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TUCSON Click on the name of the speaker for a biography.
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October 24, 2016

John Yerger Thinking Beyond Borders: “Our” Birds and Where They Come From

Arizona is famous for its great variety of birds. We often speak fondly of “our” birds or talk about how many great birds “we have” in Arizona. In truth, many of the species that make up Arizona’s avifauna are only part-time residents. Even a year-round native like our official state bird, the Cactus Wren, occupies a range that is primarily outside the state’s boundaries. Join this virtual journey throughout the hemisphere as we explore the many places “our” birds live beyond our borders.

November 14, 2016

Rich Hoyer Polyglottal Passerines – Mimicry Is Not Just For Mockingbirds

While birding at Oregon’s Finley National Wildlife Refuge in his teens, Rich Hoyer heard the most amazing thing – a Purple Finch incorporating sounds of a California Scrub-Jay in its jumbled song – and thought he had discovered something new, since such behavior wasn’t mentioned in any field guide. Since then he’s been fascinated and intrigued by mimicry in birds, collecting personal observations and recordings of the phenomenon. In this audiovisual presentation, Rich Hoyer will present examples of mimicry in songbirds from throughout the Americas and share his enthusiasm for this curious and often entertaining behavior.

January 23, 2017

Karen Krebbs A Love Affair with Hummingbirds!

Conservation Biologist Karen Krebbs will entertain you with 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. Arizona is home to an exciting diversity of hummingbird species and these small energetic pollinators will make you smile and laugh!

March 20, 2017

Susan Wethington Hummingbirds in a Changing World

What are the challenges that hummingbirds face and what can we do to help?

Changing land use patterns, habitat loss, and changing climate conditions are significant drivers that affect hummingbirds’ ability to survive and thrive. The Hummingbird Monitoring Network is working with multiple universities and organizations to understand and predict how hummingbirds will respond to these changes. In this presentation, Dr. Wethington will present information about hummingbirds, some recent research results that suggest how hummingbirds may respond to these changes, and offer suggestions on how each of us can help hummingbirds thrive.

April 10, 2017

Robert Mesta Feathers and the Native American

Native Americans, throughout their history have maintained a special relationship with the birds in their environment. The donning of feathers is a celebration of an ancient connection, a spiritual communication, forces are joined and the dancer assumes the attributes and power of bird he/she impersonates. Historically, it’s this relationship that has sustained the Native American way of life throughout North America. The 20th century brought a series of laws, land reforms and societal changes that threatened this relationship and triggered the decline of both Native American cultures and the birds they revere. Robert will present this little known but compelling story and what is being done to reverse this scenario.

May 15, 2017

Sheri Williamson Holistic Hummingbird Hosting

A bottle of sugar water is all you need to attract hummingbirds to your porch or patio, but these fast birds need more than “fast food” to survive. A few simple tweaks to your feeders and garden can help promote the health of both your hummingbird visitors and the native ecosystems on which their survival depends.

 

GREEN VALLEY Click on the name of the speaker for a biography.
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October 1, 2016

Rosie Bennett, Laura Cotter, Jenise Porter, Deb Vath Strutting our Stuff! Planning a Colorado Grouse Birding Trip without a Guide

Four of Tucson Audubon’s dedicated, world traveling volunteers will prepare you for your very own exciting bird trip to find the Magnificent Seven Grouse of Colorado: Gunnison Sage-Grouse, Greater Sage-Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Dusky Grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Lesser Prairie-Chicken, and White-tailed Ptarmigan. Our 10-day travels took us over 1100 miles in search of these magnificent birds. We’ll share our planning, tips, and adventures so you’ll feel confident to plan one of your own!

November 5, 2016

Karen Krebbs HUMMINGBIRDS: Flying Jewels of Arizona!

Conservation Biologist Karen Krebbs will entertain you with 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. Arizona is home to an exciting diversity of hummingbird species and these small energetic pollinators will make you smile and laugh!

December 3, 2016

Renee Duckworth The Nature of Change: Bluebirds, Fire, and Forest Succession

A major challenge to understanding how diversity is maintained in avian communities is linking behavior of individuals to interactions among species. In this talk, Renee will show how successional replacement of bluebird species emerges as an indirect consequence of competition that mothers experience for nest cavities. Mothers transmit information about the competitive environment to their offspring by altering hormones in their eggs and produce a feedback loop between mother’s experience, offspring behavior and community change. Renee will discuss the implications of these findings for our understanding of avian communities in both natural post-fire and man-made nest box habitat.

January 7, 2017

Sheri Williamson Holistic Hummingbird Hosting

A bottle of sugar water is all you need to attract hummingbirds to your porch or patio, but these fast birds need more than “fast food” to survive. A few simple tweaks to your feeders and garden can help promote the health of both your hummingbird visitors and the native ecosystems on which their survival depends.

February 4, 2017

Laura McHugh Raptor Migration in Central and Southeastern Arizona

Migrating raptors are known to use “leading lines” (topographic features such as mountain ranges and coastlines) to help guide migration. The mountain ranges in central and southeastern Arizona are regarded as a potential flyway for migrating raptors because they are oriented from northwest to southeast. In this talk, Laura will discuss the drivers behind migration and why raptors use certain flyways. She will share her own research and findings from monitoring the mountain ranges and rivers in central and southeastern Arizona. She will also discuss the conservation implications wind farms have on migrating raptors.

March 4, 2017

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. Stephen 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 2 field trips to the Tubac Hawk watch on Sunday March 5th and Thursday March 16th.

April 1, 2017

Susan Wethington Hummingbirds in a Changing World

What are the challenges that hummingbirds face and what can we do to help?

Changing land use patterns, habitat loss, and changing climate conditions are significant drivers that affect hummingbirds’ ability to survive and thrive. The Hummingbird Monitoring Network is working with multiple universities and organizations to understand and predict how hummingbirds will respond to these changes. In this presentation, Dr. Wethington will present information about hummingbirds, some recent research results that suggest how hummingbirds may respond to these changes, and offer suggestions on how each of us can help hummingbirds thrive.

 

 ORO VALLEY Click on the name of the speaker for a biography.
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January 21, 2017

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March 18, 2017

Troy Corman

Recent Seasonal Distribution and Status Arizona Birds

Many of us that bird regularly have noticed that some birds are migrating earlier and new species are showing up in places where we never have seen them before. This is an opportunity to learn from a pro what really is happening. Troy’s presentation will highlight the steady (and sometimes rapid) changes in the distribution and seasonal status of Arizona birds during the past decade or so. Topics will include not only recent range shifts of certain species of birds, but shifts in timing of migration, timing of nesting, and species which now winter regularly that historically were not found or rarely detected during the winter in the state. Seasonal abundance of species has also changed for many species and some of these will be discussed.

May 20, 2017

Jim Bennett, Larry Weigel, Starlight Noel-Armenta Protecting Raptors from Electrocution We will be presenting TEP’s program which is a partnership with the University of Arizona and consists of a proactive approach to providing raptor friendly structures while ensuring safe and reliable electric service to customers and complying with federal regulations.

 

 

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