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For virtual events, the link to join the Zoom social/class will be sent to you the day before. If you have any questions about or events or using the Zoom platform, please contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Kirsten Howe.


January Events

Tuesday, January 25, 11am–12pm
Virtual Class: Birding the Calendar–Where to Go Birding in February & March | Instructor: Luke Safford
Registration fee: $10/member, $20/non-member* | Register Here
One of the most common questions we get asked is “When is the best time to go birding in Southeast Arizona?” Well, it’s hard to pinpoint a best month, because there is something unique during every season! February offers a fantastic time to find wintering birds like Mountain Plovers, longspurs, and Ferruginous Hawks, while March brings our first taste of spring migration.
*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.

Wednesday, January 26, 11am–12pm
Virtual Event: Welcoming Tucson Audubon’s New Executive Director | Hosts: Ethan Myerson and Luke Safford
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here
We are excited to welcome Michael McDonald as our new Executive Director, and here is your opportunity to meet him! Michael will share a bit about his background and the direction of Tucson Audubon as an organization and also answer some of the questions that you may have for him.

Thursday, January 27, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
In-Person Social: Birds N’ Beer: For Young Birders (Under 50) | Host: Kirsten Howe
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here
Plan to bring money for parking at Sabino Canyon ($8) and drinks/food at the restaurant. When registering, please select which portion(s) of the event you will be attending (birding at Sabino Canyon and/or food and drinks at Three Canyon).
Join us for an evening of birds, beer, and fun with other young birders, as we bird Sabino Canyon followed by a drink at Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden. We’ll start with a guided walk about 1 mile up Sabino Canyon, where we’ll hope to see Black-tailed Gnatcatchers, Northern Cardinals, Broad-billed Hummingbirds, Western Bluebirds, Black-throated Sparrows, and other Sonoran specialties. On the way down, we will listen for Great-Horned Owls. Afterwards, we’ll all meet at Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden for food and drink (approximately 6:30pm). No transportation will be provided. Open to birders under 50 years old. Meet at the ramada by the Sabino Canyon Visitor’s Center at 5700 N Sabino Canyon Road. $8 parking fee for Sabino Canyon. Specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 30 participants at Sabino Canyon and 50 at Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden.
Please contact Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org) with any questions.

Monday, January 31, 7–8pm
Virtual Event: Birds ‘n’ Beer– “Rare & Interesting Birds in SE Arizona” | Host: Luke Safford
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here
Enjoy your favorite drink and connect with your Tucson Audubon friends. Every month brings some new, rare, and interesting birds to our region and this past month was no different! Maybe some of you have been lucky enough to locate a few of these species and you’ll be invited to share your story and a picture if you have one.

February Events

Thursday, February 3, 11am–12pm
Virtual Presentation: Attract Lucy’s Warblers to Your Yard Using Our “Recipe” | Presenter: Olya Phillips
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here
Over the last few years, we learned so much about the needs and preferences of Lucy’s Warblers and have fallen even more in love! In this talk we’ll share our findings on best practices to attract Lucy’s Warblers to your yard with native plants, nestboxes and more. Lucy’s Warblers are small songbirds whose arrival signals the beginning of spring in Tucson every March. They are one of only two cavity-nesting warblers in North America and the only warbler to nest in the most arid parts of the Sonoran Desert. Lucy’s Warblers are abundant in Tucson neighborhoods in spring and a little effort can make your yard a place where they can thrive and even nest. This talk is part of a series celebrating our five new “recipe cards” for a healthier urban habitat.

Friday, February 11, 11am–12pm
Virtual Presentation: Trogons, Tanagers, Mist Nets, & Mud: Volunteering at Ecuador’s Reserva Las Tangaras | Host: David Robinson
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here
This past December, Tucson Audubon’s new Conservation Advocate, David Robinson, spent two weeks volunteering with an ongoing ornithological research project near Mindo, Ecuador, a global biodiversity hotspot where conservation, ecotourism, economic development, & agriculture interact in both promising and troubling ways. Join us to hear David present some of what he experienced and learned — and see photos of some gorgeous tropical birds!

Wednesday, February 16, 6-8pm
In-Person Workshop: Exploring Your Backyard Birds Through Drawing | Host: Local Tucson Artist, Trenton Jung
Registration fee: $35/member, $50/non-member | Register Here
Students will explore their favorite backyard birds through the fundamentals of drawing. We will apply these drawing skills to accurately capture our bird’s form and behavior. Students will also connect their birding knowledge to their drawings to inform anatomy, feather tracts, and other important identification landmarks. The drawing skills that we are practicing in class will help you observe your feathered subjects carefully and capture the details for later reference. Bird photos for reference will be providing; students are asked to bring their own basic art supplies (a list will be provided to registrants prior to the event). Limited to 8 participants. 

Location: Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center (3835 W. Hardy Rd.)

Trenton Jung Artwork

About the Artist: “My work reflects my deep interest in nature and organic forms, focusing on the unseen and unnoticed aspects of nature. I use my artistic aesthetic to successfully communicate information and capture the complexities of the natural world. I was born and raised outside of Los Angeles, CA. I have a BFA in Illustration, Sustainability and Social Practice concentrator from the Maryland Institute College of Art. I am currently based outside in Tucson, AZ. For inquiries about my work, email me at trenton.jung@gmail.com. Follow on Instagram @trenton.jung”

Saturday, February 19, 10am–2pm
In-Person Restoration Event: Buffelgrass Pull with Dillinger Brewing
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here
Objective: Are you ready to help Save our Saguaros? You’ve probably heard about the threats invasive buffelgrass has on the fragile Sonoran Desert, especially how it creates an unnatural fire hazard. Here is an opportunity for you to take action by getting outside and removing buffelgrass with us.

Event description: We’ll meet at a Pima County parcel of land along a section of the Santa Cruz near Silverlake/Mission and start with an orientation and some safety precautions and then get to pulling. You’ll not only have the satisfaction of removing buffelgrass, but also receive a special discount when you come visit Dillinger Brewing Company after the pull with us. Our partner, Dillinger Brewing, is located on 4th avenue not too far from our Nature Shop. They will be giving each person who comes in after the pull a $1 discount per beer. We’re looking forward to working and celebrating with you afterwards. Specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. 
Requirements: Participants should expect to be actively standing, stooping, pulling, using hand tools and hiking to access and remove buffelgrass for roughly 4 hours. Please bring sturdy boots/hiking shoes, long pants and a long sleeved shirt, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, work gloves and snacks or a lunch. Parking is available onsite and accessible for passenger vehicles.
Tools will be provided – participants will be using picks to remove grass. Medical kits will be available onsite. Masks will be required when social distancing cannot be maintained. A hand wash station will be available onsite. 
Pull Site Location: https://goo.gl/maps/bddcCtEda69WRr7s8
Dillinger Brewing Company Location: Dillinger Brewing – 4th Ave & East 9th Street, Tucson, AZ
Time commitment & openings available: Saturday, February 19, 10:00am – 2:00pm. We will have space for 8 participants. 
For more information: Participants can contact Jaemin Wilson (jwilson@tucsonaudubon.org, 520-451-1252) or Tony Figueroa (tfigueroa@tucsonaudubon.org, 520-245-3508) for further information.

Tuesday, February 22, 11am–12pm
Interactive Class: Tips on Identifying Birds | Host: Luke Safford
Registration fee: $10/member, $20/non-member* | Register Here
Have you ever spotted an interesting bird only to become frustrated because you can’t figure out what kind of species it is? We’ve all been there! Let’s move from being frustrated to finding enjoyment in the process of identification. You will be encouraged to send pictures to Luke ahead of time to be used in the class so that we can work through the identification process together with real life bird ID issues.
*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.

Thursday, February 24, 5pm – 8pm
In-Person Social: Birds ‘n’ Beer at Tucson Hop Shop
 
This event is free to join, but plan to bring money for drinks/food. | Register Here
Tucson Hop ShopYour favorite Tucson Audubon social event, now in-person! Join us for a drink and connect with your Tucson Audubon friends! Even better, Tucson Hop Shop is celebrating AZ Beer Week with curated birdy brews from the Phoenix-based Wrenhouse! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to try some avian-themed ales! For more info on Tucson Hop Shop, visit their website. Please contact Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org) with any questions.

Monday, February 28, 7pm – 8pm
Birds ‘n’ Beer–”Rare & Interesting Birds in SE Arizona” | Host: Luke Safford
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here

Enjoy your favorite drink and connect with your Tucson Audubon friends. Every month brings some new, rare, and interesting birds to our region and this past month was no different! Maybe some of you have been lucky enough to locate a few of these species and you’ll be invited to share your story and a picture if you have one.

 

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations of paid events received in writing seven or more days before the date of the event will be fully refunded less a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 6 days of the event date. Tucson Audubon reserves the right to cancel or revise any event for any reason. If it becomes necessary to cancel a paid event 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

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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