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August 10–14, 2022 | Tucson, AZ

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support in making the Festival possible!

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.

 

Arizona Game and Fish Department – Associate Level

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has trust responsibility for managing more than 800 native wildlife species – the most of any inland state – for current and future generations of Arizona citizens. Its mission is to conserve Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources, and manage for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations. AZGFD Tucson is responsible for conserving and protecting native wildlife in the borderlands and Sky Islands regions of southeast Arizona. AZGFD does not receive any state general fund tax dollars, generating most of its revenue from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses.

 

Natural Selections Tours – Associate Level

Natural Selections Tours was born in the rain forests of the neotropics and has since evolved to offer quality nature tours worldwide. We’re honored to help organize and design your bird watching, wildlife watching, or nature photography holiday whether it be in Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, or beyond. We’re eager to share our intimate knowledge of Earth’s natural history and conservation ethic with you, through group tours, individual tours, and custom tours as well.

We strongly believe in promoting conservation by improving the lives of wildlife and people as well, and are proud that our friends and clients join us in this philosophy. Every dime spent, and every minute devoted during our tours is done so with the intent of leaving our beautiful world a better place, and we thank you for making this possible!

 

Sabrewing Nature Tours – Associate 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.

 

Swarovski Optik – Associate Level

Come visit the Swarovski Optik Mobile Experience Trailer at the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival.

A new addition this year to the festival, the trailer will be located in the parking lot of the Doubletree, right outside the entrance to the festival.  Festival attendees will be able to try out all the Swarovski Optik binoculars and spotting scopes outdoors, and also get instruction in spotting scope photography with DSLR cameras (digiscoping) and SmartPhones (phone scoping).”

Town of Oro Valley – Associate Level

Oro Valley is just a few minutes north of Tucson, set against the backdrop of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. As the gateway to Catalina State park, outdoor adventures abound, with views you won’t find anywhere else in Southern Arizona. Explore all that Oro Valley has to offer. Visit www.orovalleyaz.gov.

 

Vortex Optics – Associate 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.

 

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.

 

BWD magazine – Supporting Level

The famous Bird Watcher’s Digest is back as BWD magazine—in an all-new big and beautiful format. Check it out at bwdmagazine.com or at the Nature Expo.

 

Kowa Sporting Optics – Supporting Level

Kowa Sporting Optics is proud to support wildlife enthusiasts through partnerships with great organizations like Tucson Audubon Society and by creating products designed with field use in mind. Our award winning spotting scopes can be found in the field wherever discerning observers are enjoying wildlife and are available in a wide range of price points to accommodate every user. Kowa’s numerous lines of binoculars range from our incredible YF II binoculars (ideal for use by child or adult alike) starting at just $100 to our mid-priced, class-leading BD II binoculars, up to our highest performing Genesis binocular line. Kowa has the right optics to meet every need, come visit us at the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival!

 

Leica Sport Optics – Supporting Level

Looking for something exceptional, you’re certain to find it with Leica Sport Optics. We create our optics for people who want to experience their environment up close, rather than from a distance. People who demand more, when others accept less. This is what drives our process of continuous improvement. Instead of resting on our laurels, we work with cutting-edge technologies to develop innovative ideas. Our greatest challenge is nature itself: it demands our absolute respect and it forms the cornerstone of every new project.

 

Wildside Nature Tours – Supporting Level

High quality, small group birding tours and safaris designed with your comfort, safety and enjoyment as our priorities! Our photography tours and workshops are designed and led by photographers and are never just a birding tour with a different name!

CONTRIBUTING

PARTNERS

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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

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.