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August 5–7, 2020 | Tucson, AZ

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Virtual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival

Join us August 5–7, using the Zoom video conferencing platform

(Half of the proceeds directly support Sonoita Creek conservation.)

 

Your 2020 Full Festival Pass enables you to:

  • Register for any of the festival events 

  • Receive “Early Bird” registration status for the 2021 Southeast Arizona Birding Festival (2 days early).

  • Support Birding With a Purpose: Half of all 2020 Full Festival Pass proceeds will directly support critical work on the Sonoita Creek Watershed.

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Save the dates for next year! August 11–15, 2021

2019 Bird Species Checklist

By Specific Field Trip 2019

Virtual Festival Schedule (all times Arizona Time)

After you register, you will immediately receive a confirmation email with your virtual schedule. Your link to join the Zoom events will be sent Tuesday, August 4; please check your spam/junk folder if you do not see it in your inbox.

If you have any questions about using Zoom, please contact Luke Safford.

Wednesday, August 5, 11 am–12 pm
Birdability Forum
Birdability is a movement to introduce the joys of birding to mobility-challenged individuals, and make birding more inclusive and accessible. Tucson Audubon is seeking stakeholders to join us for an initial forum exploring how best to bring Birdability successfully to our community: leadership, volunteers, anyone who would like to be involved in making birding in Southeast Arizona more accessible and inclusive.

Wednesday, August 5, 1–2 pm
Birding with a Purpose: “Cuckoo Corridor” Virtual Birding Tour sponsored by Splendido at Rancho Vistoso
The Paton Center for Hummingbirds is famous for its Violet-crowned Hummingbirds, but moving beyond the feeders will lead you along the bird-rich Sonoita Creek and the new “Cuckoo Corridor.” We’ll explore this new portion of the center that is actively being restored by Tucson Audubon with the removal of invasive Johnsongrass and the plantings of new natives creating a haven for Yellow-billed Cuckoos, flycatchers, finches, buntings, and more. The impact of conservation combined with birding is readily apparent in this renowned birding location and deserves our attention.

Wednesday, August 5, 5–6:15 pm
Birds ‘n’ Beer: Connecting with the Bird World sponsored by Sabrewing Nature Tours
Join some of your favorite birding companies, knowledgeable guides, fellow birders, and Tucson Audubon staff & volunteers in a fun and fast-paced social event. We’ll use Zoom’s breakout rooms for smaller groups, mix it up every 10 minutes with a new birding “host,” and offer some fun “door” prizes. Hosts will include:

  • Rob Ripma of Sabrewing Nature Tours
  • Photographer Krisztina Scheeff (“Rushing Grebes & San Diego top birding/photography hotspots)
  • Tucson Audubon Citizen Science Coordinator Olya Phillips
  • Jacob Roalef of Birding Ecotours (“Beers Around the World while on Birding Tours”)
  • Naturalist Jeff Babson (“Birding Ethics”)
  • Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optik (“A Virtual Look at the New Swarovski Optik NL Pure Binocular”)
  • Richard Moncrief of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics (“Birding for Kids: Tips for Young and New Birders”)
  • Jennifer and David MacKay of Solipaso Tours
  • Erik and Hannah of “Hannah and Erik Go Birding” Podcast Fame
  • Jennifer Hajj of the San Diego Bird Festival
  • Join in person for your chance to win Zeiss Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars, $500 gift certificate with Sabrewing Nature Tours, Photography Outing with Krisztina Scheeff and the Grebes, $500 gift certificate with Birding Ecotours, Tucson Audubon Nestbox, and more!

Thursday, August 6, 11 am–12:15 pm
Birds ‘n’ Lunch: Connecting with the Bird World
Join some of your favorite birding companies, knowledgeable guides, fellow birders, and Tucson Audubon staff & volunteers in a fun and fast-paced social event. We’ll use Zoom’s breakout rooms for smaller groups, mix it up every 10 minutes with a new birding “host,” and offer some fun “door” prizes. Everyone in attendance will receive a code for free entry into Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Academy course, “Be A Better Birder: Size and Shape!” Hosts will include:

  • Giovani Ortiz of Icaro Birding Tours (“Demystifing Birding in Colombia”)
  • Tucson Audubon Bird Conservation Biologist Jennie MacFarland (“Elegant Trogons”)
  • Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optik (“3 Tips for Better Phone-Scope Photography”)
  • Research Professor David Pearson (“Birding and Conservation in the Future”)
  • Field Trip Leader Holly Kleindienst (“Greater Roadrunners–the Iconic Bird of the SW)
  • Jay McGowan with Cornell Lab of Ornithology (“Birding using eBird and Merlin”)
  • Habitat at Home Coordinator Kim Matsushino (“Best Plants for Attracting Birds”)
  • Richard Moncrief of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics (“Top 10 Checklist for Helping Birds”)
  • Angeline Fahey of Tucson Wildlife Center (“Rehabbing Birds and How to Respond”)
  • Mandy Talpas with WINGS Birding Tours (“Birding in Hawaii”)
  • Adrian Lesak of Vortex Optics (“Brief Introduction to Choosing the Right Optics for You”)
  • Join in person for your chance to win a Vortex Diamondback 85 mm Spotting Scope, $500 gift certificate for Icaro Birding Tours, signed books from WINGS Birding Tours leaders, Free Access to one of Cornell Lab’s Bird Academy Courses, Tucson Audubon Bee Box for your yard, and more!

Thursday, August 6, 4–5:30 pm
How to Study and Learn Bird Songs (and Memorize Anything!) with Tom Stephenson sponsored by Splendido at Rancho Vistoso
Identifying the warblers and other species singing in the field is one of the most enjoyable and satisfying aspects of birding. However trying to learn and remember the important ID points of bird vocalizations can be difficult and sometimes very frustrating. This lecture will cover many new techniques that make it easier to identify singing warblers and other species. It will cover how to use Song Finders, and the best approaches to identifying an unknown song. Based on the system outlined in The Warbler Guide, the lecture will also explain how understanding a song’s structure, using objective, easy-to-hear song qualities, can speed up the identification process and make separating similar-sounding species much easier. Learning and remembering songs is another important skill for birders. The workshop will also cover the science of memory and learning, and outline a system that works very effectively for memorizing bird vocalizations (and anything else!)

Friday, August 7, 8–9:15 am
Birds ‘n’ Coffee: Connecting with the Bird World
Join some of your favorite birding companies, knowledgeable guides, fellow birders, and Tucson Audubon staff & volunteers in a fun and fast-paced social event. We’ll use Zoom’s breakout rooms for smaller groups, mix it up every 10 minutes with a new birding “host,” and offer some fun “door” prizes. We’ll end with a special celebration for our 2020 Bill Thompson III Young Birder of the Year award. Hosts will include:

  • Wendy Clark of BirdWatcher’s Digest
  • Chris Lotz of Birding Ecotours (“South Africa: Birding Among the Lions & Elephants”)
  • Field Trip Leader Homer Hansen (“Bird ID: Feather Groups & Recognizing Body Structure”)
  • Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optik (“Choosing the Right Binoculars”)
  • Conservation Advocate Nicole Gillett (“Current Conservation Issues for Birds”)
  • Field Trip Leader Kyle Carlsen (“Birding by Ear 101”)
  • Richard Moncrief of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics (“An Inside Look at the new Victory 32SF Binocular”)
  • Field Trip Leader Kathe Anderson (“Speed Dating with SE AZ Birds”)
  • Photographer Lee Hoy with Olympus (“Why I Lightened the Load with Olympus”)
  • Mollee Brown of The Birding Co-op (“Diversifying and Connecting the Birding World”)
  • Christina Lokey of Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Join in person for your chance to win a subscription to BirdWatcher’s Digest, Backyard Birds, Aero 2 Travel Tripod Kit, $500 gift certificate with Birding Ecotours, Personal Field Trip for 4 with Kathe Anderson, and more!

Friday, August 7, 1–2 pm
Birding with a Purpose: Harshaw Creek & Mining Virtual Birding Tour sponsored by Splendido at Rancho Vistoso
Combine birding and conservation as we explore the unique Patagonia Mountains. Harshaw Creek is lined with Sycamores making it a great location for woodpeckers, flycatchers, tanagers, and Elegant Trogons. We’ll learn about the threat of 21st century industrialized mining in this biologically diverse area, which is identified by scientists as one most in need of protection for species survival.

Image credits: Birders, Virginia Rose; Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Dan Pancamo; Montezuma Quail, Frank Retes; Tom Stephenson; Elegant Trogon, Bruce Taubert; Red-faced Warbler, Tom Vezo; Harshaw Creek, Alan Schmierer

Sonoita Creek Watershed: Festival Conservation Focus

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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