Select Page

CHOOSE YOUR BIRD HERE

SUBMIT YOUR WORK HERE

The breathtaking spectacle of migration is key to the
survival of our birds. 

Many of us feel the pulse of the seasons through the movements of birds in their quest for endless summer. Spring is signaled in Tucson by the song of the arriving Lucy’s Warblers, and autumn arrives in the Sulphur Springs Valley with the trumpeting call of Sandhill Cranes, flying in formation overhead. Bird migration is one of the world’s elusive wonders, because just like the birds themselves, it cannot be easily pinned down to study. However, with modern advances in technology we are learning much more about the exact pathway birds take and the timing of their journeys. Migration continues to captivate the curiosity of scientists as well as the imaginations of all of us who take notice of the seasonal movements of birds. It is at once fleeting and at our doorsteps. It is also critical to the survival of our birds.

Over 500 migratory bird species have been seen in Arizona, and each of those birds is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). This Treaty between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Russia is the bedrock protection for migrating birds which ensures they are able to travel around the world safely, and it is under attack. 

Just this year the current administration proposed a major change to the MBTA that would allow industry to not be held accountable for unintentional harm they may cause to birds. We need a strong MBTA to ensure that all companies, agencies, and individuals  are held accountable for ensuring migratory bird safety and prosecuted for causing harm to migratory birds. 

In response to the attack on the MBTA, Tucson Audubon is launching the Free to Fly campaign that will leverage the strength of numbers in a united voice to honor and protect our Treaty. Let’s come together to tell the story of each, unique migratory bird species that we have connections to here in Arizona, and help connect the importance of protecting the MBTA to ensuring our favorite birds remain Free to Fly.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is under attack

Proposed changes threaten to undo the bedrock legislation protecting over 800 species of migratory birds in the US. Get involved with Tucson Audubon’s Free to Fly campaign to defend this critical treaty and ensure our favorite birds remain free to fly. 

Tucson Audubon needs your contributions to create a Virtual Flyway! The Virtual Flyway represents the phenomenon of migration through the stories of birds along their migratory routes through Southeast Arizona. It will also serve as a “Flyway” to transport our individual and collective values and voices direclty to decision-makers at the federal level.

For webinars/events related to the Virtual Flyway, visit our Events page and look for the tagline “Free to Fly”

Pick your favorite Arizona bird and share your creativity!

Your submissions will be collected and curated into a digital representation of individual voices each sharing the story of Arizona’s migratory bird life through various artistic mediums, including written works, photography, video, and visual arts. The Virtual Flyway will be housed on a website available to the public, and leveraged when meeting with decision-makers at the federal level.

STEPS FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS

  • Why did you pick this bird? How are you connected to this bird? Was it your spark bird? Is it a Life Bird? Did your grandmother love this bird and now it reminds you of her? Does the sound of its particular klee; klee; klee or hooo-ah hoo-hoo-hoo, chirry-chirry-chirry-choreeo take you back to your childhood in the Sonoran Desert?

  • Decide on the story you want to share about your connection with this bird and choose a category listed below. Follow the steps for that category and submit your work through our Google Form.

Email ngillett@tucsonaudubon.org with any questions!

VIDEO

 

  1. Create a video up to two minutes that conveys the story of your connection with your chosen bird. 
  2. Include your name and the bird species you selected either in your video or on the submission form.
  3. Please save your file as MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, or FLV.

Submit your video plus any text you wish to include through our Google Form.

WRITING

 

  1. A penchant for poetry? A hankering for haiku? Maybe a snippet of a story, or simply a fond memory. Share the story of your connection to your chosen bird in any written form you wish between 7–300 words.
  2. Include your name and bird species you selected either in your written submission or on the submission form.
  3. Save your file as a PDF or Word Doc.

Submit your written piece through our Google Form.

VISUAL (AND OTHER) ARTS

 

  1. Painters! Illustrators! Photographers! Sculptors! Weavers! Jewelers! And anyone else with a creative streak. Create a piece of art that depicts the story of your connection to your chosen bird.
  2. Include your name and the bird species you selected either in your piece or on the submission form. 
  3. Produce a high-quality photo (we recommend DPI 300 for image clarity) of your piece and save as a JPEG or PNG file.

Submit your visual piece (along with photo credit if applicable) through our Google Form.

color_square_face_right

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

color_square_face_right

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

color_square_face_right

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