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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, 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.

Tuesday, December 1, 1pm–2pm
Presentation: What’s Cooking with Habitat at Home | Hosts: Kim Matsushino, Jennie MacFarland, and Keith Ashley
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We will discuss the inspiration and foundational principles of Tucson Audubon’s Habitat at Home program. Learn how your yard can be part of a larger effort to mitigate the largest human caused source of bird mortality: habitat loss. We will also dive into some exciting new “A La Carte” components of the Habitat at Home program. Come join us to both learn what’s new and discuss what has worked well in all of our urban habitats.

Tuesday, December 1, 7pm–8pm
Social: Birds ‘n’ Beer on Giving Tuesday: Let’s Talk About Birds in Your Yard | Host: Luke Safford
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Enjoy your favorite drink and connect with your Tucson Audubon friends on Giving Tuesday. What’s your newest “Yard Bird?” This is a great opportunity to share your stories and/or pictures of the birds and wildlife that have been attracted to your yard habitats and maybe pick up some new ideas to bring to your backyard from others.

Thursday, December 3, 11am–12pm
Presentation: Choosing the Right Tools for Wildlife Photography | Host: Cheryl Opperman with Hunt’s Photo
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Join award winning photographer Cheryl Opperman as she shares her stunning images from around the world and explains how her choice in camera gear and other tools improves her chances of capturing the perfect moment. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session so you can get the help you need to make better choices when choosing your own gear.

Cheryl Opperman is a nationally acclaimed nature photographer who has traveled to every continent in the world capturing spectacular images of nature, wildlife, and indigenous cultures. Widely published, her photographs have appeared in print, on the web, on television, and in solo and group exhibits, resulting in a list of clients or credits which include The American Humane Association, The Denver Post, the National Geographic Society, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Cheryl’s esthetic compositions, artistic use of light, and exquisite detail have been honored with several prestigious awards from organizations including The Earth Day Network, Nature’s Best Photography, the International Photography Awards, and the National Wildlife Federation. She was also featured as a leading female nature photographer by Outdoor Photographer Magazine and has appeared in on-camera interviews by 9News Denver, the Luminous Landscape, and Smithsonian Earth. Using the power of photography to inspire interest in the environment and other cultures, she has presented slide shows or classes on various topics to schools, camera clubs, and organizations including the Intermountain Regional Headquarters of the National Park Service, the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, and the North American Nature Photography Association. Cheryl is a 1992 honors graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial/Scientific photography.

Monday, December 7, 1pm–2pm
Presentation: Discover Christmas Bird Counts | Hosts: Luke Safford and Various Local CBC Compilers
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Christmas Bird Counts have been an annual Audubon tradition for 120 years and is a valued resource for citizen science research. We’ll be joined by compilers from the Tucson Valley, Catalina Mountains, and Green Valley counts and discover what makes each of these circles unique, how COVID is affecting the way the counts are conducted this year, and where/how the compilers could use your help. Stories of past Christmas Bird Counts will be shared and we’ll talk about why this project is imporant to the birding community.

Tuesday, December 8, 10am–11am
Presentation: Creating Safe Places to Nest | Host: Olya Phillips
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A productive bird habitat provides food, water, shelter, safe passage and places to nest and raise young. In this presentation we will cover all the ways you can ensure a safe environment for birds to raise their young in your own yard. We will cover cavity, cup and ground nesters as well as the common problems and solutions nesting birds face in an urban setting. Join our Nestbox Program Coordinator, Olya Phillips to learn more!

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Thursday, December 10, 1–2:30 pm
Join Tucson Audubon for a “WINTER ROOST” 
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Our Annual Membership holiday party has gone virtual this year! Join Tucson Audubon members and staff to celebrate the season with fellow bird and nature lovers. Bring a bird-loving buddy! Give a membership and invite a friend—membership makes a great gift!

Hear first-hand about the exciting, new endeavors and innovations Tucson Audubon staff have embarked on throughout this year, and how these will help launch us into 2021 with the preparation and resources necessary to continue building a better world for birds, and people, in a new era.

NOT A MEMBER YET? JOIN HERE!

Come for the company and stay for our special guest speaker…Laura EricksonHost and producer of the For the Birds radio program and a great storyteller, Laura will surely instill our love of birds with humor and holiday spirit.

Register NOW! We can’t wait to celebrate with you at our Winter Roost. 

Special thanks to event sponsor Splendido at Rancho Vistoso!

Thursday, December 17, 10am–11:30am
Green Valley Gardeners Presentation: 7 Great Design Ideas for a Bird-Friendly Yard | Hosts: Charlene Westgate & Jennie MacFarland
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Two common misconceptions exist about bird-friendly landscaping. Some believe that landscaping for wildlife means an ugly, “weedy” landscape, too unkempt for a residential setting. Others believe that their small yard will make no difference, so why bother. These attitudes could never be further from the truth! Designing for wildlife is not only beautiful, it gives homeowners a chance to break out of the cookie cutter mold of the typical residential landscape and create a lush oasis of varied and colorful plants that can be enjoyed by people and birds. Plus, with the loss of nearly 3 billion birds over the last 50 years, even the smallest yard can include some native plants that make a difference for our winged friends. 
Birds can be sources of fun, free pest control, musical entertainment and aerial gymnastics. Attracting birds means more than just hanging a feeder or adding a birdbath, though. A bird-friendly yard needs to meet all of a bird’s basic needs for food, shelter, water and nesting. So, if you want a space where birds do more than just pass through, these design tips will help you create a space where they want to stay a while.

Friday, December 18, 11am–12 pm
CLASS: Birding the Calendar–Where to Go Birding in January | 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 January and plan out a great way to start birding the new year.

Monday, December 21, 7pm–8pm
Social: Birds ‘n’ Beer–”Rare Birds in Southeast 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 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, December 22, 11am–12:30pm
PRESENTATION: Eared Quetzals: status and breeding ecology in Chihuahua, Mexico | Instructors: Javier Cruz-Nieto & Micah Reigner in partnership with Sonoran Joint Venture
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This year has been a historic year for Eared Quetzals venturing into Arizona (and New Mexico!), and numerous birders probably got their lifers either in Rucker Canyon or Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiricahuas within the last several months. We invite you to join Javier Cruz-Nieto and Micah Riegner for a Zoom presentation journey to the Sierra Madre Occidental of Chihuahua, Mexico, where they will discuss the behavior, breeding ecology, and status of this magnificent bird. Javier will draw on his 26+ years of living in Chihuahua studying both Thick-billed Parrots and Eared Quetzals, and Micah will draw on a recent trip he took to film the birds nesting in colossal Aspens. Eared Quetzal, photo by Micah Reigner

Javier Cruz-Nieto, originally from Coahuila, came to Chihuahua to work with Thick-billed Parrots 26 years ago and has stayed ever since. He currently works for OVIS (Organizacion Vida Silvestre): a Mexican NGO that does work throughout northern Mexico. Javier’s work is diverse and includes surveying Thick-billed Parrot nests in Chihuahua, Maroon-fronted Parrot nests on the cliffs of Nuevo Leon, Sierra Madre Sparrows near Durango, and Golden Eagles across Sonora and Chihuahua. Every year he documents numerous Eared Quetzal nests, and he is eager to present some of his findings.

Micah Riegner, a native of Prescott, Arizona, grew up birding and exploring the central Arizona highlands. He studied at Prescott College and, while he was working on his master’s degree studying woodcreepers in Brazil, he began leading tours for Field Guides. He has since led numerous tours throughout Latin America, mostly in Brazil, Suriname, Bolivia, and Mexico. Last August he travelled with Bret Whitney to meet up with Javier and film both Thick-billed Parrots and Eared Quetzals in Chihuahua for their Field Guides video series Outbirding.com. He looks forward to presenting some of the video clips and stories from that trip.

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300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

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3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
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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