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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.

Missed out on one of our virtual presentations? Find all the recordings of our past events on the Tucson Audubon Youtube Channel!

Thursday, July 14, 6-8 PM
Birds ‘N Bingo at Bawker Bawker Cider House
This event is free to join, but plan to bring money for drinks/food. | Register Here
Come out to Bawker Bawker Cider House for some birds, brews, and bingo! You’ll put your bird ID knowledge to the test, compete to win sweet birdy prizes, and sip some of the best cider in town with your friends from Tucson Audubon! Note that bingo will start promptly at 6:30. Bawker Bawker is located at 400 N 4th Ave, Tucson.
This event is being held in partnership with Bawker Bawker Cider House, check out their website for more info!
Please reach out to Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org) with any questions.

 

Saturday, August 13, 9:00am-11:00am
Family Birding Day with the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival – FREE!

Gene C. Reid Park, Ramada 4 (Just south of the Cele Peterson Rose Garden in the southwest corner of the park)

Share the joy of birds with your family! Come join Tucson Audubon at Reid Park on Saturday, August 13 for Family Birding Day. Families and children of all ages are welcome to join!

  • Learn about the superpowers of birds with two interactive children’s activities
  • Join us for a family-friendly bird walk around the park (walks will leave every half hour and will be offered in English and in Spanish)
  • Explore on your own with our birding Bingo card and see how many species you can find
  • Afterwards, check out the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival Nature Expo across the street at the DoubleTree Reid Park and see LIVE animals with Reid Park Zoo and Arizona Game & Fish

Register for FREE and let us know you’re coming!

 

Sábado 13 de Agosto de 9:00am-11:00am
Pajareando con la Familia en el Festival de aves del Sureste de Arizona ¡Este evento es Gratuito!

Gene C. Reid Park, Ramada 4 (al sur del jardín de Rosas de Cele Peterson- en la esquina sur oeste del parque)

Unase a la sociedad Audubon de Tucson en el parque Reid (Reid Park) el sábado 13 de agosto para un día familiar de observación de aves. ¡Familias y niños de todas las edades son bienvenidos!

  • Estaremos llevando a cabo dos actividades interactivas para niños, y aprendiendo sobre los superpoderes de las aves.
  • Participe en nuestra caminata de observación de aves (¡Pajarear!) alrededor del parque Reid. (las caminatas se llevarán a cabo cada media hora y serán ofrecidas en espanol e ingles)
  • Explore individualmente con el juego de Bingo de aves y averigüe cuántas especies puede encontrar en el parque.
  • Continúe aprendiendo acerca de estas aves en el Festival de Aves del Sureste de Arizona- justo enfrente de él Reid Park- en el hotel Double tree. Nos estarán acompañando nuestros amigos del zoológico del Parque Reid (Reid Park Zoo) ¡con animales en vivo! – Al igual que nuestros amigos de Arizona Game and Fish.

¡Registrese Gratis y confirme su asistencia!

Tuesday, June 28, 11am–12pm
Interactive Class: Tips on Identifying Birds | Host: Luke Safford
Registration for this event is free. | 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.

Monday, July 11, 11AM-12PM
Virtual Presentation: Preserving the Sonoran Desert and Bird Habitat through Invasive Plant Management | Presenter: Tony Figueroa
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here
Our Sonoran Desert habitat is threatened by invasive grasses and the greater risk of fire that comes with their proliferation. But many people don’t know how to tell nonnative grasses such as buffelgrass and fountain grass from native plants or how they can help against this threat. In this presentation, Tony Figueroa, Invasive Plant Program Manager at Tucson Audubon, will provide an overview of the issues at play, why we should be concerned, and how to identify these invasive species. He will detail how Tucson Audubon works to manage the problem with manual and chemical means, and how TAS supporters can get involved in the fight against these invasive plants.

Tuesday, July 19, 11am-12pm
Making the Most of your Festival Photography Experience with Hunt’s Photo | Hosts: Luke Safford & Noah Buchanan
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here
Here’s your opportunity to talk with Noah Buchanan of Hunt’s Photo about the camera lenses, gimbal heads, tripods, and more that he’ll have on hand for you to try out in the field on August 10-14 of the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival. Noah will be leading photography outings each day of the festival with special guests Simon Tolzmann and Jacob Bagley, giving you a unique opportunity to learn in the field and try out some new equipment. Join us for this sneak peek into the festival and photography Q/A session.

Monday, July 25, 7:00-8:00 PM
Virtual Social: 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.

Tuesday, July 26, 1:00–2:30 pm
eBird 101–Track the Birds You See | Instructor: Holly Kleindienst
Registration fee:
 $10/member, $20/non-member, or FREE with registration to the 2022 Southeast AZ Birding Festival!
Register Here

This first installment in the 2-part series will include a brief overview of eBird, how to set up your eBird profile, how to log a bird checklist, share your checklist and add photos. We’ll also discuss why bird numbers matter and how accurate you should strive to be. You’ll learn how to view your data in terms of your County, State, Country, ABA and World lists. And finally, we’ll explore how eBird data is used and reviewed. This workshop will make it easy for every level of birder to use eBird. Every checklist counts – you’re not just birding anymore, you’re surveying!

Tuesday, August 2, 1:00–2:30 pm
eBird 102–Find the Birds You Want to See | Instructor: Holly Kleindienst

Registration fee: $10/member, $20/non-member, or FREE with registration to the 2022 Southeast AZ Birding Festival!
Register Here
In the second part of the series, you will take your ebirding to the next level by learning to research sightings and species around the globe! We’ll explore how to track a species’ range, see what species are present at a particular time of year, and even get daily or hourly alerts for rare birds. To wrap up, we’ll check out some fun eBird features to help up your bird ID game!

Tuesday, August 23, 11am-12pm
Virtual Presentation: Attracting Creatures of the Night to Your Yard | Presenters: Jennie MacFarland and Kim Matsushino
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here
Your yard can be a great place for amazing animals that come out after dusk. We will talk about Elf Owls, Nighthawks, bats and other amazing animals that are active at night. We will learn about what plants are best for moths and other darkness dwellers. There are other resources we can add to our properties such as water and bat boxes that will be covered as well. The impacts of artificial light at night will also be discussed – this topic is surprisingly fascinating!

Monday, August 29, 7:00-8:00 PM
Virtual Social: 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.

Thursday, September 1, 11am-12pm
Virtual Presentation: Birding in Trinidad & Tobago – A Journey to over 150 Life Birds! | Presenter: Jennie Macfarland
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here
Having never birded in the tropics or the Caribbean, I traveled to Trinidad & Tobago not really knowing what to expect. The trip was amazing and I had over 150 life birds and many of them were stunningly beautiful. The culture, food and people were amazing as well and our group had an amazing time! Join this talk to see photos and hear stories from this trip from Naturalist Journeys and Tucson Audubon.

Thursday, September 8, 11am-12pm
Virtual Class: Birding the Calendar–Where to Go Birding in September & October | Instructor: Luke Safford
Registration for this event is free. | 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 the best month, because there is something unique during every season! This presentation will focus on some of the best spots to go birding in September and October.

Thursday, September 15, 11am-12pm
Urban Wildlife Photography with Hunt’s Photo | Presenter: Caleb Hoover
Registration for this event is free. | Register Here
Wildlife photographer Caleb Hoover discusses the ins and outs of practicing bird and wildlife photography in a highly developed urban environment. He will share some tips for finding great subjects close to home, and how to capture stunning wildlife images despite the limiting circumstances an urban environment tends to offer.

About the speaker: Caleb is a 16-year-old birder and wildlife photographer based out of the gulf coast of Florida. He started birding when he was just 8 years old and has only gotten more invested since. He began to photograph birds more seriously around the age of 13. And since then, he’s enjoyed the rich process of learning and building on the art of bird photography.

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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

Michael T. Bogan (he/him)

Michael is an Assistant Professor of Aquatic biology at the University of Arizona. Originally from California, he earned his PhD at Oregon State University, where his research focused on stream ecosystems of the Madrean Sky Islands and Sonoran Desert. He is well-known for his work on Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, and his beautiful photos of dragonflies. His research topics include Arid Lands, Conservation Biology, Invasive Species and Population and Community Ecology.

Michael serves as the faculty advisor for the UA chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, a national Diversity in STEM organization. Michael is a partner on our Santa Cruz River Heritage Project work and has contributed to the Vermilion Flycatcher in the past year.

Michael has a hard time choosing a single favorite bird, but says that Curve-billed Thrashers are pretty hard to beat. “I could watch them goofing around through the leaf litter and be entertained for days!”

 

Alberto Búrquez

I currently work at the Instituto de Ecología, Department of Ecology of Biodiversity, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). I got my bachelor and master’s degree at UNAM, and my PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. I do research in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Ethnoecology. Drylands ecology and societal use of resources in water-limited systems have been an ever-present passion through my life. It might be because I am a Sonoran Desert born person. However, my personal theory is that once someone experiences the desert landscapes they are smitten for life. I am passionate about bird and honorary bird species like bats and hawkmoths, particularly in their mutualist interactions with plants. My current projects include: 1) Columnar cacti: ecology, evolution, societal services. 2) Effects of extreme events on vegetation, 3) Species Distribution and Biogeography, 4) Indigenous lands and ecosystem processes, and 5) drought and freezing resistance in plants at the edges of distribution.

 

Jeanne Calhoun

Fascinated by wilderness and everything wild since growing up backpacking with her family in the Sierras, Jeanne pursued a diverse environmental career over the past 30+ years.  With a Bachelor’s in Biology (Carleton College) and a Master’s in Geology (Oregon State University), she pursued multiple aspects of environmental protection, with the last 23 years focused on ecological conservation in Arizona, working for The Nature Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the US National Park Service.  During her ten years at TNC, Jeanne was responsible for on-the-ground conservation in four ecoregions in Arizona, management of TNC’s preserve system, land management and restoration, government relations, and water policy.

Jeanne spent seven years with the USFWS where she oversaw threatened and endangered species issues in southern Arizona. She enjoyed the challenges of dealing with controversial issues such as the international border, proposed mining projects, energy infrastructure, wilderness management and climate change.

Most recently, she worked for Grand Canyon National Park as Chief of the Science and Resource Management Division, where she oversaw all science research as well as natural and cultural resource management activities in the park.  During her years at the Grand Canyon, Jeanne initiated the first Paleontological Resources Inventory for the park, led a Climate Change Analysis for the park’s watershed, reinitiated the effort to designate 94% of the park as Wilderness, and led publication of the Natural and Cultural Resource Condition Assessment for the park.

Recently retired, Jeanne has a passion for water sports, hiking and exploring Arizona’s spectacular landscapes, and is learning how to play the saxophone.

 

Colleen Cacy

Colleen is a partner with the firm Gadarian and Cacy, PLLC, a Tucson law firm specializing in professional Tax Strategy, Estate Planning and Asset Protection law.

  • J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law (1986)
  • President of the Board of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council
  • Elected member, American College of Trust and Estate Council
  • Memberships: Executive Committee of the Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar, the State Bar of Arizona, the Probate and Trust and Tax Sections of the State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Pima County Bar Association.
  • Past President of the Board of ZUZI Dance Company

 

Richard Carlson

Richard started birding as a child in Minnesota 70 years ago. After a brief interlude at Harvard, where he majored in caving, mountain climbing, winter mountaineering and economics, he began birding again in Washington DC with the Maryland Ornithological Society. He was one of Chan Robbin’s volunteers in establishing the first Breeding Bird Surveys. Bribed by the Nixon administration to leave town with a fellowship to Stanford, he moved West in 1969. He worked at Stanford Research Institute, where he co-authored “Solar Energy in America’s Future” and led field trips for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. He became President of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and expanded his birding to Latin America. He has birded throughout the Neotropics and in Africa, Australia, Antarctica, India, China and Europe. He hopes to ultimately see at least half the birds of the world. He and his wife Pat now migrate between homes in Tucson and Lake Tahoe depending on where the birds are.

 

Tricia Gerrodette

Tricia never wound up with a career but instead had a variety of jobs and life experiences. She's been a bookkeeper, a typist, a proofreader and then a test analyst for a defense contracting company. She was a tour guide for trips into Mexico's Copper Canyon for Elderhostel (now Road Scholar). The trips focused on Mexican and railroad history as well as the history and culture of the Rarámuri (Tarahumara) natives.

Secretary of the board for Tucson Audubon, member of the board for Friends of the San Pedro River, president of the now-defunct Huachuca Audubon Society, treasurer for Sky Island Unitarian Universalist Church, Water Sentinel with Sierra Club Water Sentinels, Steering Committee for Sustainable Water Workgroup.

When Huachuca Audubon Society disbanded in May 2016, Cochise County became part of the "assigned" territory for Tucson Audubon Society. That was a huge amount of land, although not too many people, to absorb. I was invited to be on the Tucson Audubon board to help with that effort, and to help protect the San Pedro River. That work still continues! Photo by Mark Levy.

Kathy Jacobs

Kathy Jacobs is a professor of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona and Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS). CCASS is a component of the Arizona Institutes for Resilience, and builds capacity to accelerate adaptation and on-the-ground solutions to climate issues.  She is currently a member of a team that is building the Indigenous Resilience Center at the UA.  From 2010 – 2013, Jacobs worked in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House. She was director of the Third National Climate Assessment, and the lead advisor on water science, policy, and adaptation. From 2006-2009 Jacobs was Executive Director of th

e Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of Arizona’s three universities focused on water sustainability. She worked 23 years for the Arizona

Department of Water Resources, including 15 as the director of the Tucson Active Management Area.  She was engaged in multiple aspects of implementing Arizona’s Groundwater Management Act, including development of water conservation programs and the Assured Water Supply Rules.  Jacobs has served on nine National Academy panels; she earned her M.L.A. in environmental planning from Berkeley.

 

Elisabeth (Lissie) Jaquette

Elisabeth (Lissie) Jaquette had been an occasional birder prior to moving to Arizona in 2018. Since connecting with Tucson Audubon, she has become increasingly passionate about birding, and is excited to give back by serving on the board. Lissie first became involved with Tucson Audubon by participating in the Habitat at Home program, then by joining as a member, and more recently by volunteering with the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, the Birdathon, and several bird surveys.

Lissie’s education includes a BA from Swarthmore College and an MA from Columbia University. Since 2017 she has served as Executive Director for the American Literary Translators Association, a non-profit membership organization.

When Lissie is not birding, she enjoys hiking and trail running in the Sonoran Desert, and translating literature from Arabic to English (her latest book was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Awards). She lives in Tucson with her 1-year-old son, Cassin (named for the kingbird); dog, Cooper (named for the hawk); and husband, Dan (sadly not named for any birds).

 

Riana Johnson

Riana Johnson is a skilled researcher with experience in quantitative, qualitative, and data visualization within the energy efficiency and utility industry. She brings creativity along with strong data analysis skills to her work. She uses her background in fine art and econometrics to deftly craft data visualizations and tell data-driven stories. Riana is a new birder and loves living in Tucson where the Vermillion Flycatchers are plenty. She recently started a chapter of the Feminist Bird Club in Tucson where she can mix her passion for activism, art, and birds. Riana has degrees in Political Science and Studio Art from New York University and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Arizona.

 

Linda McNulty

Linda McNultyLinda’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona, where she graduated Summa cum Laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. A recently retired partner at the law firm of Lewis and Roca, LLP, Linda was a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Finance practice group. Her law practice focused primarily on commercial real estate, business and natural resources law. Linda has served a number of board roles, including: President of the Tucson chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and member to the board of directors of the Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority, the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, and the Wilderness Land Trust. Early in her career, Linda worked for the Arizona Department of Water Resources and she’s maintained a connection to water policy issues in Arizona. Linda has been a member of Tucson Audubon Society since 1976 and lives with her husband Michael in Tucson.

 

R. Cynthia Pruett

Cynthia-Pruitt-with-raffle-tickets-by-Kendall-KroesenFor a long period I was what you might call a "lapsed birder". I started birding in college with a boyfriend who became my husband and we traveled all over the United States while he was in the service; leading to a pretty comprehensive bird list. Then suddenly, other life activity got in the way and for about 25 years birding was shelved. In the late 80's I was introduced to an avid woman birder at an environmental conference and the passion came back. My work career involved many executive jobs, some of them key environmental positions, which only reinforced my understanding of the need to protect important habitat around the world. It's (the birding) led to many trips to many countries, a joy of seeing both new and revisited birds and of course, to becoming active in Audubon chapters, both here and in Virginia.

 

Cynthia M. VerDuin, CPA

Cynthia began birding when she was 10 by participating with her girl scout troop create a bird-watching badge. In the 90’s she began birding with family, friends and with bird walks in various Ohio regions. Since 2010, she has enjoyed Tucson Audubon bird walks and short trips. Beginning in 2016, she has participated in the Birding Festival, serving as a volunteer in 2017-2019 and at Meet your Birds events. She served on the Gala and Finance committees in 2016-2017, and joined the board in 2018. She now serves as Treasurer and Search Committee co-chair.

Cynthia founded her accounting firm in 2007, focusing on not-for-profits, small companies and individuals, providing accounting, tax planning and reporting services, calling upon her Kent State University (BA degree in accounting with honors) and her experience at one of the “Big Eight” accounting firms (Arthur Andersen). Cynthia is also a Physical Therapist and commercial hot air balloon pilot, and enjoys hiking, birding, biking and swimming.