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Tucson Audubon was already deep in the midst of transformation when the challenges of 2020 seized our lives. From frightening pandemic to monstrous wildfires, we—and the birds we celebrate and protect—were thrust into a rapidly changing world. As daunting as the hurdles of this new life may seem, we are proud of the innovative spirit with which we are flying into the future.

Dear Friends of Tucson Audubon,

Let’s face it: change happens. And it’s happening now at a breathtaking pace in both the natural and social environments. As much as we love birds, we’re not emulating the proverbial ostrich with its head buried in the sand. We are learning to fly faster, higher, smarter, and hopefully with more grace and skill. And we’ve noticed that you’re not missing a wingbeat in keeping pace with us!

Together we are employing science and technology as never before in our conservation efforts focused on Desert Purple Martins, Lucy’s Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos and other vulnerable species.

Together we are examining the culture of our community and striving to be as inclusive, welcoming, and accessible as we can.

Together we are identifying threats—from fire-bearing invasive plants to legislation that endangers birds—and we are using all of our resources to fight back.

Throughout this tumultuous 2020, supporters from across the country and the world have connected with Tucson Audubon more strongly than ever, and have reassured us that our work is critical to the kind of future we all wish to share. What clearly has not changed is our dedication to fulfilling our Mission, and our appreciation for you.

Thank you for the strength that your gifts and dedicated support bring to us each year at this time. Please give again to help us continue flying into the future.

Sincerely,

Jonathan E. Lutz
Executive Director

Giving by writing a check?

  • Make checks payable to: Tucson Audubon Society
  • Please write “Winter Appeal 2020” on memo line
  • Send to:
    Tucson Audubon Society
    300 E University Blvd #120
    Tucson, AZ 85705

THANK YOU!

Birding for my generation has to be different than any other that has come before us. When people of my age bird, we fear that much of what we see and hear won’t be around much longer.

Maia Stark, Age 15

Tucson Audubon 2020 Youth Award Recipient

TUCSON AUDUBON’S 2020 INNOVATIONS

ONLINE ENGAGEMENT

Just weeks into the pandemic we brought our Birds & Community program online and have offered 105 creative classes, workshops, socials, and birding festival events with total attendance of 6,500+.

IDEA INITIATIVE

We are systematically bringing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access considerations to our organizational culture, programs, and goals. We are forming new partnerships to share Tucson Audubon’s work with even more members of the communities we serve.

INVASIVE PLANT STRIKE TEAMS

We have launched two teams of licensed experts available for hire and working with a wide range of HOAs, NGOs, Agencies and other landowners to protect the most critical regional habitats of the Desert Southwest from this imminent threat.

VIRTUAL FLYWAY

We are crowdsourcing personal stories, art, and photos to create a digital storymap representing the miracle of migration—a tool we can leverage to continue fighting for the preservation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

CRITICAL SPECIES MONITORING

We are using the latest technology, from computer analyzed sound recordings to Motus stations, to study migration and the population dynamics of vulnerable species including longspurs and Desert Purple Martins.

  • 1.2 million local residents have free access to many of our services
  • 42 million birds in our region deserve our attention

Please give today to support this work!

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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

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