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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  

March 20
Hummingbirds in a Changing World
with Susan Wethington
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.


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

March 4
How to Identify Birds of Prey
with Steve Vaughan
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.


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.

March 18

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.

SEE THE FULL 2016-2017 season schedule