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Living With Nature Monthly Program

Tucson Audubon's Living With Nature Monthly Programs entertain, inform, and educate. Expert guest speakers give timely presentations on birds, birding, and habitat conservation and other environmental issues that affect the health of birds. These free educational programs are open to the public, all are welcome! No reservation is necessary in Tucson and Green Valley. You must RSVP for the Oro Valley talk at 520-622-6014.

SEE THE FULL 2016-2017 season schedule  or scroll down to see upcoming talks


Success at Season Kickoff!

Ken_Lamberton_Alison_Hawthorne_Deming_Executive_Director_Karen_Fogas_Richard_SheltonWords on Water: A Literary Celebration of the San Pedro launched this year's Living with Nature, our free public series. Some of Tucson’s nationally-recognized authors, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ken Lamberton, and Richard Shelton offered readings inspired by their passion for the San Pedro River and its surroundings. 85 people attended this follow-up to our June event, Storytelling on the San Pedro, which drew nearly 200. These events are designed to build awareness about serious issues affecting the San Pedro River and its rich bird life.

Attendees viewed art work by the San Pedro River Arts Council whose members live throughout Cochise County and for whom the river is an inspiration.


We welcomed new members Dale Sakahara, Noreen Doyle, Linda and Harry Stacy, and volunteers, Tom Richardson and Pauline Loftus.

Congratulations to Dorothy Johnson, the raffle winner of the Squirrel Buster Bird Feeder!

Special thanks to Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market for providing platters of food.

Your collective support and your voice give weight and gravitas to our conservation and advocacy efforts on behalf of significant issues like preserving the Southwest’s last major free-flowing river. If you wish to learn more about why membership matters, please click here.

Photo credits: Joanna Strohn


TUCSON - September through May (none in December, see Holiday Potluck), usually the second Monday of the month, 6:00-6:30pm- social time, 6:30-7:30pm-program.
Tucson lectures are held at the Pima Community College Downtown Campus in the Amethyst Room, 1255 N. Stone Ave. See updated map See map

October 24, 2016
ELTR_LoisManowitzThinking Beyond Borders: "Our" Birds and Where They Come From
with John Yerger

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.

Elegant Trogon image by Lois Manowitz.


November 14, 2016
Mimicry is Not Just for Mockingbirds!
with Rich Hoyer, tour guide for WINGS  Birding Tours and local eBird reviewer                         
Rich first noticed the fascinating behavior of mimicry in birds when he was just a teenager. He has since then taken the time to learn about this behavior and become a local expert on the topic. This audiovisual presentation will showcase mimicry in songbirds throughout the Americas. Rich will share his enthusiasm for this curious and often entertaining behavior. He’s sure to have you whistling a bird song by the end of his presentation!

Please join us! Visit our Facebook Event page for this event: facebook.com/events/1035510376559915/


GREEN VALLEY - November through April, first Saturday of the month, 10:00--11:00 am
In Green Valley, the lectures are held at Green Valley Recreation's Desert Hills Social Center, 2980 Camino del Sol. See map

November 5, 2016
HUMMINGBIRDS: Flying Jewels of Arizona! with Karen Krebbs
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!


ORO VALLEY -  Saturdays, 12:00--1:00pm
In Oro Valley, the lectures are held at WNPA Western National Parks Association 12880 N Vistoso Village Dr. See map
Please RSVP to 520.622.6014 as space is limited to 60 seats per lecture.

January 21, 2017

Recent Seasonal Distribution and Status Arizona Birds
with Troy Corman
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.