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2018 Birdathon

Spotting birds in support of Tucson Audubon . . . that’s the essence of Birdathon, a southeast Arizona tradition since 1987.

Between April 7th and May 7th, the “Traditional” Birdathoner will pick a 24 hour period and go birding for the birds, raising support and awareness all across southeast Arizona. The “Creative” Birdathoner will bring extra personality to their Birdathon and stretch it out over multiple days/weeks.


What is Birdathon and how do I participate?

  • Like walk-a-thon, but instead of walking, go birding and gather pledges per species seen. Click the “About” button below for more details!
  • Fun challenge everyone – kids, adults, beginners, and experts. How many bird species can you find?
  • Hold your Birdathon any time from April 7 – May 7; your day can last from 1 hour to 24!
  • Join a team or lead one! Gather a group of friends and go find birds for a fun, different activity
  • Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories for those doing a “Traditional” Birdathon that takes place during a 24 hour period.

CREATE YOUR TEAM AND SIGN UP at  Questions? Contact us at


Celebrate at the Birdathon After-party! May 18. RSVP now

Join the staff of Tucson Audubon at Borderlands Brewing Company on Friday, May 18 from 5–10 pm to honor all the Birdathon participants who “Birded for the Birds” and helped us reach our spring fundraising goal. All Birdathon participants are welcome!

Come pick up your 2018 Birdathon souvenir T-shirt! PRIZES will be awarded to Birdathoners in the Traditional Category for a variety of categories including: a grand prize, most species seen, most funds raised

Try Birdathon sponsor Borderlands Brewing Company’s limited edition bird-themed beer made especially for our Birdathon!

RSVP here!


Homestead Era Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop 

Learn the clefts and whips of grafting apple, pear, apricot, and plum trees. Watch instructor Rodd Lancaster demonstrate the techniques for each species up close, and then graft your own tree under close supervision that you can take home! Rootstock and a variety of scion options provided.

During the Homestead Era in Arizona (1914-16) settlers from the east were required to plant an orchard to take ownership of the land. A rare few of these century-old fruit trees still exist, tucked away in old ranches and abandoned homestead sites. We’ve collected scions from a number of these durable survivors, as well as the remaining fruit trees planted by Wally Paton at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds, and will be grafting them onto modern rootstock suitable for southern Arizona.

Choose from three options and register by clicking on the link:

If you’d like to know more about this project you can email Kari Hackney at

Birding Southeast Arizona App: Now for Android and iOS

A great interactive companion to our Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona, the new Birding Southeast Arizona app is now available for Apple iOS ($9.99) and Android ($7.99) devices. A collaboration between Tucson Audubon and the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory, with funding from the Southeastern Arizona Birding Trail committee, the app covers over 130 birding sites in six subregions in and around Tucson, all vetted by local experts.

The app takes bird-finding in southeast Arizona to the next level:

  • Use GPS to find birding “sites near me”
  • View details and a list of common species for each site
  • Get turn-by-turn directions and find nearby amenities
  • Search all sites for a “target bird,” and find the nearest location
  • Access Audubon’s online bird guide for quick reference in the field
  • Plan your next trip by searching for sites near a city or ZIP code
  • Tag your favorite spots and share with your friends
  • Track and log your sightings and share custom sighting maps with your friends via Facebook

Proceeds benefit the education, research, and conservation programs of the Tucson Audubon Society and the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory.

Learn more and download a copy


Tucson Audubon’s 2017 Annual Report

Learn about the outcomes of our very successful 2017. Information and updates on all of our conservation, advocacy, recreation and engagement activities.

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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


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