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Living With Nature Monthly Program

Tucson Audubon's Living With Nature Monthly Programs entertain, inform, and educate. Expert guest speakers give timely presentations on birds, birding, and habitat conservation and other environmental issues that affect the health of birds. These free educational programs are open to the public, all are welcome! No reservation is necessary in Tucson and Green Valley. You must RSVP for the Oro Valley talk at 520-622-6014.

SEE THE FULL 2016-2017 season schedule  or scroll down to see upcoming talks


Success at Season Kickoff!

Ken_Lamberton_Alison_Hawthorne_Deming_Executive_Director_Karen_Fogas_Richard_SheltonWords on Water: A Literary Celebration of the San Pedro launched this year's Living with Nature, our free public series. Some of Tucson’s nationally-recognized authors, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ken Lamberton, and Richard Shelton offered readings inspired by their passion for the San Pedro River and its surroundings. 85 people attended this follow-up to our June event, Storytelling on the San Pedro, which drew nearly 200. These events are designed to build awareness about serious issues affecting the San Pedro River and its rich bird life.

Attendees viewed art work by the San Pedro River Arts Council whose members live throughout Cochise County and for whom the river is an inspiration.


We welcomed new members Dale Sakahara, Noreen Doyle, Linda and Harry Stacy, and volunteers, Tom Richardson and Pauline Loftus.

Congratulations to Dorothy Johnson, the raffle winner of the Squirrel Buster Bird Feeder!

Special thanks to Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market for providing platters of food.

Your collective support and your voice give weight and gravitas to our conservation and advocacy efforts on behalf of significant issues like preserving the Southwest’s last major free-flowing river. If you wish to learn more about why membership matters, please click here.

Photo credits: Joanna Strohn


TUCSON - September through May (none in December, see Holiday Potluck), usually the second Monday of the month, 6:00-6:30pm- social time, 6:30-7:30pm-program.
Tucson lectures are held at the Pima Community College Downtown Campus in the Amethyst Room, 1255 N. Stone Ave. See updated map See map  

January 23, 2017
A Love Affair with Hummingbirds! with Karen Krebbs
Conservation Biologist Karen Krebbs will entertain you with hummingbird facts and fun! Karen has been studying hummingbirds for 30 years and will share her knowledge on hummingbird identification, entertaining behavior, nesting biology, and ways to attract these tiny jewels to your garden and home. Arizona is home to an exciting diversity of hummingbird species and these small energetic pollinators will make you smile and laugh!"


GREEN VALLEY - November through April, first Saturday of the month, 10:00--11:00 am
In Green Valley, the lectures are held at Green Valley Recreation's Desert Hills Social Center, 2980 Camino del Sol. See map

February 4
Raptor Migration in Central and Southeastern Arizona
with Laura McHugh

Migrating raptors are known to use "leading lines" (topographic features such as mountain ranges and coastlines) to help guide migration. The mountain ranges in central and southeastern Arizona are regarded as a potential flyway for migrating raptors because they are oriented from northwest to southeast. In this talk, Laura will discuss the drivers behind migration and why raptors use certain flyways. She will share her own research and findings from monitoring the mountain ranges and rivers in central and southeastern Arizona. She will also discuss the conservation implications wind farms have on migrating raptors.


ORO VALLEY -  Saturdays, 12:00--1:00pm
In Oro Valley, the lectures are held at WNPA Western National Parks Association 12880 N Vistoso Village Dr. See map
Please RSVP to 520.622.6014 as space is limited to 60 seats per lecture.

January 21, 2017

Where does your water come from? with Kristine Uhlman
Groundwater is the source of water supply in the Tucson basin; beginning with the tectonic forces that have built the basin to the ancient climate that filled the aquifer, this presentation is an introduction to understanding where your water comes from.  Research from the University of Arizona and the US Geological Survey is compiled into graphics that depict the hydrologic cycle, from groundwater recharge to well water extraction, with explanations as to the fate and transport of drinking water contaminants such as arsenic and nitrate.  Treatment options to assure safe drinking water quality will also be discussed.  This presentation is a companion to the book, “Arizona Well Owners’ Guide to Water Supply”, a publication of the University of Arizona.

SEE THE FULL 2016-2017 season schedule