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August 11–15, 2021 | Tucson, AZ

Events – Workshops, Free Talks & Socials

  • Early Bird Registration opens June 21 at 10am AZ Time
  • General Registration opens June 23 at 10am AZ Time

 

 

Thursday, August 12

Drawing Birds with Saraiya Kanning

  • 9:30am – 11:30am
  • $10/person

Let’s breathe deep and open our eyes to the wonderful world of birds which surrounds us! We’ll talk about ways to see and observe birds, their behavior, and their anatomy in a way that will revolutionize the way you draw them, whether from life or from pictures. Bring graphite pencils (HB or 2B preferred), drawing paper, and a kneaded or white eraser for two hours of joyful and immersive bird drawing. Level: beginner to intermediate.

 

Photography: Photographing Birds in Flight, Big and Small with Krisztina Scheeff

  • 10:30am – 11:30am
  • $10/person

It can be incredibly rewarding to photograph birds in flight. Equally, however, there can be nothing more frustrating than the very same thing. In this classroom & field workshop professional photographer Krisztina Scheeff with KS Nature Photography will teach you lots of tips and tricks, camera settings and more to help you get those fantastic in flight bird shots. Related field workshop portion is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately.

 

Bird Behavior with Photography with Maresa Pryor-Luzier

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • $10/person

Photographing Bird behavior can be tricky but with today’s lighter and faster cameras its attainable for adventurous bird photographers. Maresa will discuss exposure, apertures, ISO, backgrounds, and autofocus and focus points to optimize those fantastic images.  She will also talk about studying your subject, field ethics, and when is the best time to catch your subject in the best light or behavior dictated by the time of year. Related field workshop portion is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately.

 

Sparrows: Little Brown Jobbers with Homer Hansen

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • $10/person

Our skulky sparrows come to life during the monsoon season in southeast Arizona, and species such as Botteri’s, Cassin’s and Grasshopper’s can be identified readily if you are familiar with their appearance and vocalizations. This workshop will introduce you to the breeding sparrows of our region, along with their habitat, identification characteristics, and songs. Take this workshop and then accompany Homer into the field on Friday for first-hand experience! Field portion is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately.

 

Ornitherapy: For Your Mind, Body, and Soul with Holly Merker

  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Watching birds: not only fun, but good for you! Learn why getting your daily dose of Ornitherapy is just what the doctor ordered….Ornitherapy, or the mindful observation of birds, benefits our mind, body, and soul. We’re pushed and pulled in many directions, no matter our age. This can be tiresome; but if we allow birds and nature to slow us down, we are self-medicating. Research shows that exposure to nature actively reduces stress, depression, and anxiety, while helping build a stronger heart and immune system. Birds are gateways into deeper experiences with nature, magnifying these benefits. Through observation, we can learn not only about birds, but gain insight into our own lives while exploring our connection to the world around us. This fosters stewardship and bolsters conservation. Within the program, we’ll delve into our connections to birds, how to practice Ornitherapy for optimal benefits, and learn about the latest research in the power of nature for overall wellbeing. Come listen to how watching birds can bring you more than just the enjoyment.

Friday, August 13

Sonoran Desert Watercolor with Saraiya Kanning

  • 9:30am – 11:30am
  • $10/person

Our desert is anything but an empty place! Let’s explore the flora and fauna of Tucson in this two hour introductory painting class. We’ll observe the fascinating and unexpected colors of the desert and apply them to our creations. No prior drawing or watercolor experience required. Materials provided.

 

Birding 101 with Kathe Anderson

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

This is an interactive class to help you get started to enjoy birds more, covering basic bird anatomy, binocular choice, and resources about birds and where to find them, including books, apps and websites.

 

The Exciting Night Life of Bats with Karen Krebbs

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Karen has studied bats for more than 30 years.  Learn about this exciting and unique nocturnal mammal and how it is so successful as a predator and pollinator.  There are more than 1,100 species of bats that occur worldwide.  Bats are an important part of our ecosystems and deserve our respect and admiration. Echolocation allows a bat to fly in total darkness to locate, chase, and capture flying insects.  Bridges and other human structures are important roost habitat for many species of bats.  Nectar bats visit and pollinate columnar cactus and succulents in our area.  Also learn about the threats to bats and how we can help.  A live bat will be presented at the end of the lecture. Field trip portion is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately.

Saturday, August 14

Moths: A Hidden World of Nocturnal Diversity with Pima County Naturalist Jeff Babson

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Moths are often dismissed as drab creatures whose caterpillars devour our gardens and sweaters.  While some species do exhibit bad habits, the truth is that moths are incredibly diverse, abundant, and easy to observe.  Many moths are strikingly patterned and stunningly beautiful, refuting the idea that these insects are unattractive.  This workshop is an introduction to the vibrant, beautiful, and surprising world of moths.

 

A Beginner’s Look at Dragonflies and Damselflies in Southeast Arizona with Laurens Halsey

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Have you been curious about dragonflies but mystified by the challenge of identifying them? Join Laurens Halsey for a workshop aimed at providing a foundation for how to go about identifying these challenging arthropods. This will be followed by a Sunday field trip aimed at examining some of the odonate diversity found around Southeast Arizona. Field trip portion is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately.

Workshops coming soon!

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before August 1, 2021 will be refunded less a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be issued after August 1. Tucson Audubon reserves the right to cancel or revise any event for any reason. If it becomes necessary to cancel a paid event (field trip or dinner) for which you have a reservation, we will notify you and issue a full refund. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.

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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