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August 7–11, 2019 | Tucson, AZ

FREE Community Nature Expo & Sponsors

Join the festivities at the Community Nature Expo! Featuring fun, games, free talks and vendors all held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park. See map for directions.

 

Hours:

  • Thursday, August 8, 12:00pm — 6:00pm
  • Friday, August 9, 12:00pm — 6:00pm
  • Saturday, August 10, 10:00am — 6:00pm
  • Sunday, August 11, 10:00am — 2:00pm

 

Schedule of Free Activities

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7

Opening Reception, 5–6 pm

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 light appetizers and a cash bar. Sign-up through online registration, limited to first 100.

Tucson Sky Islands Important Bird Area Dedication, 6:30–9 pm

Held at the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro NP. Free registration coming here soon. Celebrate the dedication of the relatively new Tucson Sky Islands IBA which is made up of the Forest land on the Santa Catalinas plus Saguaro National Park RMD. Enjoy a short evening ceremony, a few words from key folks from Saguaro NP and the Coronado National Forest, eat some cake and refreshments and then an optional evening Herp and Night Creatures walk on the pavement and trails. Limited parking and 50 participants.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

Binocular/Optic Cleaning at the Carl Zeiss Sports Optics booth in the Nature Expo, 12–6 pm

Camera Sensor Cleaning at the Hunt’s Photo & Video booth in the Nature Expo, 12–6 pm

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9

Birds & Brews at Borderlands Brewery sponsored by Beaumont/Port Arthur Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Sabrewing Nature Tours, 5:30–7 pm

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. Sign-up through online registration, limited to first 75.

More to come…

Festival Sponsor Exhibitors

Carl Zeiss SBE- Presenting Level

Carl Zeiss SBE is a leading, international provider of premium sports optics and is part of the Consumer Optics Group of Carl Zeiss. Carl Zeiss SBE, LLC is responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of its state-of-the-art binoculars and spotting scopes throughout the United States and Canada. Carl Zeiss SBE’s North American headquarters is located in Thornwood, NY. The company is a supporter of a variety of projects within the birding community and is the proud sponsor of Cornell Lab or Ornithology’s eBird platform, the American Birding Association’s Birding News, as well as a variety of young birder programs including New Jersey and Ohio. The product portfolio relating to birding includes its’ entry level – premium Terra ED binoculars, Conquest HD binoculars in mid-tier models and most premium VICTORY SF binoculars and new HARPIA spotting scope.

 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology – Associate Level

At the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, scientists, conservationists, engineers, educators, and students all work together for a common purpose: to understand birds and other wildlife, to involve the public in scientific discovery, and to use our knowledge to protect our planet. Get help identifying that mystery bird with the Merlin Bird ID app, contribute to conservation research with eBird, a revolutionary citizen science program, or take an online course at Bird Academy. Stop by our booth to see all that the Cornell Lab has to offer and learn how you can support our mission to protect earth’s biological diversity.

 

Swarovski Optik – Associate Level

 

 

 

 

Tamron – Associate Level

Tamron lenses deliver a superb fusion of performance and value. Check out the new 18-400mm ultra-tele all-in-one zoom, 100-400mm Di VC USD and the SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2. Each has the focal length reach needed for dramatic close-up photographs of birds in flight. Moisture resistant construction gives you confidence when shooting in inclement weather. And Vibration Compensation ensures sharp images when using Tamron’s VC lenses for hand-held shooting. All Tamron lenses have a 6-year USA warranty and 3-business day repair turnaround at no extra charge. Register your lens towards 2019 VIP Club membership.

 

Beaumont & Port Arthur’s Convention & Visitors Bureau – Supporting Level

Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas are along two migratory flyways which brings a wide variety of birds in multiple diverse habitats. This unique location offers you an experience unlike anywhere else. Within a 40-mile radius, you will find 28 great Texas Coastal birding trails such as: Sea Rim State Park, Sabine Pass, the Big Thicket, and Anahuac Wildlife Refuge, just to name a few. Stop by and meet Christina Majdalani, during the Nature Expo. Visit the Port Arthur birding page here. To visit the Beaumont birding page click here.

 

Birding Ecotours – Supporting Level

Birding Ecotours offers birding trips to many destinations all across our vast planet. Small group size and quality are of paramount importance to us, but our tours nevertheless tend to be competitively priced. Having an above average guide for your tour is not good enough for us and instead we only employ staff who we believe to be in the top 20 % in terms of their people and birding skills. We donate a minimum of 10 % of our annual profits to bird conservation and disadvantaged communities.

 

Sabrewing Nature Tours – Supporting Level

The mission of Sabrewing Nature Tours is to inspire and cultivate excitement for the natural world by creating first-class experiences with exceptional personalized service in incredible locations around the globe for birders, nature-lovers, and photographers. We offer set-departure, custom, and fundraising tours that vary by length, by focus, and by location.

 

Vortex Optics – Supporting Level

Vortex Optics is a family owned and operated business with its earliest roots in the birding optics industry. We continue to produce high quality, rugged optics while maintaining our focus on People, Products, and Promises—three words that that illustrate our commitment to our customers and why Vortex is the Force of Optics.

Community Nature Expo Exhibitors

  • Carl Zeiss Sports Optics – Festival Sponsor: Presenting Level
  • Birdwatcher’s Digest – Festival Sponsor: Associate Level
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology – Festival Sponsor: Associate Level
  • Swarovski Optik – Festival Sponsor: Associate Level
  • Tamron USA – Festival Sponsor: Associate Level
  • Tucson Electric Power – Festival Sponsor: Associate Level
  • Beaumont & Port Arthur Convention & Visitors Bureau – Festival Sponsor – Supporting Level
  • Birding Ecotours – Festival Sponsor – Supporting Level
  • Sabrewing Nature Tours – Festival Sponsor: Supporting Level
  • Vortex Optics – Festival Sponsor: Supporting Level
  • Babita Tours: Indian Wildlife Travel – Festival Sponsor: Contributing Level
  • Hunt’s Photo & Video – Festival Sponsor: Contributing Level
  • Icaro Birding Tours – Festival Sponsor: Contributing Level
  • Santa Rita Lodge and Friends of Madera Canyon – Festival Sponsor: Contributing Level
  • Splendido at Rancho Vistoso – Festival Sponsor: Contributing Level
  • Tucson Water – Festival Sponsor: Contributing Level
  • WINGS Birding Tours – Festival Sponsor: Contributing Level
  • Amazon Journeys
  • Arizona Game & Fish
  • Arizona Master Naturalists
  • Biodiversity Group
  • It’s Hats!
  • KS Nature Photography
  • Local First
  • Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center
  • Marcy Gray Jewelry
  • Olympus
  • Raebird Creations
  • Raven on the Mountain Video Productions
  • San Diego Bird Festival
  • Solipaso Tours
  • Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival
  • Spring Chirp Festival and Valley Nature Center
  • Tropical Birding Tours
  • Tucson Audubon Nature Shop
  • Visit Tucson
  • Western National Parks Association
  • Wildside Nature Tours

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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