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August 10–14, 2022 | Tucson, AZ

Events – Workshops, Free Talks & Socials

SPECIAL EVENT

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival Banquet & Culmination with special guest, Jennie MacFarland

  • Saturday, August 13
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm, $60/person

Wrap up your festival experience with us as we celebrate more than just the new birds we’ve seen, but also the movement that birding is becoming—all over the world, and right here in Tucson. You’ll enjoy a delicious meal, visit with friends, and hear from special guest, Jennie MacFarland, Tucson Audubon’s Bird Conservation Biologist.

Jennie’s talk, “The Ties That Bind: How Birds Inspire Conservation and Community,” centers on how birds have captured our attention and wonder across millennia and cultures. Their flights and migrations are the core of legends, and their songs and plumages are metaphors of beauty and inspiration for art across the world. We are increasingly replacing their homes with our homes and therefore often find birds in our urban spaces. Many of our societal activities affect their lives and populations, but how do they affect us in return? Birds inspire awe in those who love them. How can we expand this community for the benefit of bird conservation?

NEW! Up your eBird game in time for the festival! Join us for a 2-part virtual workshop series on using eBird. Free with Festival Registration

Tuesday, July 26, 1:00–2:30 pm
eBird 101–Track the Birds You See | Instructor: Holly Kleindienst
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

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!

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Wednesday, August 10

 

Nature Expo is Open with Festival Friends & Partners

  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Free—no need to register

Explore the festival’s Nature Expo on the first night and talk with leaders and exhibitors about their favorite birding locations in Southeast Arizona while checking out new optics, beautiful nature-oriented art, and more.

 

Opening Celebration with Luke Safford and Tucson Audubon

  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Free—no need to register

We’ll kick-off the festival by introducing special guests, recognizing our greater purpose as birders, and celebrating the first birds seen by checking them off the “Big Board” together. A cash bar will be on-site along with free appetizers and door prizes.

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Thursday, August 11

 

Nature Expo is Open with Festival Friends & Partners

  • 12:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Free—no need to register

Explore the festival’s Nature Expo after a morning (or day!) of birding. Check the “Big Boards” (birds and wildlife checklists) to see if you can mark off any new birds, snakes, or butterflies seen that day on your field trip and engage with our exhibitors and volunteers who are happy to share their expertise and hospitality with you.

 

The Birds of New Zealand – 6 Endemic Families and so Much More with Sav Saville

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

An illustrated introduction to the unique birds of New Zealand. There are 6 endemic families in addition to many other unique birds and a multitude of seabirds. For example, the Wrybill is a shorebird which has a laterally curved bill – it is the ONLY bird in the World that has that. Only 20 years ago New Zealand Storm-petrel was rediscovered after 150 years – and it breeds almost within eye-sight of the largest city – Auckland! There are many other strange and interesting birds – like a carnivorous, Alpine parrot, or the only mainland colony of albatross in the World.

 

Eggs & Nests with Kathe Anderson

  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

We might take omelets for granted, but we shouldn’t! Birds’ eggs are complex and remarkable, from the shape, color and formation to what’s inside. Nests, too, have many varieties and unusual aspects. Dabble in the wonder of birds’ nests and eggs in this interactive class that showcases both familiar and exotic species with the hope of inspiring your curiosity to learn more.

 

Best Field Practices for Birders and Photographers

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

Whether you’re meandering through a forest, canoeing a river, or traipsing across a desert ridgeline, every step you take is being carefully observed by countless creatures both above and below. With that in mind, there’s no denying that our very presence in nature affects the lives of our abundant avian allies. How exactly does our behavior impact them, though? The short answer: it depends. Join four naturalists as we explore birding and photography etiquette in a unique interactive experience. With over 70 years of combined experience watching and photographing wild birds, Steve Vaughan, Henry Johnson, Dan Weisz, and Ian Adrian will share insight and guide discussions to better enhance the birding experience for avian and enthusiast alike.

 

Japan: An Amazing Winter Birding Photography Location with Alyce Bender

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

Take a break from the heat of Arizona and join Alyce Bender, Tamron Ambassador and Wildside Nature Tour leader, as she introduces you to Northern Japan and the wildlife that call it home during the winter! A variety of birds, like the Steller’s sea eagles and whooper swans, migrate to the area to overwinter while others, such as the Red Crowned Crane, are year-long residents. Learn more about the rare and endemic species that can be found during the coldest months of the year in this unique birding location. Additionally, Bender will include tips that are applicable to birding photography in general and speak about some of the ethical and conservation issues that surround birds in this part of the world.

 

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

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • 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. Don’t forget to join Jeff on Thursday or Friday evenings to experience a moth and insect extravaganza!

 

Enabling Every Body to Use Birding as Empowerment with Virginia Rose & Freya McGregor

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

Birds and birding can bring so much joy and empowerment to everybody, especially people with disabilities and other health concerns. Join Birdability founder Virginia Rose, who has used a manual wheelchair for 48 years, and Birdability Coordinator Freya McGregor, an occupational therapist with a background in blindness and low vision services, to learn how a brand new nonprofit is working to enable that. Hear Virginia’s story about the joys she’s found in birding, and what Birdability is doing to share those joys with everybody with access challenges. Discover some simple actions you can take to be a more welcoming and inclusive birder. And help Birdability ensure that birding truly is for everybody and every body! Learn more about Birdability at birdability.org or on social media @birdability

Virginia Rose, founder of Birdability and Board member of Travis Audubon in Austin, Texas has been a paraplegic for 48 years. She began birding 18 years ago and realized she needed to help others with access challenges discover the joys of birding.

Freya McGregor (she/her), OTR/L, CIG is the Birdability Coordinator and an occupational therapist. Birding since childhood, her ‘dodgy’ knee often creates an accessibility challenge for her. With a clinical background in blindness and low vision services, she works in her spare time for the radio show and podcast Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds, and is passionate about enabling all birders and potential future birders to enjoy birding and nature as much as she does.

 

Festival Celebration in the Nature Expo with BWD

  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Free—no need to register

Are you as excited as we are that Bird Watcher’s Digest is coming back as “BWD”?! BWD’s first issue just came out, and the first 100 festival attendees to meet them at the Nature Expo from 4:30pm – 5:30pm will receive a free copy. Don’t miss the chance to celebrate the launch of this fabulous, new magazine. A cash bar will be on-site along with free appetizers.

 

Hoots, Herps, and Hops: An Event for Young Birders and Those Young at Heart, Cohosted by the Birding Co-op

  • 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration
  • Trip difficulty: Easy, ~1.5-2 miles along paved road with gradual incline, restrooms and water available at the Visitor’s Center.

Please join us for this social birding event designed to welcome young birders and new birders of all kinds into the community! We will bird at Sabino Canyon followed by a drink at Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden. We’ll start the evening with a guided walk up Sabino Canyon Road, where we’ll hope to catch Purple Martins, Black-Throated Sparrows, Cardinals, Lesser Nighthawks, and other Sonoran specialties. On the way down, we will listen for Poorwills, Elf Owls, and Great-Horned Owls and keep our eyes out for toads, lizards, snakes, tarantulas, and scorpions. Afterwards, we’ll all meet at the nearby Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden for food, drink, and great company!

No transportation is provided. Please note, there is an $8 parking fee at Sabino Canyon. Specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 50 participants.

With this event, our goal is to welcome and make space for the newest generation of birders and those historically left out of the community. We invite birders of all ages to join us in welcoming our newest members!

 

IBA Dedication of Tucson Mountains at Saguaro NP

  • 6:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Celebrate the dedication of the relatively new Tucson Mountains Important Bird Area. Enjoy a short evening ceremony including a few words from key folks from Saguaro NP and the Coronado National Forest and eat some cake and refreshments. Afterwards we’ll have an optional evening Herp and Night Creatures walk on the pavement and trails with Jim Rorabaugh and an opportunity to view moths with Jeff Babson and a UV light set-up.  Limited to 50 participants.

 

FULL EVENTS

Identify Any Bird, Anywhere: Advanced Skills for Beginning Birders with Kristi Dranginis

  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm (Classroom Portion) & 5:45pm – 7:30pm (Field Portion at Reid Park)
  • $50/person, includes sandwich dinner from Beyond Bread

Have you reached a plateau with your birding skills? Maybe you are able to identify a handful of birds, but can’t really seem to get beyond the basics? If that’s the case, you’ll want to check out this innovative workshop to learn a unique approach to identifying and connecting with birds.  You won’t just hear cool tips about backyard birds, you’ll actually learn HOW TO LEARN about birds. Kristi Dranginis, founder of Bird Mentor and author of Identify Any Bird Anywhere will unveil “The Seven and a Half Questions to Bird Identification” that will catapult your bird loving skills and confidence after just a little practice. You will walk away with a solid set of new bird ID skills that you can start applying right away.

 

Sketching Birds with Saraiya Kanning

  • 9:30am – 11:30am
  • $20/person

Learn to sketch lifelike birds and use drawing as a way to grow your birding skills! No fancy tools needed, just pencil and paper. Limited to 10 participants. Art Materials: any pencil, unlined paper, and eraser (optional, preferred magic eraser or kneaded eraser).

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Friday, August 12

 

Nature Expo is Open with Festival Friends & Partners

  • 12:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Free—no need to register

Explore the festival’s Nature Expo after a morning (or day!) of birding. Check the “Big Boards” (birds and wildlife checklists) to see if you can mark off any new birds, snakes, or butterflies seen that day on your field trip and engage with our exhibitors and volunteers who are happy to share their expertise and hospitality with you.

 

Birding the Upper Peninsula: A birder’s year in the North Woods with Skye Haas

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Join Skye Haas as he describes the experiences of birding along the shores of Lake Superior and of the diverse array of birds that inhabit the ecotone that is the North Woods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Skye will talk about the dynamic migrations of raptors, waterbirds and passerines that are funneled along the extensive shoreline that comprises the majority of the Upper Peninsula’s border as well as the alluring boreal specialties such as Kirtland’s Warbler, Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee and Great Gray Owl, most of which are at the southern edge of their breeding and wintering ranges of this wild and beautiful land.

 

Innovative Lucy’s Warbler Nestbox Research with Olya Weekley

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Lucy’s Warblers are one of only two cavity-nesting warblers in United States and a species of Conservation Concern. Their breeding range is fairly small with the heart of it being in Arizona. This species is very understudied and previously unknown to use nestboxes, unlike other secondary cavity-nesters. Tucson Audubon has been studying Lucy’s Warbler nesting needs for the last 8 years using innovative techniques to design a nestbox style that they will readily use. Join Community Science Coordinator, Olya Weekley, to learn more about the process and what we have learned so far.

 

Introduction to Southeast Arizona Tyrant Flycatchers with Homer Hansen

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • $10/person

The largest family of birds in the world, Tyrant Flycatchers, includes an amazing diversity of species.  Flycatchers regularly pose identification challenges due to similar plumages and overlap with similar species range and habitat.  As part of this workshop, you will learn about useful characteristics and behaviors that aid in flycatcher identification.  This workshop places an emphasis on bill shape and size, wing length, and primary projection in relation to Tyranid genera and species identification.  This workshop will start with an overview of the family characteristic, and then cover flycatchers that might be seen during the festival.

 

The Scorpion Diversity of SoAZ—or what Scorpions Did Gadsden Purchase? with Kari McWest

  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Arizona is one of the world’s hot spots for scorpion diversity, especially SoAZ, the southern portion of Arizona that was included in the Gadsden Purchase. Join Kari as he discusses the rich diversity of scorpions of Arizona, concentrating on the area referred to as SoAZ and the Gadsden Purchase. This scenically beautiful, biologically and geologically diverse region is home to five scorpion families, ten genera, and at least half of Arizona’s nearly 60 described species, and a few undescribed.

 

A Field Guide to the Hummingbirds of Southeast Arizona with Rick Taylor

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • $10/person

With 17 documented species in recent history, SE Arizona hosts a wider variety of hummingbirds than any region of the United States.  Habitat preferences play a major role in creating this cornucopia of diversity and abundance.  Rick’s talk will cover the polychrome males, as well as identification clues that distinguish the females and immatures in this unique family. Afterwards Rick will be in the Nature Expo signing copies of his new field guide.

 

Festival Celebration in the Nature Expo

  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Free—no need to register

Drop by the Nature Expo for a chance to win some special door prizes and get an update on festival bird sightings. Rick Taylor, author of the new Birds of Arizona field guide, will be on hand for book signings. A cash bar will be on-site along with free appetizers.

 

The Exciting Night Life of Bats with Karen Krebbs

  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • 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. Afterwards you can join Karen to watch the bats head out for the night at a known roosting location about 15 minutes from the festival venue.

 

Birds and Brew sponsored by Beaumont & Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Spend an evening at the local brewery and enjoy some food and drink with your birding friends. Share your stories from recent bird trips and learn about new places to explore while drinking and eating–what could be better? Information on location to be given closer to event. Limited to 75 participants.

 

FULL EVENTS

Making the Most of the Birding Experience: A Guide to Holistic Birding with Lee Hoy of Wildside Nature Tours

  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Join Lee Hoy, OM-D Pro Ambassador, owner of Big Bend Birding and Photo Tours, and Wildside Nature Tour Photography Workshop Leader, for a humorous, inspirational, and challenging presentation designed to help you transition your birding to a more holistic and enjoyable experience. We will examine methods and mindsets designed to move you beyond simple bird identification and listing to expanding your views of both and developing a richer, deeper understanding of the birding experience. Lee has birded in 49 states, leads 15 to 20 Colima Warbler hikes a year, and worked on the PBS Nature Special “Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas.” He leads international and domestic photography workshops with some of his favorite destinations being Yellowstone in Winter, Amazon Riverboat Cruise, Big Bend National Park, and Newfoundland. This presentation is sure to make you laugh, make you reconsider some of your current assumptions about birding, and possibly even shed a tear.

 

Nature Journaling at Reid Park with Trenton Jung

  • 8:00am – 9:30am
  • $20/person

This workshop takes place at Reid Park. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is less than 5 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand.
Advance your birding by documenting your observations through nature journaling! Science illustrator, Trenton Jung, will introduce you to nature journaling skills by observing and journaling Tucson’s urban wildlife at Reid Park. Nature journaling is a great way for you to capture information through drawing and note-taking, develops your observational skills, and helps you create a visual database of your birding adventures. Limited to 10 participants. Art Materials: Medium, hardcover sketchbook/journal, Graphite Pencils, Pencil Sharpener, Eraser, Ballpoint Pen. Optional: Binoculars, Travel watercolor set, Toned paper sketchbook, Ruler, Colored Pencils, Micron Pen. Other things to bring:  Camping chair, Water bottle, Hat, Sunglasses.

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Saturday, August 13

 

Family Birding Day with the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival – FREE!

  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • 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!

Pajareando con la Familia en el Festival de aves del Sureste de Arizona ¡Este evento es Gratuito!

  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • 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!

 

Nature Expo is Open with Festival Friends & Partners

  • 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Free—no need to register

Explore the festival’s Nature Expo after a morning (or day!) of birding. Check the “Big Boards” (birds and wildlife checklists) to see if you can mark off any new birds, snakes, or butterflies seen that day on your field trip and engage with our exhibitors and volunteers who are happy to share their expertise and hospitality with you.

 

Birds & Animals at the Nature Expo

  • 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Free—no need to register

Festival partners, Reid Park Zoo and Arizona Game & Fish, will be on-site with a variety of birds and animals for close-up viewing and interpretation. Perfect wildlife viewing for kids—and adults!—and you’ll be in a comfortable air-conditioned room. Reid Park Zoo will be on-site from 10:00am – 1:00pm, and Arizona Game & Fish will be on-site from 10:00am – 5:30pm.

 

Art Workshop: A Splash of Color with Artist Christina Baal of Drawing 10,000 Birds

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • $20/person

This workshop takes place at The Drawing Studio. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 15 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand.

Birds are amazingly vivacious and colorful. Drawing and painting birds not only helps explore our emotional attachments to these winged wonders- it makes us better birders! This art workshop will explore how to overcome the anxiety of the blank page with fun, expressive drawing and watercolor painting techniques. Intended for beginners and intermediate artists, but all are welcome! Be prepared to get a little messy. Art Materials: paper, pencils, and watercolors. Limited to 20 people.

 

 

Panama: A Birding & Nature Paradise with Carlos Bethancourt

  • 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Free with Festival Registration

Panama, though scarcely the size of South Carolina, but perfectly positioned as a narrow land bridge between North and South America, is blessed with an incredible natural beauty and biodiversity second to none.  Over 1010 bird species, hundreds of mammals, reptiles & amphibians, and a staggering 10,000 plant species have been recorded here.  Join knowledgeable and entertaining Canopy Family senior guide Carlos Bethancourt on a photographic journey of the tropical birds, bizarre mammals, unusual reptiles & amphibians and spectacular habitats from the former Canal Zone of Panama, to the foothills of western Panama and into the wilds of the Darién lowlands in eastern Panama.  From toucans to hummingbirds, Panamanian Night monkeys, Kinkajou, Carlos will keep you spellbound with his stories of discovery and vivid images.  Come experience why Panama is indeed a birding and nature paradise!

 

Borderlands Jaguars with Mark Hart of Arizona Game & Fish

  • 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico are the only locations in the United States where jaguars have been sighted in the past twenty years.  In late 2016, two jaguars were present in the region, one in the Huachuca Mountains and the other in the Dos Cabezas. Earlier that year a video surfaced of a third jaguar in the Santa Rita Mountains. The video caused an international sensation, but that jaguar hasn’t been seen since. Although the Huachucas jaguar came to a bad end in Mexico, its return there was biologically significant. Meantime, the Dos Cabezas jaguar has persisted south of Willcox since.  This presentation will examine how the presence of these endangered species in the region pose unique challenges for wildlife and land managers, and how they have made even more popular among the general public trail camera technology.

 

Identifying Barriers to Youth Involvement in Conservation with Ruby Lenertz

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

As a high school student, Ruby encountered barriers to becoming more involved in conservation despite her desire and ability to do so. As a Youth Engagement Intern with Tucson Audubon, she sought to explore this issue by surveying 290 students from Tucson to examine and bring awareness to the most important barriers students face that prevent them from becoming involved in environmental conservation. She’ll discuss what she discovered and what steps conservation organizations can take to bring young people into the conversation.

 

How to Protect Birds at the Ballot Box with Conservation Advocate David Robinson

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Birders know the vital importance of having pro-bird, pro-environment policymakers in office. From legislation such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, to climate-change urgency vs. climate-change denial, to environmental justice for historically overburdened communities, the response to issues we care so deeply about depends overwhelmingly on elected officials and the people they appoint. And yet millions of environmentalists don’t consistently show up to the polls! In this interactive workshop, Tucson Audubon’s Conservation Advocate, David Robinson, will present the facts about environmentalists and voting, and will teach attendees how to take part in highly effective, nonpartisan efforts to turn inconsistent environmentalist voters into environmentalist super-voters in time for the upcoming midterms — all while having fun with fellow bird-lovers!

 

Hummingbird Photography Workshop with Stephen Vaughan

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • $10/person

Hummingbirds can flap their wings up to 80 times a second, which can present quite the challenge for a photographer. This is the perfect opportunity to learn the specialized techniques needed to create stunning images of hummingbirds. We will cover ambient light, fill-flash and high-speed flash photography techniques. Join professional nature photographer Steve Vaughan for this fantastic opportunity to experience the joys of photographing these flying jewels. You can email Steve at StephenHVaughan@Gmail.com if you have questions.

 

How to Misidentify the Birds with Rick Wright

  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Face it. Most birds, especially in North America north of Mexico, are easy to identify: just a matter of matching the right name to the feathered creature before us. There are exceptions, though, some of them right here in southeast Arizona. The local thrashers, female hummingbirds and orioles, and those devilish ravens can have birders tearing out their hair, especially those of us who get to see them only on our occasional late summer ornitho-pilgrimages. But it is precisely these birds we learn the most from—whether we get them right all the time or not. Join Rick Wright for a light-hearted but informative look at some of Arizona’s most challenging field identifications and the lessons to be learned in confronting them.

 

Mastering Bird Photography Workshop with Lee Hoy of Wildside Nature Tours

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • $10/person

Join Lee Hoy, OM-D Pro Ambassador, as he helps you understand how to master your autofocus settings, birds in flight settings, understand why mirrorless cameras are so beneficial for bird photography, and a list of simple tricks, tips, and techniques for improving your bird photography. This is designed for bird photographers of any skill level and with any camera gear/system.

 

Festival Celebration in the Nature Expo

  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Free—no need to register

This is the last hour of the festival Nature Expo! Prepare for your next birding adventure by talking with your favorite birding guides from around the world. You’ll have a chance to win some special door prizes and receive our final update on festival bird sightings before your last day of field trips. A cash bar will be on-site along with free appetizers.

 

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival Banquet & Culmination with special guest, Jennie MacFarland

  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • $60/person

Wrap up your festival experience with us as we celebrate more than just the new birds we’ve seen, but also the movement that birding is becoming—all over the world, and right here in Tucson. You’ll enjoy a delicious meal, visit with friends, and hear from special guest, Jennie MacFarland, Tucson Audubon’s Bird Conservation Biologist.

Jennie’s talk, “The Ties That Bind: How Birds Inspire Conservation and Community,” centers on how birds have captured our attention and wonder across millennia and cultures. Their flights and migrations are the core of legends, and their songs and plumages are metaphors of beauty and inspiration for art across the world. We are increasingly replacing their homes with our homes and therefore often find birds in our urban spaces. Many of our societal activities affect their lives and populations, but how do they affect us in return? Birds inspire awe in those who love them. How can we expand this community for the benefit of bird conservation?

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before August 1, 2022 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

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.