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SOUTHEAST ARIZONA BIRDING FESTIVAL

Featured Speaker Evening Programs

Friday, August 11

6:00–8:30 PM | Fiesta Friday Dinner, Speaker & Entertainment
From Fur to Fuzz: Studying and Protecting the Wildlife of the Sonoran Desert Region
With Sergio Avila-Villegas, M.S. Conservation Scientist, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Cost: $75 includes dinner
Sergio Avila-Villegas works as a bridge between cultures, languages and approaches to biodiversity conservation in the US-Mexico border region. As a Conservation Research Scientist with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Avila leads collaborative efforts on connectivity for wildlife, habitat restoration, education and interpretation in the Sonoran Desert region of Sonora, Baja California and Arizona. For over sixteen years, Sergio has gained extensive training and experience working in remote areas of northwest Mexico and the U.S. southwest on wildlife conservation and research, and on challenges related to wildlife movement across the US-Mexico border. In the past decade, Sergio developed and led an international Conservation Program in Mexico, with the mission to create a network of conservation lands to allow wildlife movements and to monitor and protect the biodiversity of the Sky Island Region. His field experience includes working with jaguars, pumas, ocelots, Cactus-ferruginous pygmy owls, Santa Catalina rattlesnakes, California sea lions and now Monarch butterflies. Sergio is also experienced in habitat and stream restoration, wildlife tracking, and is a recurring speaker at regional events, festivals, conferences and media. Sergio graduated from the University of Baja California with a Master’s degree in Arid Lands Management, and the University of Aguascalientes with a B.S. in Biology. He lives in Tucson with his wife Jenny, their three cats: Lupe, Carlos and Pancho, and Toby, the desert tortoise.

Saturday, August 12
6:00–8:30 PM | Keynote Speaker and Banquet
Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls
With Paul Bannick
Cost: $85 includes dinner
Paul Bannick is an award-winning wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, he creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation. Paul is both the author and photographer of two books, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls and The Owl and The Woodpecker, Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic BirdsHis first book, The Owl and the Woodpecker, published in October of 2008, continues to be one of the best-selling bird books in North America. The University of Washington’s Burke Museum created a traveling exhibit based on The Owl and the Woodpecker, which began touring North American cities in March of 2011. Paul currently serves as the Director of Major Gifts for Conservation Northwest, an organization dedicated to protecting and connecting wild areas and recovering native species from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies.  Paul will be speaking on Saturday evening at a ticketed dinner and will offer a photography workshop on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

BIRDER HAPPY HOURS

Thursday, August 11, 5:00–7:00 PM
Cost: $5/person includes appetizers/cash bar
Location: Riverpark Inn Lobby

Friday, August 12, 5:00–6:00 PM
Cost: $5/person includes appetizers/cash bar
Location: Nature Expo

Saturday, August 13, 5:00–6:00 PM
Cost: $5/person includes appetizers/cash bar
Location: Nature Expo

Enjoy our Nightlife Socials! Meet up with fellow Festival participants, birders, and field trips leaders, get to know one another, and have fun sharing stories of your birding adventures!

WORKSHOPS

All workshops take place at the Arizona Riverpark Inn, unless specifically noted.

Saturday, August 12, 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Photography Field Workshop with Paul Bannick
$75/person
Location: Meets at Arizona Riverpark Inn to travel to Santa Rita Lodge
Paul Bannick conducts this special workshop on how to get the perfect bird photograph. He covers everything from how to find and approach your subject to how to capture the photos that you imagine. He covers compositional guides, depth of field, shutter speed, exposure compensation, the use of flash, shooting modes, and even the selection of equipment. Paul will help bring each participant’s photography to the next level. Limit 8 participants.

Saturday, August 12, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Photography Classroom Workshop with Paul Bannick
$20/person
Location: Arizona Riverpark Inn
Learn how to get the perfect bird photograph with professional wildlife photographer Paul Bannick. He covers everything from how to find and approach your subject to how to capture the photos that you imagine. He covers compositional guides, depth of field, shutter speed, exposure compensation, the use of flash, shooting modes, and even the selection of equipment.  Paul will help bring each student’s photography to the next level. Limit 20 participants.

Sunday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Photography Classroom Workshop with Paul Bannick
$20/person
Location: Arizona Riverpark Inn
Learn how to get the perfect bird photograph with professional wildlife photographer Paul Bannick. He covers everything from how to find and approach your subject to how to capture the photos that you imagine. He covers compositional guides, depth of field, shutter speed, exposure compensation, the use of flash, shooting modes, and even the selection of equipment.  Paul will help bring each student’s photography to the next level. Limit 20 participants.

Thursday @ Riverpark Inn, Workshop, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Field Trip, 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Hummingbird Photography Class and Field Workshop with Steve Vaughan
$120/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. 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. Limited to 8 participants. You can email Steve at StephenHVaughan@Gmail.com if you have questions.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before July 1, 2017 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