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Birding Field Trips

 General Information

  • All Field Trips are designed to maximize your safety, while also enjoying birds. CDC Guidelines are followed, maximum group size is no more then 12 birders total, participants are encouraged to observe safe distancing, and face coverings are strongly requested for those who are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.
  • Participation in social activities, such as field trips, comes with an inherent risk of exposure to infectious disease. Prospective participants should self-evaluate or discuss with their doctor if their participation merits this risk. If you’re sick or experiencing any symptoms that indicate you might be sick, STAY HOME.
  • For general questions or help registering, contact khowe@tucsonaudubon.org
  • Trip leaders: Learn more about them! Leaders are in charge of all aspects of the day’s birding.
  • Trip birding ethics: Tucson Audubon adheres to the ABA’s position on birding ethics.
  • To register for a trip: Click the registration link at the end of the trip’s description and you will receive a confirmation email. If the trip is full you’ll be put on the waiting list but won’t receive an email.
  • Waiting list: We encourage you to sign up on the waiting list for any trip you’re interested in as we do regularly have cancellations. If a place becomes available, you will be contacted by us.
  • Cancellations: To cancel your reservation, please email khowe@tucsonaudubon.org and the trip leader as soon as possible to free your space. For fee-based trips, please see below for our refund policy.

Pima County's Environmental Education and Interpretive Programs require online registration here.
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation offers guided birding and nature outings in various parks throughout Pima County.  

Birding Canoa Ranch
Pima County leads this walk -- online registration required at Pima County's website at www.pima.gov/nrpr.
Join birding enthusiast Brian Nicholas to see a wide variety of sparrows, raptors, and waterfowl on the pond at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Masks are mandatory; social distancing will be enforced. Group size strictly limited. No walk-ins accepted.
For more information: www.pima.gov/canoaranch; email: CanoaRanch@pima.gov or call 520-724-5375

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Liability Waiver: All participants on Tucson Audubon field trips are required to sign a standard waiver. If you would like to read the waiver before the trip, view it here.

July ’22 Field Trips

Open Trips:

July 6- Wednesday, 6:00 am & 6:15 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here: 6:00 AM Walk | 6:15 AM Walk
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking distance: 1.5-2 miles, Trip Duration: 2.5 hrs, Elevation gain: none, but with chance of slight inclines/declines; Ground condition: groomed gravel trails. Drinking water and restrooms available at park’s entrance. Benches available at periodic intervals around the Wetlands.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 12 participants per group.
Leaders: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org) and Luke Safford

July 10, Sunday 6:00 am
Lakeside Park
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here
Trip Difficulty: Easy. 1.75 mile round trip on concrete and paved surfaces. Restrooms are available.
Lakeside Park in southeast Tucson is a great place to get to know your urban birds.  We’ll explore the lake and the adjacent lawns and ball fields. Likely sightings include Black-crowned Night-heron, Vermillion Flycatcher, a variety of doves and blackbirds, and 25-30 more species! Meet in the upper parking lot on the east side of the Park, accessed from S Sarnoff Drive. Wear good walking shoes, a hat for the sun, and dress in light layers.  Bring your binoculars. Wrap up by 9 am.  Limit 12 participants. 

Leader: Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com)

July 12 – Tuesday, 6:00 am
Carrie Nation Trail
Registration fee: $50/member, $75/non-member* | Register Here

Trip difficulty: Difficult. ~4 miles walking distance over some rocky terrain with quite a bit of elevation gain on a steep trail (around 1,100 feet gain).
This is a steep trail, and although we’ll be taking our time to the top, it will require you to be in good physical shape. This is one of my favorite hikes and we’ll be looking for many of the high elevation Southeast Arizona specialties including Elegant Trogon. Other possible fun finds will be Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Yellow-eyed Junco, and Red-faced Warbler. There is an old open mine shaft at the end of the trail that usually has water and always attracts Painted Redstarts and more. Limited to 6 participants.
Leader: Luke Safford, (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)
*Why does this event cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community


July 13- Wednesday, 6:00 am & 6:15 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here: 6:00 AM Walk | 6:15 AM Walk
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking distance: 1.5-2 miles, Trip Duration: 2.5 hrs, Elevation gain: none, but with chance of slight inclines/declines; Ground condition: groomed gravel trails. Drinking water and restrooms available at park’s entrance. Benches available at periodic intervals around the Wetlands.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 12 participants per group.
Leaders: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org) and Robert Mesta

July 20- Wednesday, 6:00 am & 6:15 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here: 6:00 AM Walk | 6:15 AM Walk
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking distance: 1.5-2 miles, Trip Duration: 2.5 hrs, Elevation gain: none, but with chance of slight inclines/declines; Ground condition: groomed gravel trails. Drinking water and restrooms available at park’s entrance. Benches available at periodic intervals around the Wetlands.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 12 participants per group.
Leaders: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org) and Luke Safford

July 21- Thursday, 4:00 pm
Altar Valley & Brown Canyon: For Birders Who Hate To Get Up Early
Registration fee: $20/member, $40/non-member* | Register Here
Since car-pooling is necessary, complete Covid-19 vaccination is required.
Trip Rating: Easy with only short jaunts from the vehicles. No restrooms or water available at destination.
We’ll drive through the northern Altar Valley, stopping as needed to spot birds, including Crested Caracara among others.  We’ll then spend the evening in Brown Canyon looking for birds common to this drainage. After dark, we will listen for nocturnal species, with special attention to finding Buff-collared Nightjar. Plan to return to Tucon between 9 and 10 PM. Bring water, and enough food/snacks; binoculars, and a headlamp/flashlight. Limited to 11 participants; final meeting instructions by email.
Leader: Tim Helentjaris, (tnhelentjaris@msn.com)
*Why does this field trip cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community. 

July 27- Wednesday, 6:00 am & 6:15 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here: 6:00 AM Walk | 6:15 AM Walk
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking distance: 1.5-2 miles, Trip Duration: 2.5 hrs, Elevation gain: none, but with chance of slight inclines/declines; Ground condition: groomed gravel trails. Drinking water and restrooms available at park’s entrance. Benches available at periodic intervals around the Wetlands.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 12 participants per group.
Leaders: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org) and Luke Safford

July 28- Thursday, 6:00 pm
Evening Birding: Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here
Trip difficulty: Easy. ~1 mile on mostly paved surfaces with some slight declines and rocky areas.
Join Kirsten Howe on this outing to see Sweetwater in a new light- the light of the setting sun! While most agree that morning is the optimal time to see as many birds as possible, evening birding can be just as rewarding and can offer a new perspective on bird behavior. Plus, we have a better chance of seeing some nocturnal species! We’ll meet at 6:00 PM and bird until we lose the light. Birders of all experience levels welcome, but beginners are especially encouraged to join! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Meet near the bathrooms at the Wetlands’ entrance off of Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 12 participants.
Leader: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org)


Sign up on the Waitlist:

July 7- Thursday, 6:30 AM
East Woodland Road
Field trip is FULL. | Click here to sign up on the waitlist.

Trip difficulty: Moderate. One to two-mile hiking round trip on paved and uneven surfaces. No restrooms or water are available.
Those who are new to Tucson or birding are particularly welcome! We’ll walk along the road first, checking telephone poles for hawks, and fields for blackbirds and flycatchers, plus kingbirds and more. Time permitting, we’ll continue onto an open grassland trail, looking for falcons, sparrows, woodpeckers, towhees, etc. Take Tanque Verde Road east of Catalina Highway and turn south onto Woodland Road. Continue south until the road bends and turns west. We will meet where the road bends and turns west. Please park along the road, not blocking driveways and please carpool if possible; parking is limited. Sunhat, plenty of water, and walking shoes are highly recommended. We’ll wrap up around 8:30 AM.
This walk is designed for those relatively new to birding or the Tucson area but all are welcome. Limited to 8 participants.
Leader: Linda Hanson (birdwithlinda@gmail.com)

July 9, Saturday 7:00 am
Fort Lowell Park
Field trip is FULL. | Click here to sign up on the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Easy, 1-1.5 miles on level, paved surfaces, grass, and hard-packed gravel. Bathrooms and water available at the park.
Fort Lowell Park in Tucson offers a few different types of habitat in a compact space, which makes it a great place to learn about Tucson’s urban birds. Bring your binoculars, hat, and water for an easy walk on flat ground. Likely sightings include White-winged (and other) doves, Gila Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Verdin, Anna’s Hummingbird, Gambel’s Quail, and swimming or wading birds enjoying the park’s pond. And lots more, depending on which birds show up that morning! Beginners and young people are welcome. Meet in the parking lot near the old fort; we’ll wrap up about 8:30 am. Limited to 12 participants.
Leaders: Laura Couchman (laura.d.couchman@gmail.com) and Scott Crabtree

July 15, Friday 6:30 am
Bear Canyon Meander-Mt Lemmon
Field trip is FULL. | Click here to sign up on the waitlist.

Trip difficulty: Moderate. <2 miles walking cross-country through woods & washes on rocky, uneven & soft terrain. Pit toilets available.
About 10 miles up the Mt Lemmon Hwy, the habitat transitions from desert scrub and juniper woodlands into cypress and pine forest as you turn into Bear Canyon.  This transition zone into a cooler habitat attracts a wide variety of birds that aren’t found in the Tucson Valley. We will explore Chihuahua Pines, Cypress & Middle Bear Picnic Areas, and General Hitchcock Campground in search of Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Acorn Woodpecker, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Mexican Jay, Painted Redstart, & many more.  
Meet in the Chihuahua Pines parking lot.  There is an $8 Day Use fee per vehicle which can be purchased on site; Interagency Passes are accepted.  Wrap up around 8:30 am. Limit 10 participants.
Leader: Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com)

July 17- Sunday, 6:30 am
Urban Birding at Reid Park

Field trip is FULL. | Click here to sign up on the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Easy, 1-1.5 miles on level, mostly paved surfaces and some grass. Bathrooms and water available at the park.
Reid Park is one of the best spots in town to get to know our urban avian neighbors! On this walk, we will spend time circling the two duck ponds for waterfowl, carefully scanning the large eucalyptus trees for Cooper’s Hawks and Night Herons, and exploring the grassy fields and native trees for Verdin, warblers, flycatchers and others. Wrap up by 8:30 AM.
Limited to 12 participants. Full details will be emailed to registered participants prior to the walk.
Leader: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org)

July 26-Tuesday, 8:00 am
Catalina Mountains: Summer Mountain Birds 
Field trip is FULL. | Click here to sign up on the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Medium. Mile walk on steep rocky dirt road. Later bird by car on flat paved road. Restrooms near Palisades and Mt. Lemmon Visitor Centers.
We will walk up steep rocky road at Incinerator Ridge Road, looking for summer warblers, thrushes, nuthatches and jays. Then up to Summerhaven and Ski Area to look at the hummingbird feeders.  We will leave at 8 AM from outside the McDonald’s on the NE corner of Tanque Verde Road and Catalina Highway and carpool 60 miles round trip to the trip destination. We plan to be back by 1 p.m. Bring snacks. Please wear a face covering if you’re not fully vaccinated. Limited to 12 participants.
Leader: John Higgins, 520-609-2361, jghiggins@cox.net

July 27 – Wednesday, 8:00 AM
Beginner Level Birding at Madera Canyon
Field trip is FULL. | Click here to sign up on the waitlist.

Trip difficulty: Moderate. Approximately 1.5 miles on trails, roads and uneven terrain, with moderate elevation gain.
Peggy Steffens and Marie Davis are leading a bird walk for beginner birders at Madera Canyon Picnic Area and Santa Rita Lodge. We will provide an easygoing atmosphere for you to appreciate birds and their behaviors. You will meet other new birders, develop fundamental birding skills and become familiar with some of the birds in Madera Canyon. We will meet at Madera Canyon Picnic Area and walk the trails and visit the feeders at Santa Rita Lodge for about 2 hours. Madera Canyon has a daily use fee of $8 per car or you must have a valid Coronado National Forest Annual Pass or Interagency (America the Beautiful) Pass, including the Annual, Senior, Access, or Military Pass, displayed on the driver’s side of the vehicle dashboard. Limited to 8 people.
Leaders: Marie Davis (marietucson520@gmail.com) and Peggy Steffens (peggysteffens1@gmail.com)

Registration for all August trips will open on Saturday, July 9 at 7:00 AM

August ’22 Field Trips


August 3- Wednesday, 6:00 am & 6:15 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning on July 9
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking distance: 1.5-2 miles, Trip Duration: 2.5 hrs, Elevation gain: none, but with chance of slight inclines/declines; Ground condition: groomed gravel trails. Drinking water and restrooms available at park’s entrance. Benches available at periodic intervals around the Wetlands.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 12 participants per group.
Leaders: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org) and Luke Safford

August 7- Sunday, 7:00 AM
Introduction to Tucson Birds – Fort Lowell Park
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning on July 9

Trip difficulty: Easy, 1-1.5 miles on level, paved surfaces, grass, and hard-packed gravel. Bathrooms and water available at the park.
This trip is intended for people new to birding or for birders from other regions. Fort Lowell Park has a variety of habitats in a compact space which makes it a great place to learn about Tucson’s urban birds. We’ll practice identifying birds by shape, sounds and colors, and by observing their behaviors, plus the plants they favor. We’ll focus more on enjoying the birds that show up rather than a long list of sightings. Participants will be introduced to some great resources for getting started with birding. Bring plenty of water, sun protection and wear sturdy shoes. Limited to 10 participants. Binoculars will be provided for those who need them. Meet in the parking lot by the old fort at 7 am. We’ll finish at about 8:30 am.
Full details will be emailed to registered participants prior to the walk.
Leader: Karen Howe (karenhowepdx@gmail.com)

 

August 17- Wednesday, 6:00 am & 6:15 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning on July 9
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking distance: 1.5-2 miles, Trip Duration: 2.5 hrs, Elevation gain: none, but with chance of slight inclines/declines; Ground condition: groomed gravel trails. Drinking water and restrooms available at park’s entrance. Benches available at periodic intervals around the Wetlands.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 12 participants per group.
Leaders: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org) and Robert Mesta

August 21- Sunday, 7:00 am
Urban Birding at Christopher Columbus Park
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning on July 9
Trip difficulty: Easy, 1-1.5 miles on level, on some paved surfaces, grass, and hard-packed gravel. Bathrooms and water available at the park.
Christopher Columbus Park in Western Tucson is one of the best parks for birding in the urban center. With a large lake, plenty of native flora, and adjacent desert habitat, you can easily find 25-30 species of the most common Tucson birds, as well as some rarities and migrant visitors! On this walk, we will make a loop of the lake and explore some of the desert scrub habitat on the Eastern side of the park in hopes of finding warblers, wrens, herons, blackbirds, and many more. Wrap up by 9:00 AM.
Limited to 12 participants. Full details will be emailed to registered participants prior to the walk.
Leader: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org)
 

August 23 – Tuesday, 8:00 AM
Beginner Level Birding at Madera Canyon
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning on July 9
Trip difficulty: Moderate. Approximately 1.5 miles on trails, roads and uneven terrain, with moderate elevation gain.
Peggy Steffens and Marie Davis are leading a bird walk for beginner birders at Madera Canyon Picnic Area and Santa Rita Lodge. We will provide an easygoing atmosphere for you to appreciate birds and their behaviors. You will meet other new birders, develop fundamental birding skills and become familiar with some of the birds in Madera Canyon. We will meet at Madera Canyon Picnic Area and walk the trails and visit the feeders at Santa Rita Lodge for about 2 hours. Madera Canyon has a daily use fee of $8 per car or you must have a valid Coronado National Forest Annual Pass or Interagency (America the Beautiful) Pass, including the Annual, Senior, Access, or Military Pass, displayed on the driver’s side of the vehicle dashboard. Limited to 8 people.
Leaders: Marie Davis (marietucson520@gmail.com) and Peggy Steffens (peggysteffens1@gmail.com)

August 24- Wednesday, 6:00 am & 6:15 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning on July 9
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking distance: 1.5-2 miles, Trip Duration: 2.5 hrs, Elevation gain: none, but with chance of slight inclines/declines; Ground condition: groomed gravel trails. Drinking water and restrooms available at park’s entrance. Benches available at periodic intervals around the Wetlands.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 12 participants per group.
Leaders: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org) and Luke Safford

August 25- Thursday, 5:45 pm
Evening Birding: Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning on July 9
Trip difficulty: Easy. ~1 mile on mostly paved surfaces with some slight declines and rocky areas.
Join Kirsten Howe on this outing to see Sweetwater in a new light- the light of the setting sun! While most agree that morning is the optimal time to see as many birds as possible, evening birding can be just as rewarding and can offer a new perspective on bird behavior. Plus, we have a better chance of seeing some nocturnal species! We’ll meet at 6:00 PM and bird until we lose the light. Birders of all experience levels welcome, but beginners are especially encouraged to join! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Meet near the bathrooms at the Wetlands’ entrance off of Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 12 participants.
Leader: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org)

August 31- Wednesday, 6:00 am & 6:15 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning on July 9
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking distance: 1.5-2 miles, Trip Duration: 2.5 hrs, Elevation gain: none, but with chance of slight inclines/declines; Ground condition: groomed gravel trails. Drinking water and restrooms available at park’s entrance. Benches available at periodic intervals around the Wetlands.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 12 participants per group.
Leaders: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org) and Luke Safford

BIRDING EXCURSIONS WITH TUCSON AUDUBON

South Africa Birding and Wildlife Safari, in partnership with Birding Ecotours
  • Kruger National Park and Area: October 1–10, 2022. Cost: R77,500 per person—shared room (prices in South African rand); R8,100 for single supplement
  • Pre-trip: Cape Town and Pelagic. Sept. 24–October 1. Cost: R55,915 person–shared room; R6,145 for single supplement

Join Luke Safford and local experts on a wonderful trip to South Africa! We’ll spend 10 days in one of South Africa’s richest areas for birds, mammals and other wildlife, in one of the world’s most famous game parks, Kruger National Park. This massive park covers is teeming with Africa’s mammals, including African Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and many more. For birders, the park is full of easy to see, spectacular-looking species, such as rollers, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbills, vultures, owls, storks, the spectacular and colorful Bateleur (photo by Bernard Dupont), Secretarybird, Kori Bustard (the world’s heaviest flying bird), and Southern Ground Hornbill. This will be an adventure you will never forget! Add on the Cape Town and Pelagic pre-trip to make the most of your experience!

See all the details and register now! For more information you can email lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org

Field Trip Cancellation Policy

Cancellations of paid field trips received in writing seven or more days before the date of the field trip will be fully refunded less a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 6 days of the field trip start date. Tucson Audubon reserves the right to cancel or revise any field trip for any reason. If it becomes necessary to cancel a paid field trip for which you have a reservation, we will notify you and issue a full refund. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.

 

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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.