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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.

Monday, August 17, 6 pm–7 pm
CLASS: The Incredible Birds & Wildlife of Eastern Australia | Instructor: Andrew Walker
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Join Birding Ecotours guide and tour leader Andrew Walker as he takes us on a virtual tour birding our way around the eastern side of the endemic-filled continent-country of Australia, picking up some interesting wildlife sightings along the way. Andrew will take us to the island state of Tasmania followed by the mainland states of Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland as we make our way north, up the eastern side of the country. We will see a wide range of seabirds and landbirds (many of which are endemic) from a range of intriguing-sounding habitats such as mallee, mulga, and gibber, as well as more familiar-sounding rainforest habitat (but nothing in Australia is quite how you imagine – it’s even better!). We will also explore the Great Southern Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef, two highly contrasting and exciting places for birders and those interested in wildlife as a whole.

Tuesday, August 18, 11 am–12 pm
CLASS: Birding the Calendar–Where to Go Birding in September | 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 September and discover some of the birds to look for and where to go around Tucson and Southeast Arizona during the heart of fall migration.

Monday, August 24th, 1–2 pm
Introducing the Migratory Bird Initiative: Integrating Migratory Bird Data for Conservation Action
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Migratory birds face threats throughout their annual cycle. As one of the National Audubon Society’s newest initiatives, the Migratory Bird Initiative seeks to bring together the latest spatial data on species distributions and seasonal movements to engage the Audubon network and our members around the joy of migration and inform conservation efforts across the Western Hemisphere. Learn more about how these datasets are being brought together, what we can learn from this integration, how migration science can be used to protect migratory birds, and how you can get involved. Join Senior Director of the Migratory Bird Initiative, Dr. Jill Deppe, and Outreach Biologists, Chad Witko and Mikko Jimenez, as they introduce the Initiative

Tuesday, August 25, 7 pm – 8 pm
Birds ‘n’ Beer–Rare Birds in SEAZ (August Edition) | Host: Luke Safford
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Enjoy your favorite drink and connect with your Tucson Audubon friends. Every month brings some new, rare 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.

Thursday, August 27, 11 am–12:30 pm
Class: Gearing up for Bird Photography | Instructor: Michael Milicia
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Join us for a discussion of camera equipment and accessories for bird photography hosted by Michael Milicia and made possible by Hunt’s Photo & Video. We will talk cameras, lenses, teleconverters, extension tubes, tripods, heads, leveling bases, bean bags, ground pods, camera straps, Arca-Swiss plates and clamps, replacement feet, lens protection, lens cleaning, travel bags, and more! Noah Buchanan from Hunt’s Photo will also be online to talk about the services that they offer, product availability, and special deals for meeting participants. Please come prepared with lots of questions and get some free expert guidance regarding your next photo purchase!

Thursday, September 3, 1 pm–2 pm
Class: eBird 101–Track the Birds You See | Instructor: Holly Kleindienst
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A brief overview of eBird, how to set up your eBird profile, how to log a bird checklist into eBird, including sharing your checklist and adding photos, and why numbers count and how accurate do you need to be. You’ll also learn how to view your data to see your County, State, Country, ABA and World lists and hear how eBird data is reviewed and used, making it possible for every level of birder to use eBird. Every checklist counts – you’re not just birding anymore, you’re doing surveys!

Thursday, September 10, 1 pm–2 pm
Class: eBird 102–Find the Birds You Want to See | Instructor: Holly Kleindienst
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You’ll learn how to find out what birds are being seen near you or anywhere in the world, how to see where a particular species is located, see what species are present at a particular time of year, how to get daily or hourly alerts for rare birds or birds you “need” to see and check out games within eBird to help you learn the birds near you or where you are going.

Thursday, September 17, 1 pm–2 pm
Class: eBird 201–Use the eBird App to Submit Checklists | Instructor: Holly Kleindienst
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You’ll learn how the eBird App on your phone differs from the eBird website as well as the basics of using the eBird app: lookups, codes, intuitive count entries, and sharing your checklist with your fellow birders in the field. And discover how using the app increases accuracy and saves time, when and how to create and submit a checklist when you have no cellular coverage, and how to edit a submitted checklist.

Friday, September 18, 11 am–12:30 pm
Class: Top 10 Ways to Make Your Photography Worse | Instructor: Lee Hoy
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This tongue-in-cheek class will address ten steps every outdoor photographer can take to make their images worse. The ten topics we will cover to make sure your images are horrible are: 1) Make Sure You Always Take Your Image from the Exact Same Position; 2) Never, Ever Read Your Camera’s Manual; 3) Work Hard to Ignore the Edges of Your Image when Composing; 4) Only Take a Couple of Shots of Each Subject or Scene; 5) Whatever You Do, Don’t Take a Photography Class, Workshop or Go Out with a Pro; 6) Try Your Best to Imitate the Style(s) of Other Photographer(s); 7) Don’t Ever Worry about Shutter Speed, Using a Tripod, or other Forms of Stability; 8) Never Move Your Autofocus Point or Change Your Autofocus Mode; 9) Ignore Post-Processing, You Don’t Need It; and 10) Always Leave Your Camera in Auto or Program Mode. It is necessary for a photographer of any skill level, to constantly be working on and honing their creativity, post-processing skills, understanding of their equipment, utilizing the best practices for stability, and constantly learning from other photographers.

Thursday, September 24, 1 pm–2 pm
Class: Exploring Birding Apps | Instructor: Holly Kleindienst
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Want to lighten your load in the field? Come explore some popular field guide apps you can use on your smartphone to help you identify birds (Sibley, iBird, Merlin, Audubon), and why you might want more than one. We’ll also look at a couple of apps that can help you locate the birds you want to see and birding hotspots near you (Birding SEAZ, Bird’s Eye).

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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