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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, April 22, 11am–12pm
Presentation: Spines, Feathers, and Field Guides | Host: Thomas Staudt
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Arizona has 90 cacti 16 agave and numerous obvious and hidden additional succulent species. As with the varied and specialized bird species that attract enthusiasts from around the world our cacti distribution equally attracts it’s share of enthusiasts. Thomas Staudt, editor and creator of Field Guide to Cacti and other Succulents of Arizona will take you on a tour through the field guide, highlighting how it was planned and formulated, compare chasing cacti to bird chases and comment on how birds and cacti are evaluated with updated research. Common succulents that occur in some of the popular local birding areas will be featured.

Monday, April 26, 7pm – 8pm
Birds ‘n’ Beer–”Rare & Interesting Birds in SE Arizona” | Host: Luke Safford
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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.

Tuesday, April 27, 11am – 12:30pm
Birdathon Event: Then and Now–Arizona Birding in the 1970s | Presenter: Kenn Kaufman
Register Here with free coupon code if conducting a Birdathon, or $50+ donation
Southern Arizona has always been a top birding region, but the attractions have changed over the years. Kenn Kaufman arrived in Tucson as an avid teenaged birder in the early 1970s and spent much of the following decade birding all over the state, and in this program he’ll share impressions of how the scene has changed in the years since. Overall the birding in Arizona is better now than it was then, but the 1970s had some highlights. Some prized rarities were found for the first time during that decade, including Eared Quetzal, Slate-throated Redstart, Yellow Grosbeak, and Aztec Thrush. Some birds now seen regularly in Arizona, like Black-capped Gnatcatcher and Rufous-capped Warbler, were first recorded in the 1970s. Some species like Lucifer Hummingbird and Buff-collared Nightjar were almost mythical in the early part of that decade, and have become much more widespread since. In addition to these birds of Mexican affinities, the 1970s also saw a push to look for eastern vagrants, the rise of county listing, and other developments. This will be a unique look into local birding history.

Thursday, April 29, 11am–12pm
Class: Birding the Calendar–Where to Go Birding in May | 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 where to go as our short spring season turns into summer and the temperatures really start to rise.

Tuesday, May 4, 10am–11am
Class: Phone Photography–From Pocket to Post | Instructor: Todd Nettelhorst with Hunt’s Photo & Video
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Learn how to use the camera that is with you all the time! In this presentation, you will be introduced to camera apps, modes, settings, processing tools, and accessories such as lenses to help you use your smartphone to capture amazing images. From your pocket to posting on social media, you will be walked through a live, interactive session showing you a step by step workflow for both iphone and android. With a little practice, you’ll see immediate improvement and understanding of this incredible handy tool for capturing images you can be proud of.

Thursday, May 6, 12pm–1pm
Presentation: Exploring High Elevation Springs and Rare Plants in the Rincon Mountains | Presenters: Don Swann & Dan Beckman
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The Rincon Mountains are amazing – so close to Tucson, but part of a roadless wilderness that still holds many mysteries. This talk will focus on Saguaro National Park’s efforts to learn more about high elevation springs: finding previously undocumented springs and rare plants; assessing spring resources; the history of springs in the park; and where the water comes from. We will also talk about the drying of historic springs and how we hope to guide back-country users to new water sources.

Monday, May 17, 6pm–7pm
Presentation: “Find the Birds”–the Brand New Birding Game for Your Phone | Presenter: Adam Dhalla
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Find the Birds is a free-to-download, free-to-play educational mobile game for all ages about birds & conservation. It was co-created by 15-year-old Adam Dhalla, recipient of the 2018 ABA Young Birder of the Year Award. Players travel the globe searching for birds and do conservation quests to help them. The first in-game location is Arizona, including the critically endangered California Condor. Check out the YouTube trailer here! Adam will share how the game was made and how you can start playing!

Thursday, May 20, 7am–8am
Virtual Birding: Real-time Live Birding in Costa Rica in partnership with Mowgli Expeditions | Hosts: Luke Safford & Sachin Aggarwal
$15/person, Register Here
Experience real-time virtual birding with a guide in a distant remote forest in Costa Rica. In an instant, we will be transported to the rainforest, exploring and looking for birds. This birding session will at in the Caribbean Lowlands of Costa Rica and you can expect to see many bird species like Scarlet-rumped tanager, Golden-hooded tanager, Crimson-collared tanagers, Red-legged and Green honeycreepers as well as Collared Aracaris, Yellow-throated and Keel-billed toucans.
Registration is $15 per person, and $12 from each registration goes directly to the guide. This endeavor is a big help to the local guides as well as the family that runs the birding station/lodge. We thank you for participating and contributing to it.

SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE!

April 16–21

Add to your home landscapes or start a brand new one! We’ll have many native plant species available to make your spaces attractive and beneficial for birds and other wildlife.

Ordering takes place online at tucsonaudubonnatureshop.com and plants can be picked up at our Nature Shop, April 29–May 1.

See the plant list

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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