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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 ·



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:


  • 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:


  • 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 ·


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


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


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

Michael T. Bogan (he/him)

Michael is an Assistant Professor of Aquatic biology at the University of Arizona. Originally from California, he earned his PhD at Oregon State University, where his research focused on stream ecosystems of the Madrean Sky Islands and Sonoran Desert. He is well-known for his work on Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, and his beautiful photos of dragonflies. His research topics include Arid Lands, Conservation Biology, Invasive Species and Population and Community Ecology.

Michael serves as the faculty advisor for the UA chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, a national Diversity in STEM organization. Michael is a partner on our Santa Cruz River Heritage Project work and has contributed to the Vermilion Flycatcher in the past year.

Michael has a hard time choosing a single favorite bird, but says that Curve-billed Thrashers are pretty hard to beat. “I could watch them goofing around through the leaf litter and be entertained for days!”


Alberto Búrquez

I currently work at the Instituto de Ecología, Department of Ecology of Biodiversity, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). I got my bachelor and master’s degree at UNAM, and my PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. I do research in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Ethnoecology. Drylands ecology and societal use of resources in water-limited systems have been an ever-present passion through my life. It might be because I am a Sonoran Desert born person. However, my personal theory is that once someone experiences the desert landscapes they are smitten for life. I am passionate about bird and honorary bird species like bats and hawkmoths, particularly in their mutualist interactions with plants. My current projects include: 1) Columnar cacti: ecology, evolution, societal services. 2) Effects of extreme events on vegetation, 3) Species Distribution and Biogeography, 4) Indigenous lands and ecosystem processes, and 5) drought and freezing resistance in plants at the edges of distribution.


Jeanne Calhoun

Fascinated by wilderness and everything wild since growing up backpacking with her family in the Sierras, Jeanne pursued a diverse environmental career over the past 30+ years.  With a Bachelor’s in Biology (Carleton College) and a Master’s in Geology (Oregon State University), she pursued multiple aspects of environmental protection, with the last 23 years focused on ecological conservation in Arizona, working for The Nature Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the US National Park Service.  During her ten years at TNC, Jeanne was responsible for on-the-ground conservation in four ecoregions in Arizona, management of TNC’s preserve system, land management and restoration, government relations, and water policy.

Jeanne spent seven years with the USFWS where she oversaw threatened and endangered species issues in southern Arizona. She enjoyed the challenges of dealing with controversial issues such as the international border, proposed mining projects, energy infrastructure, wilderness management and climate change.

Most recently, she worked for Grand Canyon National Park as Chief of the Science and Resource Management Division, where she oversaw all science research as well as natural and cultural resource management activities in the park.  During her years at the Grand Canyon, Jeanne initiated the first Paleontological Resources Inventory for the park, led a Climate Change Analysis for the park’s watershed, reinitiated the effort to designate 94% of the park as Wilderness, and led publication of the Natural and Cultural Resource Condition Assessment for the park.

Recently retired, Jeanne has a passion for water sports, hiking and exploring Arizona’s spectacular landscapes, and is learning how to play the saxophone.


Colleen Cacy

Colleen is a partner with the firm Gadarian and Cacy, PLLC, a Tucson law firm specializing in professional Tax Strategy, Estate Planning and Asset Protection law.

  • J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law (1986)
  • President of the Board of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council
  • Elected member, American College of Trust and Estate Council
  • Memberships: Executive Committee of the Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar, the State Bar of Arizona, the Probate and Trust and Tax Sections of the State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Pima County Bar Association.
  • Past President of the Board of ZUZI Dance Company


Richard Carlson

Richard started birding as a child in Minnesota 70 years ago. After a brief interlude at Harvard, where he majored in caving, mountain climbing, winter mountaineering and economics, he began birding again in Washington DC with the Maryland Ornithological Society. He was one of Chan Robbin’s volunteers in establishing the first Breeding Bird Surveys. Bribed by the Nixon administration to leave town with a fellowship to Stanford, he moved West in 1969. He worked at Stanford Research Institute, where he co-authored “Solar Energy in America’s Future” and led field trips for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. He became President of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and expanded his birding to Latin America. He has birded throughout the Neotropics and in Africa, Australia, Antarctica, India, China and Europe. He hopes to ultimately see at least half the birds of the world. He and his wife Pat now migrate between homes in Tucson and Lake Tahoe depending on where the birds are.


Tricia Gerrodette

Tricia never wound up with a career but instead had a variety of jobs and life experiences. She's been a bookkeeper, a typist, a proofreader and then a test analyst for a defense contracting company. She was a tour guide for trips into Mexico's Copper Canyon for Elderhostel (now Road Scholar). The trips focused on Mexican and railroad history as well as the history and culture of the Rarámuri (Tarahumara) natives.

Secretary of the board for Tucson Audubon, member of the board for Friends of the San Pedro River, president of the now-defunct Huachuca Audubon Society, treasurer for Sky Island Unitarian Universalist Church, Water Sentinel with Sierra Club Water Sentinels, Steering Committee for Sustainable Water Workgroup.

When Huachuca Audubon Society disbanded in May 2016, Cochise County became part of the "assigned" territory for Tucson Audubon Society. That was a huge amount of land, although not too many people, to absorb. I was invited to be on the Tucson Audubon board to help with that effort, and to help protect the San Pedro River. That work still continues! Photo by Mark Levy.

Kathy Jacobs

Kathy Jacobs is a professor of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona and Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS). CCASS is a component of the Arizona Institutes for Resilience, and builds capacity to accelerate adaptation and on-the-ground solutions to climate issues.  She is currently a member of a team that is building the Indigenous Resilience Center at the UA.  From 2010 – 2013, Jacobs worked in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House. She was director of the Third National Climate Assessment, and the lead advisor on water science, policy, and adaptation. From 2006-2009 Jacobs was Executive Director of th

e Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of Arizona’s three universities focused on water sustainability. She worked 23 years for the Arizona

Department of Water Resources, including 15 as the director of the Tucson Active Management Area.  She was engaged in multiple aspects of implementing Arizona’s Groundwater Management Act, including development of water conservation programs and the Assured Water Supply Rules.  Jacobs has served on nine National Academy panels; she earned her M.L.A. in environmental planning from Berkeley.


Elisabeth (Lissie) Jaquette

Elisabeth (Lissie) Jaquette had been an occasional birder prior to moving to Arizona in 2018. Since connecting with Tucson Audubon, she has become increasingly passionate about birding, and is excited to give back by serving on the board. Lissie first became involved with Tucson Audubon by participating in the Habitat at Home program, then by joining as a member, and more recently by volunteering with the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, the Birdathon, and several bird surveys.

Lissie’s education includes a BA from Swarthmore College and an MA from Columbia University. Since 2017 she has served as Executive Director for the American Literary Translators Association, a non-profit membership organization.

When Lissie is not birding, she enjoys hiking and trail running in the Sonoran Desert, and translating literature from Arabic to English (her latest book was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Awards). She lives in Tucson with her 1-year-old son, Cassin (named for the kingbird); dog, Cooper (named for the hawk); and husband, Dan (sadly not named for any birds).


Riana Johnson

Riana Johnson is a skilled researcher with experience in quantitative, qualitative, and data visualization within the energy efficiency and utility industry. She brings creativity along with strong data analysis skills to her work. She uses her background in fine art and econometrics to deftly craft data visualizations and tell data-driven stories. Riana is a new birder and loves living in Tucson where the Vermillion Flycatchers are plenty. She recently started a chapter of the Feminist Bird Club in Tucson where she can mix her passion for activism, art, and birds. Riana has degrees in Political Science and Studio Art from New York University and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Arizona.


Linda McNulty

Linda McNultyLinda’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona, where she graduated Summa cum Laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. A recently retired partner at the law firm of Lewis and Roca, LLP, Linda was a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Finance practice group. Her law practice focused primarily on commercial real estate, business and natural resources law. Linda has served a number of board roles, including: President of the Tucson chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and member to the board of directors of the Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority, the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, and the Wilderness Land Trust. Early in her career, Linda worked for the Arizona Department of Water Resources and she’s maintained a connection to water policy issues in Arizona. Linda has been a member of Tucson Audubon Society since 1976 and lives with her husband Michael in Tucson.


R. Cynthia Pruett

Cynthia-Pruitt-with-raffle-tickets-by-Kendall-KroesenFor a long period I was what you might call a "lapsed birder". I started birding in college with a boyfriend who became my husband and we traveled all over the United States while he was in the service; leading to a pretty comprehensive bird list. Then suddenly, other life activity got in the way and for about 25 years birding was shelved. In the late 80's I was introduced to an avid woman birder at an environmental conference and the passion came back. My work career involved many executive jobs, some of them key environmental positions, which only reinforced my understanding of the need to protect important habitat around the world. It's (the birding) led to many trips to many countries, a joy of seeing both new and revisited birds and of course, to becoming active in Audubon chapters, both here and in Virginia.


Cynthia M. VerDuin, CPA

Cynthia began birding when she was 10 by participating with her girl scout troop create a bird-watching badge. In the 90’s she began birding with family, friends and with bird walks in various Ohio regions. Since 2010, she has enjoyed Tucson Audubon bird walks and short trips. Beginning in 2016, she has participated in the Birding Festival, serving as a volunteer in 2017-2019 and at Meet your Birds events. She served on the Gala and Finance committees in 2016-2017, and joined the board in 2018. She now serves as Treasurer and Search Committee co-chair.

Cynthia founded her accounting firm in 2007, focusing on not-for-profits, small companies and individuals, providing accounting, tax planning and reporting services, calling upon her Kent State University (BA degree in accounting with honors) and her experience at one of the “Big Eight” accounting firms (Arthur Andersen). Cynthia is also a Physical Therapist and commercial hot air balloon pilot, and enjoys hiking, birding, biking and swimming.