fallon
Vultures are often overlooked, underappreciated, and unloved, despite the vital role they play healthy ecosystems. Worldwide, vultures are more likely to be threatened or endangered than any other group of raptor, but in the United States turkey and black vultures may be increasing in number. Based on Katie Fallon’s new book, this presentation will discuss the life and times of the noble turkey vulture, including its feeding, nesting, and roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions.Book Signing with Katie Fallon before her presentation!
3:00–4:00pm. Meet the author of ‘Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird’ at the Tucson Audubon Society Nature Shop at 300 E University Boulevard, #120, Tucson, AZ 85705.

October 7

 

 John Rowden Planting hope: landscaping with native plants to benefit birds
Audubon’s Bird-friendly Communities conservation strategy is guided by the principle of improving communities all over the country by providing birds with food, shelter, safe passage and places to raise their young. Native plants provide resources that support birds in each of those areas, and research is demonstrating that even small patches of habitat planted with natives – down to the yard and neighborhood scale – can benefit birds. In 2016, Audubon introduced the nationwide Plants for Birds program that provides resources and support, with the goal of helping people put native plants in the ground in gardens, yards, and community spaces. John Rowden will summarize the benefits that native plants provide to birds and explore the resources we have developed to support the planting of natives, with a particular focus on the desert southwest. Planting native species is something everyone can do that can have tangible benefits for birds. Our program begins with an advocacy update from Dinah Bear

November 11

Steve Vaughan The Wonder of Hummingbirds
As a biologist and a photographer, our guest speaker Steve looks at hummingbirds through two different lenses. From his biologist perspective, he is fascinated by how much we know about hummingbirds. However, as a photographer spending time with these fascinating creatures he realizes how little we actually understand. Stephen will be sharing some of his favorite hummingbird photographs and his experiences with these feathered jewels.
NOTE VENUE CHANGE!
This program is now at REI Tucson (see map)
See REI’s website for registration info

January 18, 2018

 

Robin Motzer Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation
We are fortunate to have a diversity of wildlife in Arizona, and in America.
As human population grows and people move in to uninhabited places, wildlife
lose their habitats. And as climate changes, wildlife is forced to find a new home that
is not already claimed by predators, creating an increase in conflicts with humans and
animals. Unfortunately, when wildlife is perceived as a nuisance, they can be killed.
This approach has led to a decline in some species, especially with large predators like
coyotes and bobcats and creates imbalances in the ecosystem, when they are no
longer a part of nature’s equilibrium. Trying to eradicate coyotes creates a domino
effect of issues including filling the void, increasing number of pups and the food chain
imbalance.  Healthier ecosystems benefit us all. Finding ways to prevent conflicts
without lethal control is in the best interest of wildlife and humans alike.
Learn harmonious coexist tips and stories to help make better choices in what and
how we consume and to help us coexist with other species on our planet.
Note: Due to the stress placed on animals when going off-site, Tucson Wildlife Center
does not bring them to talks and presentations.
Note: Location – REI Tucson, 160 W Wetmore Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705, (520) 887-1938 You must register at REI’s website, rei.com/events/83555/urban-wildlife-rehabilitation

February 2018

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March 12, 2018

Maddox Wolfe and Charlene Westgate How You can Make a Difference for Native Wildlife
Did you know that you can provide critical habitat for Arizona’s wildlife in your own backyard? By planting native flowering plants, trees, and shrubs, you can become part of the growing movement to create pockets of habitat within the city that are essential to the survival of our native birds, butterflies, bees, and more! Join Maddox and Charlene for an informative panel discussion about Tucson Audubon Society’s new public program, Habitat at Home and permaculture landscape design.

 

GREEN VALLEY Click on the name of the speaker for a biography.
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October 7

 

Dinah Bear Saving Santa Ana (Again)
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, often described as the “crown jewel of the national wildlife refuge system” is under immediate threat as the result of a decision that the first new border wall construction will occur there.  The plans would leave the entire Refuge, except for the visitor’s center, on the south side of the wall, between a 40 foot wall and the Rio Grande River, subject to massive flooding, cleared vegetation, lighting, and other threats.  Sadly, this may proceed even if Congress does not appropriate new funding for the larger border wall.  Our speaker is Dinah Bear who has recently visited the Refugee and works with a number of organizations trying to save the Refuge, will explain why Santa Ana must be saved, the nature of the threats, and what you can do about it.

November 4

 

Karen Krebbs Amazing Hummingbirds!
As we continue Tucson Audubon Society’s Year of the Hummingbird, join us to learn hummingbird facts and fun! Karen has been studying hummingbirds for 30 years and will share her knowledge on hummingbird identification, entertaining behavior, nesting biology, and ways to attract these tiny jewels to your garden and home.

December 2

Maddox Wolfe and Charlene Westgate How You can Make a Difference for Native Wildlife
Did you know that you can provide critical habitat for Arizona’s wildlife in your own backyard? By planting native flowering plants, trees, and shrubs, you can become part of the growing movement to create pockets of habitat within the city that are essential to the survival of our native birds, butterflies, bees, and more! Join Maddox and Charlene for an informative panel discussion about Tucson Audubon Society’s new public program, Habitat at Home and permaculture landscape design.

January 6, 2018

 

Robin Motzer  Living with Urban Wildlife
Tips, facts and safety on living with wildlife. Sometimes people don’t always know the best approach to dealing with animals, and other times misinformation is to blame. How you, your neighbors, and your community can help wildlife and coexist peacefully. Learn tips on how to take a diplomatic, friendly approach to educating your neighbors who may not know the best approach to harmoniously live with wildlife, and how to make them more receptive to changing their behavior. Includes: How to rescue an injured, ill or orphaned wildlife; Desert wildlife facts and frequently asked questions; and Humans are animals too. Note: Due to the stress placed on animals when going off-site, Tucson Wildlife Center does not bring them to talks and presentations.

February 2018

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March 2018

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April 2018

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 ORO VALLEY Click on the name of the speaker for a biography.
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January 20, 2018 Robin Motzer What to Do When You Encounter Wildlife
Tips, facts and safety on living with wildlife.  Sometimes people don’t always know the best approach to dealing with animals, and other times misinformation is to blame. How you, your neighbors, and your community can help wildlife and coexist peacefully.  Learn tips on how to take a diplomatic, friendly approach to educating your neighbors who may not know the best approach to harmoniously live with wildlife, and how to make them more receptive to changing their behavior. Includes: How to rescue an injured, ill or orphaned wildlife; Desert wildlife facts and frequently asked questions; Humans are animals too.
Note: Due to the stress placed on animals when going off-site, Tucson Wildlife Center does not bring them to talks and presentations.
March 17
Steve Vaughan
How to Identify Birds of Prey
Birds of prey can be challenging to identify. Here is an opportunity to learn some simple characteristics to help you identify these birds. Steve Vaughan is a professional photographer and ornithologist that has put together some formulas to guide you through this process. This program will be followed up with a field trip to the Tubac Hawk watch on Sunday, March 18th.Stephen Vaughan 719-649-8741 StephenHVaughan@Gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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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