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August 5–9, 2020 | Tucson, AZ

NOTE: 2020 Festival registration is postponed until at least May 4.


New 2020 programs, workshops, and presentations posted below

Events – Workshops, Free Talks & Evening Programs

 

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival Opening Reception

Wednesday, August 5
5:00pm – 6:00pm, Free with festival registration

Kick-off the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival right by starting our bird list, hearing from the festival coordinator and featured speakers, and picking up your gift bag. Meet guides, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers, and fellow festival participants while enjoying appetizers and a cash bar. Sign-up through online registration, limited to first 200.

Green Drinks: A Tucson Conservation Happy Hour

Thursday, August 6
5:30pm – 7:00pm, $10/person
See details below

Birds & Brews sponsored by Beaumont/Port Arthur Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

Friday, August 7
5:30pm – 7:00pm, Free with festival registration
See details below

Festival Culmination & Keynote Presentation “The Birder Brain” with Alvaro Jaramillo

Saturday, August 8
6:00pm – 8:30pm, $45/person
See details below

 

Photography: Hummingbird Photography Workshop with Stephen Vaughan

  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • $20/person

Hummingbirds can flap their wings up to 80 times a second, which can present quite the challenge for a photographer. This is the perfect opportunity to learn the specialized techniques needed to create stunning images of hummingbirds. This workshop includes both a classroom discussion and field instruction to maximize your learning experience. The field instruction is limited to eight participants. We will cover ambient light, fill-flash and high-speed flash photography techniques. Join professional nature photographer Steve Vaughan for this fantastic opportunity to experience the joys of photographing these flying jewels. Recommended equipment: Digital SLR, TTL flash, tripod and a telephoto lens capable of focusing close enough the fill the viewfinder with a 5 x 7 inch object. You can email Steve at StephenHVaughan@Gmail.com if you have questions. Field workshop portion is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately. Fee for classroom portion will be refunded if also registered for field portion.

 

Indian Wildlife with Ashley Boon

  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

Description forthcoming

 

Nestboxes in the Arid West with Olya Phillips

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

Previously thought to be unsuitable for the arid west, nestboxes are proving to be an important conservation tool when installed correctly. Secondary cavity-nesters cannot drill their own holes for nesting, instead, they rely on woodpecker species and other natural events for creating a cavity. The competition for suitable cavities among these species is high, especially with the continuous urbanization and habitat destruction. Providing a safe place to nest for our local birds is an integral part of a Habitat at Home yard. Find out what species use nestboxes in our area along with their nesting preferences. Join our Citizen Science Coordinator, Olya Phillips, to learn more about Tucson Audubon’s studies to develop a protocol for safe nestbox installation in Arizona.

 

Identifying Sparrows with Alvaro Jaramillo

  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm
  • $10/person

Description forthcoming

 

Birds of the Preserve (Patagonia-Sonoita Creek) with Kathe Anderson

  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

While most visitors are dazzled by the colorful migrants and summer visitors of Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, we shouldn’t overlook the resident species that help make the preserve a lively avian destination most anytime. This presentation will highlight 14 species of birds regularly seen at the Preserve, including some challenging look-alikes, and focus on basic identification and interesting back-story information. Species include Bewick’s Wren, Bridled Titmouse, Lesser Goldfinch, Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers and several members of the sparrow family.

 

Photography: Photographing Birds in Flight, Big and Small with Krisztina Scheeff

  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm
  • $20/person

It can be incredibly rewarding to photograph birds in flight. Equally, however, there can be nothing more frustrating than the very same thing. In this classroom & field workshop professional photographer Krisztina Scheeff with KS Nature Photography will teach you lots of tips and tricks, camera settings and more to help you get those fantastic in flight bird shots. Field workshop portion is limited to two 8 participant trips and you must sign up separately. Fee for classroom portion will be refunded if also registered for field portion.

 

How to Study and Learn Bird Songs (and Memorize Anything!) with Tom Stephenson

  • 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • $10/person

Identifying the warblers and other species singing in the field is one of the most enjoyable and satisfying aspects of birding. However trying to learn and remember the important ID points of bird vocalizations can be difficult and sometimes very frustrating. This lecture will cover many new techniques that make it easier to identify singing warblers and other species. It will cover how to use Song Finders, and the best approaches to identifying an unknown song. Based on the system outlined in The Warbler Guide, the lecture will also explain how understanding a song’s structure, using objective, easy-to-hear song qualities, can speed up the identification process and make separating similar-sounding species much easier. Learning and remembering songs is another important skill for birders. The workshop will also cover the science of memory and learning, and outline a system that works very effectively for memorizing bird vocalizations (and anything else!)

 

Green Drinks: A Tucson Conservation Happy Hour

  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • $10/person. 50% of proceeds goes directly to Tucson Audubon work in the Sonoita Creek Watershed

“Green Drinks Tucson” is a monthly happy hour for conservationists to converse and network – this month in partnership with the SE Arizona Birding Festival! Join us for this opportunity to learn more about the diverse conservation efforts happening in Arizona. This is open to anyone who shares an interest in conservation and sustainability. Whether you are coming in for the festival, a local interested in learning more, or a regular Green Drinks attendee – All are welcome! Includes drink ticket and appetizers.

Photography: Telling a Story with your Photography: The Sandhill Crane, their Beauty, Grace, and Behavior with Don Carter

  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

We love to photograph birds but as photographers we should try to tell their story.  Story telling with our images provides a picture (pun intended), a narrative of the different species we photograph.  With a series of images our stories should convey a beauty, an emotion, a mood that we wish to present to a larger audience. Using sandhill cranes as the subjects, this presentation will cover the techniques of photographing a series of images, camera settings, locations and times, and behaviors. Creative photography techniques that will help provide interest and mood to your stories will be covered.

 

The Economic Impact of Arizona’s Rivers, Lakes, and Streams: How water-based outdoor recreation contributes to state and local economies with Haley Paul, Policy Manager for Arizona Audubon

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

In the Spring of 2019, Audubon Arizona released a report evaluating the economic contributions of outdoor recreation along Arizona’s rivers, lakes, and streams. In order to conserve and protect the waterways we care about, Audubon wanted to make the economic case for protecting these precious resources. Outdoor recreation along Arizona’s waterways—think fishing, wildlife watching, picnicking, camping, and hiking—is a thriving industry, annually generating $13.5 billion in economic output and supporting 114,000 jobs statewide. Results of the report are also broken down by every county in the state, demonstrating the impact local waterways provide to local economies.

 

A Beginner’s Look at Dragonflies and Damselflies in Southeast Arizona with Laurens Halsey

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

Have you been curious about dragonflies but mystified by the challenge of identifying them? Join Laurens Halsey for a workshop aimed at providing a foundation for how to go about identifying these challenging arthropods. This will be followed by a Sunday field trip aimed at examining some of the odonate diversity found around Southeast Arizona. Field trip on Saturday is limited to 9 participants and you must sign up separately.

 

Photography: Fundamentals of Night Sky & Light Painting with Marc Morris, sponsored by Tamron Lenses

  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

Tamron Lenses presents the Fundamentals of Night Skies and Light Painting! Tamron Representative, Marc Morris, will discuss the tools one needs to capture lunar and solar photography, the Milky Way, the basic rules of light painting, and the lenses best suited to capturing all of the above. The discussion will range from color and exposure technique to Dark Skies environments, all in an effort to equip the photographers with information to help them bridge the gap between curious about starry sky imaging and successful in their night sky endeavors. Field trip in evening is limited to 7 participants and you must sign up separately.

 

Flight & Feathers with Homer Hansen

  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

One of nature’s wonders, the flight of birds is an amazing physiological feat.  In this presentation we will take an in depth look into the how and why of bird flight, and how to use observation of flight patterns as an identification aid.  We will delve into the complexities of migration, skeletal structure, and anatomy, as well as flight behaviors.

 

Never Stop Looking: Warblers from All Angles with Tom Stephenson

  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • $10/person

Our warblers are some of the most beautiful birds of the world. But their striking colors often blind birders to many of their most important ID points. This problem is compounded by the often brief and obstructed views we have in the field, making identification of many species and plumages challenging.

This talk discusses many of these very important, but often overlooked, ID points such as overall contrast, subtle facial features, color impressions, feather edging, rump contrast, and foraging style, location, and behavior. And fortunately, viewing a warbler from below can reveal some of the most important ID points for many species. The talk will cover how many tail and undertail covert patterns are, in fact, diagnostic alone or when combined with one other ID point. Individual species, especially the most challenging to identify, will then be discussed with outlines of the important ID points, comparisons with similar species, and illustrations of how even partial views can be used to identify many of even the most challenging warbler species.

 

Photography: Birding Photography with Henry Johnson

  • 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • $20/person

This class is an introduction to birding with a camera, with an emphasis on tools and techniques, both in the field and when you get home. You will learn how to approach equipment choices and techniques in the field to make getting images a rewarding addition to birding, and not a chore. Learn some techniques for image processing when you get home to make your images the best they can be. This class is designed for any skill level, including those non-photographers considering adding a camera to their birding gear. Field workshop portion (scheduled for Sunday) is limited to 8 participant trips and you must sign up separately. Fee for classroom portion will be refunded if also registered for field portion.

 

The Exciting Night Life of Bats with Karen Krebbs

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

Karen has studied bats for more than 30 years.  Learn about this exciting and unique nocturnal mammal and how it is so successful as a predator and pollinator.  There are more than 1,100 species of bats that occur worldwide.  Bats are an important part of our ecosystems and deserve our respect and admiration.  Echolocation allows a bat to fly in total darkness to locate, chase, and capture flying insects.  Bridges and other human structures are important roost habitat for many species of bats.  Nectar bats visit and pollinate columnar cactus and succulents in our area.  Also learn about the threats to bats and how we can help.  A live bat will be presented at the end of the lecture. Field trip portion is limited to 9 participants and you must sign up separately.

 

 

Birds & Brews sponsored by Beaumont/Port Arthur Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Free with festival registration

Spend an evening at the local brewery and enjoy a free meal from the food truck courtesy of Beaumont & Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau. Share your stories from recent bird trips and learn about new places to explore while drinking and eating–what could be better? Brewery off-site, directions sent to participants beforehand. Limited to first 150 registrants.

Birding 101 with Kathe Anderson

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

This is an interactive class to help you get started to enjoy birds more, covering basic bird anatomy, binocular choice, and resources about birds and where to find them, including books, apps and websites.

 

Photography: Transitioning into Bird & Nature Photography with Lisa Langell

  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm
  • $10/person

As an increasing number of birders and nature enthusiasts are turning to photography, the choices can be overwhelming for gear and accessories. This session will introduce the main categories of cameras available, as well as the pros and cons of each type of camera–from point-and-shoots, DSLR and mirrorless cameras — and even digiscoping. You’ll learn the basic terminology, key pros-and-cons of each type of camera, and how to determine your needs so that you select what’s right for you. Tips for selecting tripods, tripod heads, and truly helpful accessories will also be provided—all with a practical, budget-minded perspective so that you get what you need without over-buying gadgetry.

 

Be a Positive Agent of Change with Nicole Gillett

  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

What does it mean to be a voice for birds? How can you help make positive change in our community and beyond for birds and people? What is Tucson Audubon advocating for? Come learn about basic advocacy 101 and what it means to be a positive agent for change in your community. Each one of us can make a difference for birds and together we can build a better world for birds and people. Yes your actions matter!

 

Photography: Photography is a Journey with Lisa Langell

  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • $10/person

Are you ready for your perception of photography to permanently change? Is it time for your thinking to be challenged? We will start with the simple word, “Photograph.” Together, we will then embark on a very audience-interactive, sensory, emotional and intellectual journey. This is a truly shared experience — one where you will be surprised, enlightened, touched, and inspired. We will include your voice—along with 100s of photographers internationally—in this very unique session to highlight what photography is really about. You will reinvent your connection with how you create memory-worthy images and stories through your experiences, style, perspectives, and views about both the world–and yourself.

 

How to Misidentify the Birds: A look at Arizona’s “confusion species” with Rick Wright

  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • $10/person

Description forthcoming.

 

Festival Culmination & Keynote Presentation “The Birder Brain” with Alvaro Jaramillo

  • 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • $45/person

Enjoy some great food and drink while celebrating 10 years of the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival and the work we are doing together to inspire people to enjoy and protect birds. Special guest, Alvaro Jaramillo, will engage us with his lively presentation, “The Birder Brain”:

Birding is a lot of fun, it gets you outside, you meet great people, you see gorgeous birds, and it works your brain! Most bird identification lectures focus on field marks and the specifics of separating species. But few ask exactly how we identify birds? What is our brain going through in order to do this? Truth is that bird identification is pretty complicated. The trick is training yourself to do it like a professional. And that is the aim of this presentation—a lighthearted but informative explanation of how the birder brain learns birds. Birding is a great addition to one’s life, and perhaps something that is vital to your health in our stressful modern society.

Tickets include heavy appetizers (menu coming soon!), drink ticket, and access to presentation.

Photography: Dancing Snake 101, A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Herps with Rene Clark

  • 10:00am – 11:00am
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

Learn the basics, and my process for photographing reptiles and amphibians in the wild. Learn what to wear and bring into the field, as well as basic photographing techniques, my EXIF data, editing tips, and what authors and editors are looking for in a publishable herp photo.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before July 1, 2020 will be refunded less a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be issued after July 1. Tucson Audubon reserves the right to cancel or revise any event for any reason. If it becomes necessary to cancel a paid event (field trip or dinner) for which you have a reservation, we will notify you and issue a full refund. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.

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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

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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

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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