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Thank you to the Richard Grand Foundation for generously underwriting Tucson Audubon’s 2019 Paton Center Donor Reunion Weekend

This event is invitation only.

 

RSVP by March 8—seating at the Capital Campaign Celebration at the Arizona Inn on April 6 is limited.

*If you are interested in lodging at the Arizona Inn, they offer a 10% discount to event attendees. You must call directly to receive this discount: 520-325-1541.

Questions? Contact Keith Ashley, Development Director, 520-260-6994 · kashley@tucsonaudubon.org

WEEKEND PROGRAM

 

Friday, April 5—Tucson (northwest)
4:00 to 6:30 pm

Evening’s Magic Hours at Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center

Join Tucson Audubon staff and board members for an evening of music, hors d’oeuvres, and playful exploration of our 20-acre preserve. Learn how the vision of community members and Audubon leaders led to the protection of pristine thorn scrub habitat, and how Tucson Audubon will refocus its use of the property to emphasize education.
Mason Center: 3835 West Hardy Road (Thornydale & Hardy) MAP

4:005 pm –Drop in for delicious dinner hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, craft cocktails, lemonade, tea, and pie!  Enjoy live music by The Latest Traditions, Board President Mary Walker’s dulcimer and guitar trio.

Visit our four interactive Exploration Stations to discover the tales of ecology, birding, and conservation our Mason Center has to tell about Sonoran Desert native plant and bird relationships, nestboxes, habitat gardening, use of scopes and binoculars, as well as a special Paton Center station exploring the wonders of hummingbird biology:

MASON CENTER EXPLORATION STATIONS:

  • Tucson Meet Your Birds, and Your Binoculars, Eric Scheuering, Education Manager
  • Nestboxes: Engagement & Conservation Strategy, Olya Phillips, Citizen Science Coordinator
  • The Paton Center’s Hummingbird Marvels, Tina Hall, Paton Center for Hummingbirds Coordinator
  • Bringing Birds Home: The Mason Gardens, Jennie MacFarland, Bird Conservation Biologist

5:005:30 pm: The Mason Center, Looking Back and Forward — A brief formal program will explore the history, the current incarnation, and the future of the Mason Center as a home for the Tucson Audubon community and a center for our education programming.

5:306:30 pm: Continue to enjoy and learn at our Exploration Stations, visit with old and new friends, savor a bit more dinner and a piece of pie at sunset.

 

Saturday, April 6—Tucson (central)
7:00 to 8:30 am

Guided Birding at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Enjoy a morning of guided group birding at Tucson’s most popular birding hotspot. Led by Tucson Audubon volunteers, attendees will have the opportunity to see 30+ species of birds, including waterfowl, warblers, and waders.
Sweetwater Wetlands: 2511 West Sweetwater Drive MAP

10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Capital Campaign Celebration at the Arizona Inn

Celebrate the completion of the capital campaign for Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds at the uniquely charming Arizona Inn. Engage in lively conversation over brunch with fellow Paton Center supporters and enjoy our full program about Tucson Audubon and the Paton Center, including a look at future plans for the beloved property.
Arizona Inn: 2200 East Elm Street* MAP

 

Sunday, April 7—Patagonia
8:00 am to 1:30 pm

A Morning with Birds & Friends at the Paton Center

Enjoy breakfast with the birds and see the Paton Center in its natural state alongside birders from across the country and around the world. Learn about the Paton Center, local birds, natural history, and conservation from Tucson Audubon staff and volunteers at key points of interest around the property. A brief program and lunch will round out the day.
Paton Center for Hummingbirds: 477 Pennsylvania Ave. MAP

8:009:30 am: Enjoy tasty breakfast snacks, coffee, and tea while birding and visiting with friends on the Paton Center grounds

9:3010:30 am: Visit our six interactive Exploration Stations to learn more about the tiny Paton Center’s enormous (and growing!) significance as an environmental recreation, restoration, and research center. Stations will be situated carefully around the grounds to avoid disturbing April’s spring visitors, both avian and human:

PATON CENTER EXPLORATION STATIONS:

  • Richard Grand Meadow & Pond: Our Watershed Snapshot, Kari Hackney, Restoration Field Crew
  • Johnston Parcel: Sacaton Success for a Floodplain Community, John Hughes, Volunteer / Friends of Sonoita Creek
  • Streamside Siesta Seating: Sonoita Creek Collaborations, Howard Buchanan, Sonoita Creek Watershed Specialist
  • Wally’s Orchard: A Homestead Legacy, Rodd Lancaster, Restoration Field Crew Supervisor
  • Paul Baird Trail: Vulnerable Species Research, Jonathan Horst, Director of Conservation & Research
  • Backyard Viewing Pavilion: Spotlight on Local Celebrity Birds, Keith Kamper, Volunteer

10:3010:45 am: Announcement of the newly christened Paul Baird Trail and (tentative) introduction of endangered Gila Top Minnows to Richard Grand Memorial Meadow Pond

10:4511:45 am: More time to visit our five Exploration Stations and enjoy the company of Paton supporters and visiting birders

11:45 am12:15 pm: The Paton Center: Soaring Higher Together — A brief, formal program to celebrate the finale of the Paton Center capital campaign.  Let’s dream together about the Paton Center’s bright and beautiful future.

12:15 pm: Enjoy a catered lunch and pie from the Gathering Grounds Café in Patagonia. The rest of the afternoon is free for soaking in the beauty of the Paton Center and surroundings.

This event is invitation only.

RSVP by Thursday, March 28.
If interested in registering after March 28, contact Keith Ashley directly.

Seating at the Capital Campaign Celebration at the Arizona Inn on April 6 is limited.

*If you are interested in lodging at the Arizona Inn, they offer a 10% discount to event attendees. You must call directly to receive this discount: 520-325-1541.

Questions? Contact Keith Ashley, Development Director, 520-260-6994 · kashley@tucsonaudubon.org

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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