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Birds & Community Events

Join a Virtual Social Event or Class using the Zoom video conferencing platform.

After you register, your link to join the Zoom social/class will be sent to you the day before. If you have any questions about using Zoom, please contact Luke Safford.

Thursday, October 29, 11am–12 pm
Class: Tips on Identifying Birds | Instructor: Luke Safford
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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 and instead find enjoyment in the process of identification. We won’t be able to uncover all of the intricate details between hard to idenfity groups like Empidonax flycatchers, but we’ll hit on some of the major characteristics to pay attention to as well as discuss some finer details for particular bird families. We’ll finish up with some photos of harder to identify birds and work through the process together.

Thursday, November 5, 1pm–2pm
Class: “Brand New” to Birding–Session 1 | Instructor: Luke Safford
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Being a “brand new” birder can be a little intimidating, but it shouldn’t be that way at all! Join Luke Safford for the first session of the “Brand New Birding” series which will encourage you as a beginning birder, give you tips for getting started, include next step activities, and continue to ignite your passion for birds. Topics in this series will vary but we’ll talk about how to bird local hotspots, tips for spotting more birds, equipment for birding, key components of identification, and a lot more.

Tuesday, November 10, 11am–12 pm
Presentation: Grasslands of SE Arizona are Critical For Birds | Host: Jennie MacFarland
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Southeast Arizona has two grassland areas that are designated Important Bird Areas of Global significance. Grassland birds are the most rapidly declining species in North America with the Chestnut-collared Longspur declining fastest of all. These charismatic birds spend the winter with us in Chihuahuan Grassland areas such as Las Cienegas NCA and San Rafael Valley feasting on native grass seeds all winter. For many years Tucson Audubon has led winter grassland surveys in these areas to track the populations of Chestnut-collared Longspurs and other grassland bird species. THis past winter we intensified our protocols and added more technology such as sound recorders. During this talk learn about the purpose of this technology, the vital nature of these surveys and the habitat threats these birds face as well as our plans for surveys this winter.

Thursday, November 12, 1pm–2pm
CLASS: “Brand New” to Birding–Session 2 | Instructor: Luke Safford
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Being a “brand new” birder can be a little intimidating, but it shouldn’t be that way at all! Join Luke Safford for the “Brand New to Birding” series which will encourage you as a beginning birder, give you tips for getting started, include next step activities, and continue to ignite your passion for birds. Topics in this series will vary but we’ll talk about how to bird local hotspots, tips for spotting more birds, equipment for birding, key components of identification, and a lot more. Don’t worry if you missed the first session, jump in at any time!

Monday, November 16, 10 am–11 am
Presentation: Santa Cruz River Heritage Project Birds: What We’ve Learned in a Year | Hosts: Olya Phillips & Tim Thomure
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Join Tim Thomure (Director of Tucson Water) and Olya Phillips (Tucson Audubon) to learn more about the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project and how it has affected the bird population along that urban stretch. Tucson Water officially began the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project on June 24th 2019, with the release of reclaimed water into the Santa Cruz River channel. Tucson Audubon Society set out to document the change in bird diversity that is often seen with the introduction of water into an arid environment by conducting monthly surveys. Find out what we learned in a year!

Tuesday, November 17, 11am–12 pm
CLASS: Birding the Calendar–Where to Go Birding in December | Instructor: Luke Safford
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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! In this session we’ll look at December and discover some of the birds to look for and where to go around Tucson and Southeast Arizona as the year comes to a close.

Monday, November 23, 6pm–7pm
Presentation: Birds and Wildlife of North and West Australia (via the Red Center) | Host: Andy Walker
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Join Andy Walker of Birding Ecotours as he takes us on a bird-filled adventure covering over 2,500 miles from Darwin in the Top End of the Northern Territory to Perth in the southwest of Western Australia going via Alice Springs in the Red Center (including Uluru/Ayers Rock). We will drop into some amazing birding areas along the route looking for the range-restricted specialties along the way, including Kakadu National Park, a World Heritage site. We should find some of the prettiest birds in all of Australia along the way, such as Gouldian Finch, Spinifex Pigeon, and Blue-breasted Fairywren. A range of interesting mammals could also make an appearance and we will also seek out several of the toughest birds in all of Australia.

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Birding Southeast Arizona App: Now for Android and iOS

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A great interactive companion to our Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona, the new Birding Southeast Arizona app is now available for Apple iOS ($9.99) and Android ($7.99) devices. A collaboration between Tucson Audubon and the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory, with funding from the Southeastern Arizona Birding Trail committee, the app covers over 130 birding sites in six subregions in and around Tucson, all vetted by local experts.

The app takes bird-finding in southeast Arizona to the next level:

  • Use GPS to find birding “sites near me”
  • View details and a list of common species for each site
  • Get turn-by-turn directions and find nearby amenities
  • Search all sites for a “target bird,” and find the nearest location
  • Access Audubon’s online bird guide for quick reference in the field
  • Plan your next trip by searching for sites near a city or ZIP code
  • Tag your favorite spots and share with your friends
  • Track and log your sightings and share custom sighting maps with your friends via Facebook

Proceeds benefit the education, research, and conservation programs of the Tucson Audubon Society and the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory.

Learn more and download a copy

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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

color_square_face_right

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