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Great Places To Bird in Tucson

There are scores of places to see birds in Tucson. Here are a few places that might surprise you, contributed by some of Tucson’s top Tucson bird experts.

For complete info on birding locations thoughout southeast Arizona, please see Tucson Audubon’s eighth edition of Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona. Also see our Tucson Birding Trail Map for a more comprehensive list of birding sites in and around Tucson.  Both available from Tucson Audubon’s Nature Shops. And don’t forget to Meet Your Birds!

Urban Tucson

Mobility issues? See our list of Accessible Tucson birding locations

“A” Mountain in Sentinel Park
A_mountain_Road_WarriorThe crowded tourist spot overlooking downtown Tucson, is an unlikely birding hot spot. But on windy days this steep little hill becomes our local “Hawk Mountain.” Seven kinds of raptors have been seen, often at eye level, including Zone-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Peregrine Falcon. Common Ravens, White-Throated Swifts and migrant swallows also swoop low over the upper parking lot. A surprising variety of Sonoran desert birds can still be found in this urban “sanctuary.” Forty-seven observed species include Greater Roadrunner, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher and Rock Wren. Five kinds of warblers migrate through the park, such as Wilson’s, Townsend’s, Hermit and Black-Throated Gray. During the summer Purple Martins, Ash-Throated Flycatchers and White-Winged Doves are easy to find. Five kinds of sparrows and towhees are seen, especially in the winter and spring. The park opens at 8 am (walk in) but upper road does not open until 9 am.
-John Higgins

Evergreen Cemetery
PineWarbler_at_Evergreen_LaurensHalseyImagine you’re a migrant songbird, perhaps a young Hermit Warbler, flying between your breeding grounds and your winter home under the cover of darkness. As dawn breaks, the first light reveals you are flying over a vast, developed area surrounded by desert. Not exactly great news, since you are looking for a comfortable place to spend the day resting. Then you notice there are some promising-looking patches of habitat that might afford you the shelter and foraging resources you are looking for. Evergreen Cemetery is one of these places.

As one of Tucson’s largest non-golf course green spaces, it is no wonder Evergreen is a great spot to bird during migration. In late fall and early winter this green space tends to hold onto a few individuals of species like Hutton’s Vireo and Black-throated Gray Warbler that winter in much larger numbers farther south, and it regularly collects far-out-of-range rarities like the Pine Warbler that stayed for over a month during the winter of 2012–13. Throughout the winter it’s a great place to find flocks of sparrows and a variety of falcons that prey on the abundant doves and starlings. The cemetery is small enough that a birder can cover it fairly thoroughly in 2–3 hours but still large enough to provision adequate resources to a variety of tired migrants.

Think it’s creepy to bird in a cemetery? I’ve heard that from birders before. To me, quite to the contrary, I find it peaceful. A visit to Evergreen encourages me to reflect on the past. I almost always find myself looking at the dates on the headstones as I stroll, and wondering what it was like to be living in the 19th century!

Located at Oracle and Fort Lowell, Evergreen Cemetery is privately owned and open during daylight hours. The birding community has a good relationship with Evergreen, please be respectful when visiting this location.
-Scott Olmstead

Oro Valley Marketplace
Oro_Valley_MarketplaceBetween the Oro Valley Marketplace and Canyon del Oro Wash is a wonderful patch of habitat that is especially productive in winter. This area, located right across from Catalina State Park, is easily accessible near the In-N-Out. In mitigation for the habitat lost to the stores, the adjacent area was enhanced and provides excellent birding. The planted native trees are still on the small side but this area will only improve over time. It has also been planted with so many native grasses that it is excellent winter habitat for native birds. A recent field trip produced many Western Bluebirds, Lawrence’s Goldfinches, Green-tailed and Abert’s Towhees, and numerous species of sparrows. For those living on the northwest side of town, this is an easily accessible place to go birding and see for yourself just how important relatively small patches of urban habitat can be for native birds.
-Jennie MacFarland

Rillito Weed Patch
rillito_weedpatch_JMohlmannOn the northern end of central Tucson’s Columbus Boulevard there is a small parking area with direct access to the Rillito River path. Head west ¼ mile along the paved walking path to the bridge and check the numerous hackberry trees and wolfberry shrubs, both of which provide berries for local winter species such as thrushes and sparrows. This path runs along the southern end of the locally famed “weed patch,” which is full of seed producing tall grasses and maybe one of the 14 species of sparrows recorded here! Back at the parking area continue east along the paved bike path as it skirts a large restoration area that frequently hosts a lesser-known southeastern Arizona specialty, the Rufous-winged Sparrow. Don’t forget to look up at the tall electric towers that run down the middle of the typically dry riverbed. They provide excellent perches for many raptor species, like Peregrine Falcon.
-Jake Mohlmann

Rio Vista Natural Resource Park
Merlin_Rio_Vista_JoanGellatlyLocated at the top of Tucson Boulevard where it meets the Rillito, this pleasant and underbirded park is always worth a couple hours in the morning. It contains about a mile of meandering, unmarked trails through desert scrub with a few larger trees. Typical desert species like Costa’s Hummingbird, Greater Roadrunner, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, and Northern Cardinal can be found here. Lucy’s Warbler nests in spring. Phainopepla can be abundant in winter. The small manicured grass field and playground area attract Vermilion Flycatcher, Say’s Phoebe, and Cassin’s Kingbird. These flycatchers sometimes stay late into wintertime. Nearby, dense mesquite bosque surrounded by tall weeds can hold migrant sparrows. Migrating swallows can be seen moving along the Rillito in the proper season. Finally, this park is as good a location as any to watch for the Prairie Falcons that patrol the Rillito during the winter months. Water and restrooms are available.
-Scott Olmstead

Tucson Audubon Mason Center
Mason_birdwalk_Angela_SalmonSW corner of Thornydale and Hardy Rds: Twenty acres of desert dominated by saguaros, ironwoods, and several species of cholla. On a slow walk of the 1-mile well-defined loop trail, which starts 100 feet north of the buildings, expect to see 12 to 15 bird species such as American Kestrel, Gambel’s Quail, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Black-throated Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch. Gilded Flickers, Red-tailed Hawks and Cooper’s Hawks are other regular sightings. Up-close views of Gila Woodpeckers and Gilded Flickers provide opportunities to appreciate differences between similar species in behaviors and in color patterns, and differences between the males and females. Along the trail many plants are labeled.
-Jim Gessaman

The University of Arizona Campus and Arboretum
Features plants adapted to arid regions throughout the globe and represents some of the most diverse, unique, and lush plantings in urban Tucson. Common desert residents and a nice variety of unexpected species can be found here at all seasons. Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Cardinal, Lesser Goldfinch, and other residents are ubiquitous. Winter and early spring should also produce Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers and lusher patches may produce a Cassin’s Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, or a wintering Black-throated Gray Warbler. White-throated Swift (near the stadium) and Broad-billed Hummingbird are probably as easy to see here in winter as anywhere in the city. Birds can be found throughout campus but the best areas include the Main Gate area along Park Avenue, the cactus garden on the mall south of the student union, and near the community garden and park on Mabel Road north of the Highland Parking Garage.
-Carl Lunblad

The University of Arizona Farm
ua_farmMy favorite urban birding patch is the U of A Farm on Roger Road. The primary habitat of open agricultural fields is a very rare one within Tucson city limits. For me, the primary attraction is that it’s a mere 75 yards from my front door, and you can look into all the fields from three of the main perimeter roads with large shoulders. Having birded it reguarly over the past 15 years, I’ve noticed some interesting changes. The good numbers of Inca Doves are gone and Vermilion Flycatchers have increased substantially (14 on my last visit in mid-November). It’s still the best place in town for wintering species like Western Meadowlark, American Pipit, and Killdeer and one of the few places in the state with reliable Bronzed Cowbirds in winter. My favorite find here was a Broad-winged Hawk on October 7, 2003, soaring with a group of migrant Turkey Vultures on a showery day with no thermals. I had been birding on my bike nearby and was able to race to my yard to see it from there.
– Rich Hoyer

Tucson Area Sky Islands

Happy Valley / Paige creek Drainage – Rincon Mtns
happy_valley_StephenPaigeJust under 60 miles from downtown Tucson, this basin sits at the eastern foot of the Rincons, providing spectacular views of these mountains. While there is little surface water in either Ash or Paige Creek, both contain larger trees along their drainages which attract residents of mid-level woods along with interesting migrants. Best times of year are winter and spring; the summers can be a bit hot, dry, and less birdy. Take exit 297 (J-Six Ranch/Mescal Road and drive through the less productive desert scrub ~14 miles to reach a long stretch of larger oaks with some sycamores. Walking along here, you will also come to a dry concrete stock tank but with surface water. This stretch is probably the most productive of the drainage, with birds common to oak woodlands and including Gray Hawk, Wild Turkey, and migrant warblers in season. Driving further, you pass through some ranch areas with grasslands and associated birds – look for Eastern Bluebirds here amongst other species. The road is eventually blocked by a gate, and although access is granted past the gate, I have found the drainage immediately before the gate most productive. A reasonably close area to Tucson, little birded, but with the potential to provide some interesting sightings such as Lewis Woodpecker in winter and migrant warblers such as the Northern Parula we found in spring of 2013.
-Tim Helentjaris

Montosa Canyon – Santa Ritas
MontosaCanyon_BobBeatsonOne of my favorite “secret” spots is Montosa Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains. Even though recent birding discoveries here have put the area on the radar of many local birders, most visits will still be blissfully free of the traffic and crowds of nearby Madera Canyon. Montosa Canyon has some of the most easily accessible habitat resembling Sonoran thorn scrub in SE Arizona, which makes it a great place to look for associated specialty birds such as Black-capped Gnatcatcher and Five-striped Sparrow. Plain-capped Starthroat has been found in the early summer. Though it hasn’t yet been reported, a night visit in the proper season may produce Buff-collared Nightjar. Even if you don’t pick up a rarity, the birding in the canyon is excellent. In the lower canyon where the road crosses the creek bed, Varied Buntings, Rufous-crowned Sparrows, and Blue Grosbeaks sing in season and many migrants pass through the oak-scrub habitat on their journeys to/from their breeding grounds. Further up-canyon the habitat transitions into juniper with a few pines, which can add a number of species to a day’s birding list. No matter what time of year you visit, plan on spending a wonderful few hours in this excellent canyon.
-Matt Brooks

Peppersauce Canyon – Santa Catalinas
INBU_Peppersauce_Campground_photo_Bob_BowersPeppersauce Canyon and a National Forest campground are located in a treed oasis at 5,000 feet along the old Mt. Lemmon Road. Pavement ends two miles from Oracle State Park, but the dirt road is an easy drive to the campground. Enormous sycamores shade the camp sites, and the adjacent Rice Peak trail gently ascends through Mexican blue oak and juniper to a second spring-fed oasis just a mile from the campground. This habitat is ideal for birds, and 139 species have been reported on eBird’s hotspot, including 17 flycatchers, phoebes and kingbirds, as well as 5 vireos and 14 warblers. Summer Tanagers are reliable summer visitors, and resident birds include Phainopepla, Mexican Jay and Bridled Titmouse. It’s also just 20 miles from Ski Valley, but don’t try it in the family car. Oracle State Park is another great birding option nearby, and it is now open every day, year-round.
-Bob Bowers

Local Riparian Areas

Cañada del Oro Wash
CDO_Wash_BobBowersOriginates at more than 9,000 feet on the north side of Mt. Lemmon, and ends 48 miles away at the Santa Cruz River in Marana, having dropped nearly 7,000 feet. Most of this normally dry wash essentially is inaccessible, but much of the lower 16 miles, all within the Tucson metro area, is open to birding and includes a wide range of rich habitat. From Catalina Regional Park at 2,900 feet through Catalina State Park, and along Oro Valley’s Cañada del Oro River Park to Christina-Taylor Green Memorial River Park, ending at Thornydale and Starburst, more than 200 species can be found. One of the best segments is a two-mile paved bicycle/ walking path from Rooney Ranch Shopping Center to La Cañada Drive, which parallels the wide, treed wash to the north and Oracle Country Club’s golf course to the south.
-Bob Bowers

Coachline Gravel Pits (aka El Rio Open Space)
borrowpitsThese are publicly accessible gravel pits bounded by the Tucson Mountains and the Santa Cruz River, and owned by the Town of Marana. Tucson Audubon has worked on a riparian restoration project here, planting native vegetation, and it is on an Important Bird Area survey route. During rainstorms, the gravel pit fills with water, stays wet for months, and becomes a great spot to easily view waterfowl and shorebirds. Some birds encountered here have included Belted Kingfisher, Pied-billed Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Great Blue Heron, several duck species, Black-necked Stilt, and more. Even when the pond is dry, there are interesting birds to see. During summer, Bell’s Vireos nest in the tamarisk. Gilded Flicker, Lazuli Bunting, Gambel’s Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Peregrine Falcon, an Eastern Phoebe, and other species have been sighted. Take the Twin Peaks exit from I-10, go west and turn north onto Coachline Road. Drive past W. Oak Stream Road, and in approximately 0.15 miles turn right onto a dirt road; follow it a short distance to a parking area.
-Janine Spencer, Retired Town of Marana

Santa Cruz River and Columbus Park
ColumbusPark_Jim_KarrerThere is good birding in Columbus Park and the adjacent Santa Cruz River. Starting just north of Sweewater Drive, effluent flows into the riverbed from the Roger Road wastewater facility. A ribbon of willows and cottonwoods hugs the flow. It is a faint echo of the river’s past abundance, but it does provide a resource for birds that have grown rarer. In the winter see Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets filling the trees. In spring migrants move through. In summer Cliff Swallows nest under bridges and cruise the river. A variety of raptors hunt along the river. Columbus Park, on the west side of the river, has two lakes. Neotropic and Double-crested cormorants are often there. Egrets and herons roost in the eucalyptus trees on the small island in the big lake. In summer Purple Martins swoop down to drink from the lake. To get there walk along the east river dike north of Sweetwater Drive. Theres a good view but to get to Columbus Park you have to cross the muddy, effluent-filled channel. Or go directly to Columbus Park, on the west side of the river off Silverbell Road ( just south of Camino del Cerro Road). Visit the lakes and walk (or bike) on the trail along the west side of the river.
-Kendall Kroesen

Sweetwater Wetlands

Sweetwater Wetlands is a gem of urban bird and wildlife activity right in urban Tucson. 306 bird species have been documented here. Join our weekly bird walks on Wednesdays and see what you can find!

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Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona

Revised 8th Edition, 2015
Tucson Audubon’s updated edition brings together all the latest information on finding birds in southeast Arizona. This is your best source of detailed information that will help in planning bird watching adventures in the region.

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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.