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August 7–11, 2019 | Tucson, AZ

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED
REGISTER IN-PERSON STARTING AUG. 7, 4PM – 6PM AT DOUBLETREE

 

Events – Workshops, Free Talks & Evening Programs

 

Best Bird EVER! I went looking for birds, and found joy, love, redemption, and more with Laura Erickson

Saturday, August 10 | Fiesta de Aves (pre-banquet) 5:30–6:30pm; Banquet 6:30–8:30 pm | $75 per person

Have you ever had such a perfect look at a bird, or watched it in such perfect circumstances, that you thought it had to be the best bird ever? Laura Erickson has found herself saying exactly that on many occasions, from special glimpses at abundant chickadees to her one and only glimpse at one of the rarest birds on the planet, the Horned Guan. Some of the birds she’s seen in her travels to four continents made the grade, but so did some of the special individuals she’s seen in her own backyard. Sometimes looking for the best bird ever can open our minds and hearts to much, much more.

Laura Erickson
“During my 44 years of birding, I’ve only made it to Southeastern Arizona three times, but each trip is embedded in my memory and my heart. The birds in this part of the country are so wonderful—from the Elegant Trogon and all those hummingbirds through the Montezuma Quail and Mexican Chickadee, the birds don’t just fill in checkmarks on our life lists but also fill our eyes and ears with beauty we can find nowhere else in the United States.

I’ve been reviewing the fascinating encounters I’ve had with birds over all those decades, compiling the most wonderful into a work that I’m calling “Laura’s Best Bird EVER!” Although the vast majority of my birding has been in the upper Midwest, it’s surprising how many of those most memorable encounters happened in Southeastern Arizona. I’m thrilled and honored to be invited to share some of these stories at the birding festival, and eagerly anticipating even more delightful encounters with your spectacular birds during my visit.”

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Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures of North America with Kevin Karlson

Friday, August 9 | 4:00–5:30 pm | $10 per person

This visually stunning program reflects the mood and content of a new book (Birds of Prey) by Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson (April 2017, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers), which is basically a natural history celebration of Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures of North America. The show starts with a video introduction and Pete Dunne’s recorded words explain the concept of the book as images of raptors are shown. All the raptor groups are then briefly presented by Kevin, with images from the book and some of Kevin’s stories about birds of prey shared. A special musical ending highlights some of the most spectacular raptor images ever assembled by 19 top North American photographers. Kevin will be available to sign copies of their newly released book.

Kevin Karlson is an accomplished birder, author, professional tour leader and wildlife photographer/instructor. He is a regular at bird and nature festivals in North America, where he gives keynote presentations, workshops on bird identification, and photo instruction. He has written several books that really help make things easier for people when identifying birds; the newest one is Gulls Simplified: A Comparitive Identification Approach.

 

Bird Journaling with Kathe Anderson at the Tucson Audubon Mason Center

  • 8:00am – 9:30am
  • $25/person includes “Write in the Rain” Journal
    One of the best ways to become a better birder is to become a better observer, and one of the best ways to become a better observer is to journal—including making written notes and sketches. This interactive indoor/outdoor program is an introduction to journaling through a series of short exercises to try—and to share. With a small class size, and lots of encouragement, you can dabble unselfconsciously with different types of journaling. Supplies will be available to borrow, and feel free to bring your own. Meets at the Tucson Audubon Mason Center at 3835 W. Hardy Road where we will meet inside and enjoy the birds at the many feeders around the grounds. Limited to 10 participants.

Hummingbird Videography Workshop with Steve Siegel

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • $25/person
    Do you marvel at the jaw-dropping high-tech movies of hummingbirds that you see on TV?  Stop marveling and start shooting. The video functions available in many digital cameras and all camcorders today give amazing slow motion of rapidly moving subjects.  It’s not just the 80 beat-per-second wings, but the fluid movements of the rest of the body that make these tiny birds so enthralling. Add ever-changing iridescent color and you have a real show.  Join bird videographer Steve Siegel to learn how to shoot hummingbirds in slow motion.  We will also discuss video techniques used in shooting other types of birds, both in flight and perched.  The classroom session will be illustrated with lots of video clips.  A companion field workshop on hummingbird videography is also available. No participant limit for class session, but field workshop portion is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately.

Easy Digiscoping with Carl Zeiss Sports Optics at Reid Park with Richard Moncrief

  • 9:30am – 11:00am
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Learn about simple ways to use a spotting scopes to take beautiful images of the natural word! Includes us of both smart phones and mirrorless camera systems. We will also take a look at post processing of your images. Reid Park will give us opportunities to use these techniques on multiple species of waterfowl, Neotropic Cormorant, and Vermilion Flycatchers. We will meet at the Reid Park parking area on the west side of the zoo (map here). Limited to 20 participants.

Event is FULL – Arizona Important Bird Areas: Where the Cool Birds Are with Tice Supplee

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • FREE (Click here to be added to the wait list)
    A virtual tour of Arizona’s 48 Important Bird Areas with tips on best time of year to visit and target bird species. Sit back and relax with your lunch and learn about some Arizona gems that can fill your birding calendar all year long. Tice Supplee is the Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Arizona, the state office for the National Audubon Society. Tice is shepherding the Audubon Important Bird Areas program and working with local chapter members and other volunteers to protect, conserve and enhance birds and their habitats here in Arizona.

Editing in Adobe Lightroom with Ben Knoot

  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • $25/person
    Join Tropical Birding Guide, Ben Knoot, in this one hour long editing workshop in Adobe Lightroom. Ben will guide you through basic editing as well as some tips and tricks to help you further your post-processing skills.

Getting Started with eBird – Making eBird easy! with Jennie MacFarland

  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    eBird, the free online birding tool, is changing the face of modern birding. The goal of this internet-based checklist system is to harness the power of both birding and science. It allows you to keep track of your bird records online and share them with the birding community, while making them available for science and conservation efforts. eBird allows birders to post sightings, keep life lists, manage their personal records and has amazing output maps and features. This workshop will teach you what eBird is and why it’s important that you contribute, show you what it can do for you as a birder, and teach you how to get started. Join Jennie MacFarland, Tucson Audubon’s Bird Conservation Biologist, and get empowered to make your observations count!

How Not to be Eaten with Margarethe Brummermann

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Birders think of insects primarily as food for their birds, gardeners praise birds for eating their garden pests, but insects have developed amazing ‘strategies’ not to be eaten. This will include everything from camouflage to mimicry, to stings and amazing chemical defenses!

Choosing the Best Optics for You with Richard Moncrief of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    With so may types of binoculars to choose from it may be confusing which one is best for your specific needs for birding. Join ZEISS in discussing the different styles and designs of binoculars to help best pick which one will be best for you.

Hummingbird Photography Workshop with Stephen Vaughan

  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • $25/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. No participant limit for class session, but field workshop portion is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately.

Desert Dozen with Kathe Anderson

  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Many birds of the desert-urban interface are familiar, but both misidentified and misunderstood! Geared for both beginning and experienced birders, this class focuses on a dozen of our common species, including our state bird, the Cactus Wren; the whimsical and popular Gambel’s Quail; the noisy mockingbird and ubiquitous Anna’s Hummingbird and Mourning Dove. We’ll also discuss the invasive city pigeon, European Starling, Great-tailed Grackle and House Sparrow. Find out which bird is a medal-winner, which is a real estate developer, and which is on the Audubon watch-list for declining populations.

Where Science and Art Collide with BBC/Netflix Cameraman, Daniel Grayson

  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Dano has spent a lifetime getting close to nature and having worked on projects with the government of Peru, San Diego Zoo, and USGS and has been allowed access to some of the most wild places. He is currently working on material for the upcoming Planet Earth 3 on Netflix and rare birds in the Amazon. The pictures shown during this presentation are an archive of adventure travel and science and he hopes to show the world the beauty of biodiversity through the use of his non-invasive photography methods. More information on Dano and sample images from this presentation can be found at www.danograyson.com.

Writing About Birds with Laura Erickson

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Laura has been writing a radio program/podcast about birds since 1986, is a columnist and contributing editor at BirdWatching magazine, and has also written more than a dozen books, including a field guide for the American Birding Association, a pocket guide for National Geographic, and a few titles for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She wrote a lot of content on the website JourneyNorth.org during the time it won two Webby Awards. Laura was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for her book Sharing the Wonder of Birds with Kids, and several state and regional awards for her writing. She’ll talk about how she started her writing career, give tips for doing sound research and blending that with personal experiences, and discuss prospects for making a sustainable career from writing, with the big takeaway, “don’t quit your day job.”

Shorebirds by Impression Workshop with Kevin T. Karlson, co-author of The Shorebird Guide

  • 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • $10/person
    This interactive indoor workshop shares a different approach to field identification that Kevin calls Birding by Impression, A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds, which is the title of his and Dale Rosselet’s book in the Roger Tory Peterson Reference Series. This ID approach concentrates initially on basic impressions of size, body shape, structural features and body motion to form a surprisingly accurate mental picture of every bird seen in the field. Shorebirds are the focus of this workshop, and comparative digitized photos encourage the audience to spot differences between similar species in direct side-by-side comparison. Kevin then shows some of the species that can be seen in your area, with comments on how to identify, age and/or sex them, and how to separate them from similar species. This ID approach is similar to the one used in Kevin’s bestselling book The Shorebird Guide (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). Test your birding and observation skills by attending this workshop and guessing the correct species using pertinent ID tips that contribute to your opinion.

Event is FULL – The Exciting Night Life of Bats with Karen Krebbs

  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • 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. No participant limit for class session, but field trip portion is limited to 10 participants and you must sign up separately.

“Green Drinks” a Conservation and Birds Reception

  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • $10/person (register here without festival registration fee or with regular festival registration)
    Meet other Southeast Arizona conservation-minded people and non-profit groups while enjoying a drink and appetizers. Drink ticket included and cash bar will be on-site.

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

  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm (limited Field Portion will be later)
  • $25/person
    Tamron Lenses presents the Fundamentals of Night Skies and Light Painting! In a seminar lasting approximately one hour, 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.
    Important Information: All people attending the lecture will receive a ticket good for a chance to win 1 of 10 spots on that evenings hands on workshop with transportation provided. Participants must have their own camera body to work with. A small pocket camera is not recommended for night sky work. Tamron will supply the lenses. All participants should arrive to workshop location by 6:45pm.

Sketching Wildlife with Saraiya Kanning of Raebird Creations

  • 9:00am – 11:30am
  • $30/person, (Please bring your own materials)
    Drawing helps us pay attention and see the world around us with a fresh eye. In this class, students will practice foundational drawing skills while learning about local Sonoran Desert birds and other wildlife. No prior experience necessary. Supplies needed: 2B graphite pencil, white or kneaded eraser, smooth drawing paper or multi-media paper, Micron pens in black (size 05 – you can buy this as a single pen or buy a pack with an assortment of sizes). Questions about supplies? Email raebirdcreationsart@gmail.com. Limited to 8 participants.

Creative Flat Lay Photography with Lisa Langell

  • 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • $25/person
    Flat Lay Photography is such a fun, creative type of photography that has infinite possibilities. It is a wonderful option for days when the weather, light or subjects for traditional nature photography are not ideal. It can even be done indoors. The purpose behind this type of photography includes stock imagery, greeting cards, business cards, posters, advertising/marketing, wall art, and more. The sky’s the limit with what you can do. You will learn:
    1. The concepts and principles of flat lay photography
    2. Techniques for shooting flat-lay images of high quality
    3. Lighting tips
    4. Indoor and outdoor options for flat-lay
    5. Important principles for the proper composition and layout of your flat lay design
    6. A few key post-processing techniques that will elevate the look and feel of your work without changing the integrity of your image.

Birding the World: Adventures from Every Continent with Chris Collins & Jacob Roalef of Birding Ecotours

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Join Jacob Roalef and Chris Collins of Birding Ecotours on a virtual trip around the world as they highlight some of the best birds – and birding destinations – on every continent. From the jungle of South America to the pristine landscape of Antarctica, and from the backyards of Europe to the desert down under, there are beautiful and unforgettable birds to be found.

Grebes “Walk” on Water to Find a Mate with Krisztina Scheeff of KS Nature Photography

  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    When it comes to dating in the world of Grebes it is not as easy as just going out for a fish dinner or a morning swim. These birds have much higher standards. If a mate cannot “walk” on water, they are out of luck. Southern California is home to hundreds of resident Western and Clark’s Grebes. These large, elegant black and white water birds breed here in the winter months. During mating season they engage in a maneuver called rushing, in which they sprint up to 50 feet across the water in coordinated groups of two or more in about seven seconds. How they do it? A combination of up to 20 steps per second, forceful slaps on the water’s surface with splayed feet, and an unusual stride help these grebes defy gravity, researchers report online in 2015 in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Come learn about the Grebes, how to spot and where to see and photograph this unique behavior (photos, videos).

Action Photography: Advanced Techniques for Nature Photographers with Steve Gettle

  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm
  • $25/person
    Want to learn how to go beyond simply making static portraits of your subjects? With today’s auto-focus exciting stop action photography is now accessible to virtually every photographer. We will discuss using just a camera and natural light to create stop-action images of subjects on the move, such as birds in flight and running animals. We will cover such things as, exposure techniques for action, optimizing your auto-focus system, acquiring initial focus lock, tracking your subject, basic camera trigger systems, other equipment, and much more.

Building Bridges: An Effective and Necessary Change in Biodiversity Conservation with Jennifer MacKay and Sergio Avila

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)In this talk Jennifer MacKay and Sergio Avila will talk about the people, the real conservationists from Sonora and Arizona who are protecting wildlife, habitat and addressing climate change, with their daily efforts. Who are they? where do they live? how do they do it? The speakers will share with the audience a more complete view of conservation in Mexico, where nature and culture meet and mix, and the results this approach brings. They will share other examples from the region, sharing people’s experiences, values, skills, etc. and how those benefit conservation. Jennifer and Sergio have collaborated for many years to advance conservation in the US-Mexico borderlands and beyond, learning in the process that partnerships and collaboration strengthen their individual projects and help give a voice to those who work on conservation but rarely speak at festivals, conferences or publish in journals.

Moths: A Hidden World of Nocturnal Diversity with Pima County Naturalist Jeff Babson

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Moths are often dismissed as drab creatures whose caterpillars devour our gardens and sweaters.  While some species do exhibit bad habits, the truth is that moths are incredibly diverse, abundant, and easy to observe.  Many moths are strikingly patterned and stunningly beautiful, refuting the idea that these insects are unattractive.  This workshop is an introduction to the vibrant, beautiful, and surprising world of moths.

Introduction to Southeast Arizona Tyrant Flycatchers with Homer Hansen

  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm
  • $10/person
    The largest family of birds in the world, Tyrant Flycatchers, includes an amazing diversity of species.  Flycatchers regularly pose identification challenges due to similar plumages and overlap with similar species range and habitat.  As part of this workshop, you will learn about useful characteristics and behaviors that aid in flycatcher identification.  This workshop places an emphasis on bill shape and size, wing length, and primary projection in relation to Tyranid genera and species identification.  This workshop will start with an overview of the family characteristic, and then cover flycatchers that might be seen during the festival.

How Will the Next Generation of Birders Define “Natural?” with David Pearson

  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Scientists, politicians and decision-makers are gradually coming to the realization that we can no longer live in the past to conserve biodiversity. With 12 billion inhabitants of the planet a distinct possibility within 75 years, humans will severely impact every habitat in the world.  The definition of “natural” must change to include human beings as a species within  the community of species. Urban ecology and use of secondary habitats will replace the disappearing myth of “pristine environments”. What are the ramifications of this change in philosophy for studying and protecting the environment, and how will it impact everyone living in a world changing so quickly?

An Artistic Photographer Lies in All of Us with Lisa Langell

  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • $25/person
    Photographers want to be more innovative and creative, but often mental barriers “prevent” the creative process from happening. One of the biggest mental blocks is simply believing, “I’m not a very creative person.” This session breaks down those barriers in a really fun and logical way! You’ll learn how to apply the creative process and develop patterns that will bring more joy, innovation, success, creativity and happiness to your photography! This session will help you:
    1. Learn how even those who feel they “are not artistic” can actually BE artistic and creative
    2. Understand “imaginative skill” and how it develops
    3. Learn about the “Mash up” formula
    4. Debunk the myths about artistry and creativity
    5. Learn a few tips and tricks for post processing
    6. Exercise your creativity through real-world examples and activities we will complete during the session
    7. Inspirations to take with you

101 Ways to Help Birds with Laura Erickson

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Laura was a freshman in college during the first Earth Day, and has spent her entire adult life focused on conservation, researching tips on impactful ways we can help birds since she started producing her radio program in 1986. In 2006, her book, 101 Ways to Help Birds was published. She continues to research ways, big and small, easy and more difficult, that we can make a genuine difference. This program will highlight some of the most important.

Sensor Cleaning Demystified with Curt Fargo

  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • FREE (sign-up with paid events through festival registration or separately for free here)
    Learn to clean your sensor safely and efficiently from an expert with over 15 years’ experience. Cleaning your sensor only takes minutes, just a fraction of the time you spend removing sensor dust in processing. This training demystifies sensor cleaning with simple steps for safely and effectively cleaning any DSLR or mirrorless sensor. You’ll be taught by Curt Fargo, one of the world’s leading professional sensor cleaning educators who has been teaching sensor cleaning since DSLRs were released in early 2000. After providing a brief history of sensor cleaning, Curt dives into the details of simple steps that anyone can perform. You will learn how to examine your sensor, when to use both dry and wet sensor cleaning methods, and how to perform each method. More importantly, you’ll learn the precautions that ensure safe sensor cleaning every time. Time permitting, Curt also provides free one-on-one training as he cleans the sensors of all in attendance. Curt Fargo is an educator, factory-trained camera repairman with ‘ over 20 years’ experience, a Certified Photographic Consultant, and has photographed professionally and semi-professionally for over 40 years. He is also the co· founder of www.CleaningDigitalCameras.com. You will also be able to have your camera cleaned by Curt for free while you watch and learn to do it yourself.

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures of North America with Kevin Karlson

  • 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • $10/person
    This visually stunning program reflects the mood and content of a new book (Birds of Prey) by Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson (April 2017, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers), which is basically a natural history celebration of Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures of North America. The show starts with a video introduction and Pete Dunne’s recorded words explain the concept of the book as images of raptors are shown. All the raptor groups are then briefly presented by Kevin, with images from the book and some of Kevin’s stories about birds of prey shared. A special musical ending highlights some of the most spectacular raptor images ever assembled by 19 top North American photographers. Kevin will be available to sign copies of their newly released book (April, 2016, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, Boston MA)

Birds & Brews at Borderlands Brewery sponsored by Beaumont/Port Arthur Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Sabrewing Nature Tours

  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Free with festival registration
    Spend an evening at the local brewery and enjoy a free meal from the food truck “BlackTop Grill”, 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? Sabrewing Nature Tours will host a “Pre-Brew” field trip at Reid Park near the festival venue (4pm – 5pm) before migrating to Borderlands Brewery. “Pre-Brew” field trip information will be sent separately one week prior to event. Don’t miss the FREE opportunity to bird and hang out with these professional tour leaders. Limited to first 75 registrants.

Birding Photography with Henry Johnson

  • 10:00am – 11:30am
  • $25/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.

Birding Arizona: What to Know, Where to Go with Charles Babbitt

  • 10:30am – 11:30am
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Over 500 bird species have been recorded In Arizona and can be seen in many different habitats and locations. Charles Babbitt will talk about some of the best birding locations in the state as well as a number of exciting under birded areas, from his new book, “Birding Arizona: What to Know, Where to Go.”

The Owls of Harry Potter and Other Birds in Popular Culture with Laura Erickson

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Could a real Snowy Owl carry a Nimbus 2000? What species is Pigwidgeon? Could a real Great Gray Owl survive the mishaps that happen to poor, clumsy Errol? Hedwig, perhaps the most famous Snowy Owl of all time, has something in common with Lassie: in the original books, both characters were females, but in both cases, though for different reasons, Hedwig and Lassie were portrayed by multiple male actors. Laura will talk about the owls of the magical world and how they compare to the owls of reality. She’ll also discuss a few other birds of popular culture, such as Woodstock. Roadrunner, Woody Woodpecker, and Tweety, and how some collisions of fiction and fact can produce delightful results.

Birding in Rattlesnake Country with Mike Cardwell

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Birders walk around looking up. But in rattlesnake country, not looking where you’re stepping occasionally has severe consequences – both physically and financially. Mike will explain how to avoid bites and provide currently recommended first aid, while getting you up-to-date on the new antivenom and busting some rattlesnake myths in the process!

 

Advanced  Photography Workshop with Kevin Karlson

  • 12:00pm – 2:30pm
  • $25/person
    Digital photography allows us to take our photography skills and techniques to higher levels every year, but many photographers disregard or don’t know about basic lighting principles and compositional balance that all art forms rely upon. This workshop covers a number of topics that will elevate your photography knowledge and skills while increasing your artistic input. Flight and action techniques and exposure compensation on the fly using manual exposure are covered, as well as basic and advanced light awareness, synchronous panning, and compositional basics of balance and creative cropping. Wildlife and bird photography are emphasized, but landscape and close-up examples are also covered. Basic camera functions will not be discussed in this workshop. This workshop is advanced in nature, so knowledge of your camera settings is required.
    ***The first 15 photographers who sign up and agree to bring 3 images for critique by Kevin and other participants will share their work with the group, who will comment on how they would have processed the images differently according to the workshop and their own preferences. The only criticisms will be violations of basic artistic principles of balance and composition, with other comments involving different personal preferences of style. This is a fun exercise for learning and sharing your work with others.

Borderlands Jaguars with Mark Hart of Arizona Game & Fish

  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico are the only locations in the United States where jaguars have been sighted in the past twenty years.  In late 2016, two jaguars were present in the region, one in the Huachuca Mountains and the other in the Dos Cabezas. Earlier that year a video surfaced of a third jaguar in the Santa Rita Mountains. The video caused an international sensation, but that jaguar hasn’t been seen since. Although the Huachucas jaguar came to a bad end in Mexico, its return there was biologically significant. Meantime, the Dos Cabezas jaguar has persisted south of Willcox since.  This presentation will examine how the presence of these endangered species in the region pose unique challenges for wildlife and land managers, and how they have made trail camera photography even more popular among the general public.

The California Condor: Life on the Edge with Rick Negele

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    How close to extinction did the California Condor get? Where can I still see one today? Join Rick and discover the fascinating story of the survival of the California Condor. Learn about the many people and agencies that struggled to protect them. Understand the challenges that still threaten the condor today.

Magical Migration: Hawks and Hawkwatching Around the Globe with Luke Tiller

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    The mass migration of diurnal raptors must rate as one of the most magical birding spectacles in nature and for that reason it draws its own special brand of devotees. Join professional hawkwatcher and guide Luke Tiller for a virtual tour of the globe’s hawkwatch platforms from Tubac to Tel Aviv. His talk will touch on the history of hawkwatching, the places to visit, how to get the best out of the hawkwatching experience and some of the pitfalls of trying to identify a bird in flight. The talk will be highlighted by some stunning raptor photos of this incredible phenomenon from his adventures in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Photographing Birds – From Backyards to Field, Forest and Jungle with Steve Gettle

  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • $25/person
    Bird photography is a challenging and rewarding genre of photography. This talk will cover everything from creating a backyard photography station to travelling the world in pursuit of our avian subjects. With such a diverse subject matter from hummingbirds to raptors and waders bird photography requires a diverse skill set. During this course Steve will share with you the many tips, tricks, and techniques he has learned from over 30 years of photographing birds around the world.

Event is FULL – Beginner’s Look at Dragonflies and Damselflies in SE Arizona with Laurens Halsey

  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • FREE (click here to be added to waitlist)
    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. No participant limit for workshop, but field trip is limited to 9 participants and you must sign up separately.

Transforming Nature Photography into Modern Decorative Art with Lisa Langell

  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm
  • $25/person
    Your photography–transformed! Photographers think a great deal about composition, light, subject matter and more when they create an image. But do you, as a photographer, think about the final home for the image? Or how to make your images more marketable, unique, and desirable for today’s consumers? What about simply making your work more unique and “current” in ways you haven’t thought about? This session will take you on a virtual journey from the field to the finishing room where you will learn how to:
    1. Get inspired by thinking differently about what you shoot, how you shoot it, and why.
    2. How to start thinking like an interior decorator.
    3. What’s on-trend today in nature photography?
    4. Apply principles and techniques for capturing images that will result in compelling artwork
    5. Look for the hidden opportunities that are right before you out in the field
    6. Think photographically in terms of color palates and collections
    7. Completely expand your horizons, subjects and creative ideas you bring to your portfolio
    8. Discover what’s lurking in your “sock drawer”

Bird Listening: Why Birding is More Than Just Watching with Kyle Carlsen

  • 10:00am – 11:00am
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Take your birding to the next level! Birds make a lot of different sounds, and learning to recognize and identify these sounds is a big part of what makes birding fun. In this workshop, we will discuss why birds make the sounds they do, the value of using our ears to find more birds in the field, how to pick out individual birds from an overwhelming chorus, and methods for learning and remembering bird sounds. This workshop is presented by Kyle Carlsen, a lifelong birder and musician.

How to Create a Bird and Wildlife Friendly Backyard with Kim Matsushino

  • 10:00am – 10:45am
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    Do you have birds in your backyard–want some? Learn how to transform your yard and become part of something bigger that saves water, helps birds and other wildlife, and creates a beautiful area for you to enjoy. A Habitat at Home “naturescape” can lower your utility bills and reduce maintenance. Learn how to beautify your yard while providing food and habitat for the birds that enrich our community. Native plant species allow you to enjoy a cooler yard in Tucson’s hot and dry weather.

Transitioning into bird and nature photography: Making informed decisions about gear and your budget with Lisa Langell

  • 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • $25/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 is designed to remove the “intimidation factor” and help educate those new to photography – and bird photography – about various types of gear. The goal is to help participants know what gear is essential, what isn’t, and the purpose of the various tools—all in a friendly, supportive and positive
    environment. Participants will learn:
    1. The basics of 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.
    2. Participants will learn basic terminology of camera gear and its purpose
    3. Important information about how to best determine your needs so that you select the gear that’s right for you
    4. 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.

The “HOME” side of Habitat–Nestbox Building with Olya Phillips

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • FREE–just pay for the nestbox, or donate the box to Tucson Audubon; (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)
    A place to live and raise young is a critical component of habitat. Improve the value of your Habitat at Home by creating homes for species that can’t create their own. Join us for a short talk about the importance of nestboxes followed by a workshop! You’ll have the opportunity to build a nestbox for a local cavity nesting species or a bee hotel for native (stingless!) bees.

Editing in Adobe Lightroom with Ben Knoot

  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • $25/person
    Join Tropical Birding Guide, Ben Knoot, in this one hour long editing workshop in Adobe Lightroom. Ben will guide you through basic editing as well as some tips and tricks to help you further your post-processing skills.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before July 1, 2019 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