The Month of April
Birdathon 2014 | Bird for the Birds
The fun of bird watching (spring migration!) meets support for bird conservation during Birdathon. Choose a day to be your Birdathon, and go out birding with your team. See how many species you can spot in a day. Gather support from friends and family for your Birdathon. Afterwards, we all celebrate and win great prizes!
Start your team today at tucsonaudubon.org/birdathon
April 14, 2014; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Martha's Flight into the Future: The Story -- and Surprising Lessons -- of the Last Passenger Pigeon
with Christopher Cokinos, Associate Professor of English, Affiliated Faculty, Institute of the Environment, UofA
Living With Nature Lecture in TUCSON. How can a species go from being the most abundant land bird on the planet to having just one individual left alive at the Cincinnati Zoo in the course of just over a century? 2014 is the centennial of the death of Martha, the world's last passenger pigeon. In this talk, naturalist and author Christopher Cokinos will tell the story of the species, its last confirmed wild individual (a bird named Buttons) and, of course, the story of Martha. In looking at the transformation of attitudes toward this and other endangered wildlife, Cokinos will vivify the development of the 20th century conservation ethic and discuss the need for environmental memory, even as he concedes memory alone is not enough to guide our actions in a time of fast-moving environmental change. Though passenger pigeons fly only in our minds, their passage can help us frame our choices for the future. Photo credit: John Ruthvan
April 15--May 15
Tucson Bird Count - 14th Annual
The spring count of the Tucson Bird Count is here and birders are needed to fill in remaining routes! Any birder that can readily identify the birds of Tucson is invited to adopt a route to survey. It only takes one morning of your choice between April 15--May 15 to conduct 5 minute counts at each of the stops along your route. Many of the routes are in urban Tucson and don't require any hiking, you can easily drive from point to point. Other routes are in more natural areas and some points on the route do require some hiking. There are even a few routes that are only hiking.
April 19--Saturday 9:00 AM, optional bird walk: 7:30 AM
eBird Is For eVeryone workshop
Did you know you can keep track of your personal bird records online and share them with the birding community, all the while contributing to science and conservation efforts? Jennie MacFarland (IBA Program Conservation Biologist) will introduce you to eBird, give you tips on how to make your entries as useful as possible, show you what it can do for you as a birder, and teach you how to get started. The workshop will also provide tips for more seasoned eBird users such as how to farm the data to obtain specific information about a state, county, or a rare bird report.
See details or sign up
April 26--Saturday 7:00 AM
See patagoniaaz.com/event/5th-annual-earthfest-patagonia for details.
San Pedro River Festival
This one-day festival celebrating the last free-flowing river of the southwest will feature bird watching, nature and history exhibits, and information on sustainable farming and ranching. There will also be special tours of private conservation areas that you can sign up for from 7am on. Most of the ecologically richest portions of the San pedro River are on private land and this is a rare opportunity to visit these habitats and see why this area has been designated "one of the last great places!"
For more info visit http://discovercoppercorridor.org/san-pedro-riverfest/
Santa Cruz Nature and Heritage Festival
This is a fun filled, educational, multiple day event which allows the participants the opportunity to customize their choice of options to fit their interests. Offered are a variety of fully guided birding tours, nature walks, historical and cultural tours. Also scheduled is a variety of on site classes for participants to choose from, offering them the opportunity to learn from local and state experts on issues ranging from history, local culture and nature topics. Also included in the Festival will be offering a Gala Dinner Event showcasing Santa Cruz County's famous hospitality. Held at the Esplendor Resort, Rio Rico, Arizona.