Come join us as Tucson Audubon, the Friends of Ironwood Forest, and the Tortolita community celebrate our 12th Ironwood Festival on International Migratory Bird Day!
Our desert habitats are quite delicate: many of the plants and animals living here live close to their limits for water and temperature stress. The effects of the drought on our cacti are becoming particularly apparent this year, especially after our recent hard freeze. Plan now to renew your acquaintance with our Ironwood-Saguaro habitats - enjoy a day of celebrations May 14th at Tucson Audubon's Mason Center, located at the SW corner of Thornydale and Hardy.
Saturday, May 14, 8.00 am -- 1.30 pm
First bird walk at 7.00 am
Meet new friends and neighbors and learn about birds, habitats, and sustainability: how to tread gently on our fragile lands. We'll have presentations on birds, reptiles and other critters geared at adults, while our young ecologists, the Sunnyside Audubon Student Urban Naturalists (SASUN) help organize a program for kids from 8.30am through 1.30pm. A wide range of environmental organizations will have interactive activities, including live birds, and we'll have a spectacular used book sale focused on natural history titles. Enjoy lunch, relax with your friends, and listen to live music mid-day and later in the evening. Begin your day early with a demonstration of bird banding and some early morning bird walks on the trail. Learn about efforts to safeguard habitats and wildlife linkages in the region.
Program details (check back for changes)
7.00 am Bird Walk with Jim Gessaman
8.00 am Tabling events begin
9.00 am Bird Walk with Jim Gessaman
Book signings in the Tucson Audubon Nature Shop on site. With Ken Lamberton: Dry River.
Two simultaneous presentation programs run 8.30 am through 1.30 pm
Adult focused theme
8:30 | Natural History of Ironwood National Monument | Young Cage, Friends of Ironwood Forest
9:30 | Archaeology and the cultures of Arizona | Allen Dart, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center
10:30 | Migratory birds of the Ironwood forest | Paul Green, Tucson Audubon
11:30 | Conserving the legacy of the Sonoran Desert and Arizona | Carolyn Campbell, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection
12:30 | Monsters, vipers, and toads | Ed Moll, Tucson Herpetological Society
Kids and family presentations:
8:30 | Sunnyside Audubon Student Urban Naturalists present.
9:30 | Live Reptiles | Ed Moll, Tucson Herpetological Society
10:30 | Pantomine Theatre: Rumpelpigskin and the Magic Mesquite Beans | Tohono Chul Park’s Desert Players
11:30 | Live birds | Wildlife Rehabilitation in NW Tucson
12:30 | Pantomine Theatre: Rumpelpigskin and the Magic Mesquite Beans | Tohono Chul Park’s Desert Players.
Kids story telling, all morning.
Organizations that will be represented include:
ARIZONA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY • BEAN TREE FARM • BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT—IRONWOOD FOREST NATIONAL MONUMENT • CITIZENS FOR SOLAR • COALITION FOR SONORAN DESERT PROTECTION • DESERT DWELLERS • DESERT HARVESTERS • FRIENDS OF THE IRONWOOD FOREST • ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION EXCHANGE (E3) • IMAGINE GREATER TUCSON • OLD PUEBLO ARCHAEOLOGY CENTER / ARIZONA HUMANITIES COUNCIL • PIMA COUNTY PARKS AND REC • SONORAN ARTHROPODS STUDIES INSTITUTE (SASI) • SUNNYSIDE AUDUBON STUDENT URBAN NATURALISTS (SASUN) • SUSTAINABLE TUCSON • TEP • THE LOCAL TRUST • TREES PLEASE! • TOHONO CHUL’S DESERT PLAYERS • TUCSON AUDUBON NATURE SHOPS • TUCSON HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY • TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS • TUCSON WATER • WATERSHED MANAGEMENT GROUP • WILDLIFE REHABILITATION IN NW TUCSON
Starting at 5.00 pm Ironwood Jam: Music under the Stars
Take a siesta and come back for our Ironwood Jam in the evening to listen to live local music and enjoy local beverages as you talk with friends under a starlit and cooling night sky just a couple of days before full moon. So come for an hour, or come all day --- surprise yourself with what you learn about our desert while having a great time!
FEATURING STILL CRUISIN’, one of Tucson’s hottest dance bands, with Special Guests Greg Morton & Duncan Stitt. On stage from 7.00pm through 10.00pm. See stillcruisinband.vpweb.com
OPENING BY Ray of Hope Band, 60s & 70s Rock, Folk, Blues. 5.00pm through 6.30pm. See rayofhopeband.com
ON SALE: Local Magpie's pizza, local Double Check Ranch grass-fed beef burgers, local Thunder Canyon Brewery Beer, Wine, Soda & Water
BRING: Cup for your chosen beverage, Chair (if you need to sit), and Dancing Shoes (should you care to dance)
Where: Tucson Audubon's Mason Center
When: Saturday, May 14, 8.00 am–1.30 pm; first bird walk at 7.00 am
Ironwood Jam in the evening from 5.00pm
Cost: The Ironwood Festival is Free! The evening Ironwood Jam has a $5.00 gate fee