ONE DAY WORKSHOPS IN 2014
EAT MESQUITE! AND OTHER DESERT TREATS!
Interested in harvested your mesquite pods? How about the other bean trees- ironwood and paloverde, saguaro fruit, barrel cactus, cholla buds, wild greens and herbs? We’ll have harvested mesquite beans and flours on hand TO OFFER YOU TASTINGS OF soups, drinks, sauces and more, as well as samplings of earlier harvest foods. WE'LL SHARE OUR fearless experimentation and sun-loving, low-energy methods to prepare the desert’s nutritious treats, AS WELL AS wise rainwater harvesting examples to regenerate your landscape. WE THINK YOU'LL come away with increased appreciation for the generous, spiny land we call home. We look forward to sharing BTF’s mission and traditions with you!
Workshop instructor: Barbara Rose, Bean Tree Farmer and Desert Harvester Volunteer
Date and Time: January 25, 2014; 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Bean Tree Farm, Marana, AZ
Click here to register today! Participation limited to 20.
AN INTRODUCTION TO DESERT BIRDING FOR TEACHERS
Are you a K–8 teacher interested in getting your students outside next spring and learning about birds? Doris Evans, a retired TUSD teacher and environmental educator, will present a workshop that will:
- Give basic information about birds and birding with a focus on our common desert birds found in your schoolyard, neighborhood, and city parks.
- Discuss binoculars and how to use themIntroduce you to the birding kits available at Tucson Audubon
- Help you develop a curriculum for your class
- Take a bird walk around Tucson Audubon’s Nature Center
- Provide bird-related hands-on activities
All workshop participants will receive an online copy of Desert Birding in Arizona with a Focus on Urban Birds: A Curriculum Guide for Elementary Grades.
Workshop Instructor: Doris Evans
Date and Time: Saturday, February 15, 2014; 8:00am–Noon
Location: Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center
Click here to register today! Participation limited to 25.
BEYOND BIRDING: EXPLORATIONS OF THE LAND ETHIC
This workshop explores the concept of the land ethic as it applies to birding, conservation, and our own lives. Through compelling activities indoors and out, participants will hone observation skills, broaden their landscape vision, and reflect on their own personal land ethic. Whether as a bird watcher, a general nature enthusiast, educator, or a field biologist, we can all benefit from deepening our understanding of the land ethic and examining how that contributes to conservation.
This workshop aims to:
- Develop and refine our ability to read the landscape
- Encourage us to go beyond species identification and seek relationships
- Engage us in a dialogue about environmental values
- Explore the concept of the land ethic
- Define and deepen our personal land ethic
- Promote responsible actions in conservation
Trica Oshant Hawkins, Co-Founder and Education Director of the Environmental Education Exchange, Board Member of the Arizona Wilderness Coalition, Leopold Education Project Facilitator, and Environmental Studies Master’s student.
Date and Time: March 29, 2014; 9:00am - Noon
Location: Tucson Audubon's Mason Center
Click here to register today! Participation limited to 15.
All specialty workshops take place over the course of two days. In the workshop summaries below, the first date listed is the day of the classroom session and the second date listed is the field trip outing. The cost for all specialty workshops is $110 for members and $145 for non-members. All classroom sessions take place on Thursdays (unless otherwise noted) from 5:30pm – 8:30pm in the conference room of the Historic Y building on University and 5th (See parking map). All field trips are on Saturdays from 7:00 am - 5:00 pm. Transportation to the field trip sites is the responsibility of the participant; carpooling is highly recommended. Workshops are limited to 10 participants.
2014 SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS
All Specialty Workshops are taught by Homer Hansen, Director of Wings over Willcox
Sparrows: February 6 & 8, 2014
Often skulky and elusive, these “little brown jobs” are often overlooked in the field. As part of this workshop, you will learn how to find and observe sparrows in their preferred habitat. Useful foraging behaviors and flight characteristics are presented by genera and vocalizations for breeding species are reviewed. The significance of bill shape and size, wing length and tail length are all discussed in relation to identification. This workshop covers 34 species of sparrows, towhees, and longspurs that may be found in the southwest.
Raptors: February 13 & 15, 2014
A favorite among birdwatchers, raptors impress us with their size and speed. Though there are not many species of raptors, identification challenges arise from variations in their plumages due to age, sub-species or color morphs. In this workshop, you will learn to recognize species apart from their plumages and learn behaviors that aid in their identification. The importance of a raptor’s wing shape and its influence on flight and behavior and other physiological features will be presented. This workshop covers 28 species of raptors that can be found in the southwest.
Birding by Ear: April 17 & 19, 2014
Learn to use your ears as much as (if not more than) your eyes while birding your favorite destinations. This class will delve into the world of bird vocalizations and give you a framework for learning the voices of our master singers. The evening classroom session will introduce you to sonograms and vocalization types, as well as work on comparisons between similar sounding Arizona species. The field trip will give students a chance to use these skills in the field. Vocalizations will be recorded and brought back to the classroom to analyze.