SOUTHEAST ARIZONA BIRDING FESTIVAL | August 8–12, 2018| Tucson, AZ
Featured Speaker Evening Programs
Keynote Presentation and Banquet: Saturday, August 11
6:00pm — 8:30pm, $75/person
The Perils and Pitfalls of Birding with Bill Thompson III
A humorous narrative about the many mistakes, accidents, and embarrassing situations Bill Thompson III, has experienced in his 30+ years as a bird watcher. He urges the audience to avoid these same perils and pitfalls and even offers tips for how to do so. This light-hearted talk pokes fun at how we bird watchers have our own language, dress code, and food preferences. It’s guaranteed to generate laughs or Bill will clean the binoculars of everyone present.
Bill Thompson III (or BT3 as he is better known) is a lifelong birder, the co-publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest (BWD), and the author of many books on birds and nature. He’s been on the editorial team of BWD since May 1988, and during that time has watched birds in 49 U.S. states (still missing Hawaii) and more than 40 countries. Bill enjoys a huge following on social media and creates and hosts two podcasts: “This Birding Life,” which gets more than 750,000 episode downloads annually and “Out There With the Birds,” which he co-hosts with Ben Lizdas.
He is the former president and a founding board member of the Ohio Ornithological Society, and also serves on the board of directors for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. He is devoted to introducing kids to nature and birding and considers his Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America to be his proudest professional achievement.
Bill loves showing people birds and does so regularly at birding festivals, where he is a popular keynote speaker, guide, and musical performer. He is also the creator of two events for birders: Reader Rendezvous (birding weekends for Bird Watcher’s Digest subscribers) and the American Birding Expo (a commercial event connecting North American birders to the worldwide birding marketplace).
In his spare time, Bill writes music and performs with his country-rock band, The Rain Crows. His favorite North American bird is the red-headed woodpecker.
Thursday, August 9
Hummingbird Photography Class Workshop with Steve Vaughan
- 2:00pm – 5:00pm
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 workshop, but field trip is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately.
Friday, August 10
Moths: A Hidden World of Nocturnal Diversity with Pima County Naturalist Jeff Babson
- 4:00pm – 5:00pm
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.
The Exciting Night Life of Bats with Karen Krebbs
- 3:30pm – 4:30pm
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.
LBJs: Little Brown Jobbers with Homer Hansen
- 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Our skulky sparrows come to life during the monsoon season in southeast Arizona, and species such as Botteri’s, Cassin’s and Grasshopper’s can be identified readily if you are familiar with their appearance and vocalizations. This workshop will introduce you to the breeding sparrows of our region, along with their habitat, identification characteristics, and songs. Take this workshop and then accompany Homer into the field on Saturday for a special sparrow field trip. No participant limit for workshop, but field trip is limited to 9 participants and you must sign up separately.
Saturday, August 11
Peaking Down The Rabbit Hole: A Beginner’s Look at Dragonflies and Damselflies in southeast Arizona
- 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Have you been curious about dragonflies but mystified by the challenge of identifying them? Join Chris Benesh and 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.
Birder Happy Hours
Details coming soon!
Cancellations received on or before July 1, 2018 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.
Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742
Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624