These are businesses (organized by type of service) that support Tucson Audubon as partners in our efforts to serve the community through conservation, education, and recreational programs.
If you are interested in making your business or organization a Birds & Business Alliance Member of Tucson Audubon, fill out an application or contact Erin Olmstead, (520) 629-0510, ext. 7009.
A Feathered Nest
(520) 398-9144 or cell phone, (520) 331-8649
9B Amado-Montosa Road
Amado, Arizona 85645
Welcome to "A Feathered Nest in Amado" Arizona. Our vacation/short term rental property is a fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom open concept southwestern styled home designed with comfort in mind. The walled in back yard patio features lush desert landscaping with seating areas to veiw birds in every season by day and a hot tub to enjoy the dark starry skies by night.
We are a short walk to the Santa Cruz River and DeAnza Trail. Bird watching opportunities are endless with sightings of resident and migrating birds throughout the seasons any where you look. If you wish to travel to other sights, we're a short drive to the Santa Rita Mountains to the east, Arivaca Lake to the west, Tubac, Tumacacori, Pena Blanca Lake and Nogales to the south and Green Valley and Tucson to the north.
Whether your stay is a night, a week, a month or more, let A Feathered Nest in Amado be your home away from home. Birds love it here and so will you!
Arizona Birder Casitas
Green Valley, AZ 520-332-4343
Arizona Birder Casitas offers affordable lodging for birders vacationing in Southeast Arizona. Its location in Green Valley, just south of Tucson, is convenient to Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains, one of the region's most popular birding and hiking areas. Our fully-furnished, one-bedroom condo offers a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and community pool. Visit in any season and rent our casita by the week or month. The quiet community is age-restricted, so one renter must be 55 or older. Go on Tucson Audubon's free field trips or head out on your own. There are so many things to do in the area that you'll want to return year after year. Caution: After a few vacations, you'll be moving here, as we did in 2009 (from New Hampshire). Please consider staying at our birder-friendly casita when you plan your trip to Tucson! ~Your hosts, John Munier and Dorothy Fitch
Bed & Bagels of Tucson
Tucson, AZ 520-603-1580
Tucson Audubon welcomes longtime member Sharon Arkin as a new business alliance member. Sharon is host of Bed and Bagels, an east side Tucson bed and breakfast with a special welcome mat for birders. With feeders, field guides, birding trip info (local and in Israel) and early morning "breakfasts to go," Sharon will enhance your birding experience and pamper you with homebaked treats and gourmet breakfasts. Guest computer, wifi, bikes, outdoor hot tub, kitchen and laundry facilities available for guest use. Discount for long stays and mention of Tucson Audubon. Pets and children welcome. www.bedandbagels.com. 520-603-1580.
The Casitas at Smokey Springs Ranch
1451 N. Smokey Springs
Tucson, AZ 85749
Enjoy one of the five lovely casitas on our 20-acre ranch which provides you with a beautiful, comfortable, and secluded home base while you tour Tucson and the Sonoran Desert. From your porch you can enjoy the birds and wildlife located right in your backyard. We are localted in the Tanque Verde Valley near the Wentworth springs, which is a lush riparian area and a birding destination with many species of birds and other wildlife.
Each casita is fully furnished with all the comforts of home including kitchens with coffee maker, microwave, gas stove, and outdoor Bar-B-Q. All casitas have high speed internet, satellite TV, DVD, heat, and AC. The Casitas have dining tables and some have breakfast bars. The bedrooms are cozy with down comforters on the beds and plush towels in each bathroom. On the private front and back patios you will enjoy wonderful views of the lush desert.
Down by the River Bed and Breakfast
2255 Efken Place (mail: P.O. Box 387)
Saint David, AZ 85630
Located on the San Pedro River at the northern end of the San Pedro National Riparian Conservation Area. At the end of the day, relax on the porch as the sun sets and watch the flocks of birds as they fly to their roosts for the night in the cottonwoods along the San Pedro River, while the background of Arizona hues in purple and pinks reflecting from Cochise's Stronghold grow stronger. Down By The River is a 15 acre property that borders the San Pedro River and is within sight of the northern end of the world famous San Pedro National Riparian Area.
Quailway Cottage is only 10 minutes from Cave Creek Canyon. Guests are afforded peace and solitude on nearly 80 acres. The 600 square-foot private cottage features all the amenities of home, including a fully furnished kitchen, full bath and laundry facilities. Relax on the covered back patio, overlooking a small wildlife pond and bird feeders. Chiricahua Mountains regional bird list is nearly 400 species!
350 South Freeway, Tucson, AZ 85745
The Riverpark Inn is a full service, AAA, 3-diamond hotel in a resort-like setting located within walking distance of the Tucson Convention Center. The hotel is just minutes from some of the best birding in urban Tucson, and Madera Canyon or Patagonia are easy daytrips. The 8-acre property, with 174 rooms (including five suites) on two floors, has everything you need to make your stay in Tucson a luxurious birding experience! Some of our best amenities include: the brand-new Terrace Café and Bar, complimentary full American breakfast each morning of your stay, free internet, Direct TV, microwave/ fridge in each room, outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, and much more! Pets are also welcome!
SPECIAL RATES FOR BIRDING ENTHUSIASTS AND EXCELLENT BIRDING JUST MINUTES FROM THE RIVERPARK INN!
Rancho Sierra Vista de Sasabe is a multi-use ranch located in the Altar Valley of south central Arizona.
Our vineyard uses no-till organic farming practices and supplies Arizona-grown grapes to Canelo Hills Winery.
The ranch is committed to restoring degraded riparian and wetland zones, replacing woody vegetation with native grasses, and conserving open space and sparing land from development and other land-use changes. The land is managed for long-term ecological and economic resilience.
Spirit Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast
3 Harshaw Creek Rd
Patagonia , AZ 85624
Partners Mary Jane Pottebaum and brothers Thomas and Joseph Bartholomeaux offer their guests a wonderful mix of relaxation, fine food, and easy access to some of southeast Arizona's best birding right outside of their door. The Spirit Tree Inn is located on 52 private acres and is just three miles from Patagonia , AZ and closer still to the Nature Conservancy's Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve. The Patagonia area has a rich history of ranching, mining, and railroading but is now better known as a haven for artists and a place where careful stewardship of the natural surrounding is the rule.
The Spirit Tree Inn offers only 6 guest rooms, 4 in the main house and the others in 2 outlying buildings, so you won't find yourself in this beautifully secluded place only to be crowded by others. You can fill your day with hiking, world-class birding, and quiet relaxation. Or take a day off to visit the growing group of local wineries or tour nearby Bisbee, Tombstone or Mexico. Most unusual, but refreshingly different, guests are welcome to bring and care for their own horses with advance arrangements (or Mary Jane can help you schedule a ride with nearby outfitters) and pets are accepted in the outer buildings based on the temperament of the animal.
There really is a Spirit Tree on property; a huge and fine old Fremont Cottonwood tree dominates the view from the main building. The sight of a cottonwood tree signals the presence of precious water to those who live in the southwest, pointing to an oasis where life could be sustained and spirits refreshed. The Spirit Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast offers that and more to today's modern traveler, we hope to see you there!
14066 SOUTH SUNGLOW ROAD | PEARCE, ARIZONA 85625
Sunglow Ranch is an intimate, hideaway guest ranch in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona offering guests comfortable lodging, inspired dining and a breadth of activities especially birding, hiking and star-gazing. Most of all, Sunglow Ranch provides guests with a unique, relaxed mountain setting with an amazing proximity to nature.
BIRDING AND TRAVEL
Adventure Birding Company
Latest trip reports and info: adventurebirding.blogspot.com
“Adventure Birding” is more than just the name of our small birding/natural history tour company—it's a way of life for our guides! We provide individualized private tours in scenic southeastern Arizona and Mexico , but also organize small group tours to these and other intriguing locales. No matter where we go, our entertaining and knowledgeable guides blend birding with natural and cultural history, geology, and geography for a comprehensive outdoor adventure.
Co-owners and lead guides Jake Mohlmann and John Yerger endeavor to provide the highest-quality guiding for birders of all skill levels: from those new to birding who want to see it all, to the most seasoned traveler seeking just one elusive life bird or prized photo. We can customize tours for individuals and groups of almost any size, and offer scheduled tours to the best, most diverse natural history hotspots. We work hard to minimize our impact on our fragile planet by offering environmentally-friendly travel opportunities, with the option of offsetting carbon emissions from your trip.
See our Alliance Member birding travel page for their current trips.
Guided bird walks and owling in Portal, AZ and Rodeo, NM
Peg Abbott, Narca Moore-Craig and other guides
Toll-free 866-900-1146 or 558-1146
Naturalist Journeys offers top birding and wildlife tours, and their travel destinations span the globe from Alaska to Argentina , the Arctic and Antarctica, with special tours to Eastern Europe, India and Africa. Tours typically range from 6 to 14 nights in length. They make every effort to work with community-owned lodges and to support local conservation where possible. The keystone of their tours is to offer a highly organized travel experience that preserves the element of the spontaneous which is so rare in group travel today.
We also offer private guiding for birding and hiking. Request full or half days in the Chiricahua Mountains from the Portal area of southeast Arizona and Rodeo, New Mexico. Call or email us for birding and owling schedules.
Ravens-Way Wild Journeys L.L.C.
RAVENS-WAY WILD JOURNEYS (RWWJ) is a unique Outdoor Environmental School based in southeastern Arizona. Founded in 1993 by Naturalist and Wildlife Biologist Vincent Pinto, RWWJ continues to bring a wide variety of experiential, Nature-based, and affordable programs to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Our classes strive to bring you closer to the Earth, while empowering you with the skills needed to make positive contributions to its health.
We offer a wide range of Naturalist-based experiences, including: Birding, Wildlife Safaris, Botany Expeditions, Wildlife Tracking, Ecological Restoration, and Astronomy. At RWWJ we feel that all of us must become competent, committed, and creative Naturalists in order to be the best possible stewards of the land.
Ravens-Way also specializes in Survival and Stone-age Skills, delving into our shared Hunter-Gatherer heritage in order to proceed wisely into the future. You can choose from a plethora of programs, including: Wilderness Survival, Wild Edible Plants, Fire-by-Friction, Stone-Age Tools, Natural Shelters, and Aboriginal Art. All of our classes can be experienced with modern comforts or in the resplendent beauty of a wilderness setting.
Many RWWJ programs are based at our two Nature Sanctuaries. Our 42-acre Lake Patagonia retreat, Raven's Nest, has a variety of amenities, including a large Nature Center, while our 50+ acre Chiricahua land, Raven's Mountain, houses an authentic Stone-age encampment. Both areas contain many miles of Nature trails for your explorations.
Join us and experience the Way of the Raven - Wild, Mysterious, Powerful, and Free!
Rockjumper Birding Tours
Adam Riley, PO Box 13972, Cascades 3202
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg, KZN 3202
Tel (USA & Canada toll-free): 1-888-990-5552
+27 33 394 0225
Rockjumper Birding Tours was launched during the International Ornithological Congress held in Durban, South Africa in 1998. Since then, their team of highly experienced bird guides have successfully arranged and guided hundreds of birding tours spanning the African and Asian Continents and Madagascar. Over 3,500 species have been recorded in this region during the course of their tours. Rockjumper Birding Tours epitomizes professional bird guides, smaller groups, solid value for the money and a long-established reputation.
Solipaso Tours/El Pedregal Nature Lodge
Solipaso is a small birding and natural history tour company based in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, owned and operated by David and Jennifer MacKay. They personally research, organize and run all of their tours and specialize in high quality, fun, small group birding and natural history trips throughout Mexico. Some of the locations they run trips to include Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Colima/Jalisc, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Yucatan and Chiapas (coming soon). Beyond the scheduled dates for their various trips, they also specialize in doing custom trips.
The MacKays have lived and worked in Mexico for 15 years and enjoy sharing their love and knowledge of the country with their guests. Jennifer and David have a background in active travel with an emphasis in high customer service. Originally from the Bay Area, they migrated to Mexico in search of an alternative lifestyle. They landed in Alamos and began to explore the environs. David is a self taught birder, loves being out in the field and showing people lots of birds, all the while having a good time. His sense of humor makes every day a good day. David has deep knowledge of birds and the culture of regions in which we travel. Jennifer runs the show in Alamos and occasionally gets out into the field. She manages Solipaso trips and is also an accomplished cook (meals at their place in Alamos are a highlight for our guests), yoga teacher and is involved with several charities in Alamos. David and Jennifer have raised their two daughters, Salina and Elly, in Alamos.
Solipaso is the birding tour end of their business. They have also recently opened El Pedregal Nature Lodge and Retreat Center. They have five luxury casitas and a central lodge set on 20 acres at the edge of the town of Alamos.
See our Alliance Member birding travel page for their current trips.
Definitely not your average company, Tropical Birding has guides and offices based in different continents with young, enthusiastic, well trained guides. They keep their group sizes small (only eight on tours that spend significant time in enclosed forest habitats where silence is vital to seeing secretive species) and they offer guaranteed departures on their Ecuador tours. No more having your tour cancelled because it didn't fill. This means even if you are the only one booked, the trip proceeds as planned with just you and your personal guide!
Tropical Birding also believes in giving something back for the privilege of birding in exotic locations and donates about 20% of its profits each year to conservation, especially to local land purchases in areas where they work. This can buy a lot of land in Ecuador but won't have the same impact in the US where land values are higher. But this company has a truly global plan to link bird tourism to bird conservation.
See our Alliance Member birding travel page for their current trips.
WINGS Birding Tours Worldwide
866 547 9868 toll free US + Canada, 520 320 9868
WINGS Birding Tours Worldwide – and its U.K. subsidiary, Sunbird Tours – offers more than 100 birdwatching trips each year to destinations in 80 countries spanning six continents. Based in Tucson, WINGS has been at the forefront the industry since 1973.
Among our world-renowned birding guides are Jon Dunn, Steve Howell, Paul Lehman, Susan Myers, Rick Wright, and Tucson residents Gavin Bieber, Rich Hoyer, Jake Mohlmann, and Will Russell.
WINGS leaders are also well qualified and broadly proficient in natural history and other fields. Many of our tours combine birdwatching with other pursuits: art, music, theater, history, and different aspects of natural history. Several tours are aboard cruise ships.
In Tucson, our staff – Matt Brooks, Greg Greene, Kathi McIvor and Liz Payne – organize and manage the array of our small-group and private tours, ensuring efficient logistics, solid value, and above all, a first-rate experience for birders of all levels and interests. www.wingsbirds.com
Leica Sport Optics
Maker of legendary lenses, Leica is a 163 year old German optics manufacture. Leica Sport Optics produces binoculars, spotting scopes, and digiscoping products of exceptional quality and durability that are superbly suited to the needs of avid birders. Keenly aware of the issues that concern birds and birders, Leica is pleased to support the work of Tucson Audubon Society.
We love birding and appreciate all that the Tucson Audubon Society does for the birding community and Tucson. At Associated Benefit Specialists, Inc. we are a full service customer service independent agency. We provide all our customers with an annual benefit and cost analysis of your employee health benefit program. Should you not have a current employee benefit program in place, we will provide a market search and assist you with budgeting expectations. We will service your office personnel with the day-to-day operations of your employee benefit plans and service your employee's questions and concerns about the benefit program. Having more than 20 years experience in the health insurance industry, we will provide your company with the expertise of seasoned professionals. Quality Service is commitment.
534 N 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705
Our staff and volunteers in the main office can tell you how delicious everything is since owner, Tony Vaccaro, is always willing to provide ‘ZA and gelato' every time we call on him! In addition to great pie, Brooklyn Pizza Company also offers pasta, calzones, sandwiches and salad. Be sure to check out their website (above) for a complete menu and coupons you can download, or give them a call at 622-6868. But don't just take our word for it; read what the professionals have to say:
“The soul of a genuinely scrumptious Brooklyn-style pizza doesn't reside in fancy gimmicks or a host of bizarre toppings. The key to a New York pie is an obsessive devotion to ingredients of the highest quality and consummate freshness.When tossed together, the result is magnificent.”
—Rebecca Cook, Tucson Weekly: Brooklyn Pizza Company Pie A-Plenty
“Hold everything, transplanted New Yorkers! There may not be any reason to visit those sorry relatives still on the East Coast this summer, because the only thing you truly like about the Big Apple has shown up on Fourth Avenue—Brooklyn Pizza Company, 534 N. Fourth Ave., would make its namesake borough proud.”
—Raina Wagner. The Arizona Daily Star
Cox Communications Arizona
http://www.cox.com/arizonaCox Communications is the third largest cable provider and a multi-service broadband communications company serving nearly 3 million residential and business product subscribers in Arizona (a product subscriber represents an individual service purchased by a customer). In the metro Phoenix, Cox serves approximately 2.5 million product subscribers. In Southern Arizona, Cox serves approximately 400,000 product subscribers. Cox's 18,000-mile hybrid fiber coaxial cable network throughout Phoenix and Southern Arizona provides homes and businesses with digital television, high speed Internet, home networking, high-definition television and digital telephone service over its own nationwide IP network. During the past four years, Cox has topped 10 J.D. Power and Associates' studies of customer satisfaction. Cox Media is responsible for the sale of cable advertising throughout Arizona. Cox Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc and serves approximately 6 million customers nationwide and wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel. Additional information about Cox in Arizona is available at www.cox.com/arizona.
If you are looking for a real estate agent who speaks both business and birds, look no further than Kimberlyn Drew. Kimberlyn is a longtime member of Tucson Audubon and has been an avid birder since she met her now-husband, Andy Moore, over ten years ago. She is also active with the Arizona Native Plant Society and has been known to volunteer to pull cheatgrass for the Forest Service in the Santa Catalinas.
With an MBA from the University of Arizona and an avid interest in the environment, she is the perfect person to help you sell your home and find the right home to fit your needs. Want a home near a green belt with lots of native vegetation for Pyrrhuloxia and Phainopepla? How about one near a wetland for ducks and herons or maybe near desert cliffs for Canyon Wren and towhees? While she can’t guarantee avian visitors she does guarantee an understanding of and appreciation for your interests and priorities. And best of all, when you go out with her as your agent, you’d better bring your binoculars!
Farmers Investment Co.
For more than six decades, Farmers Investment Co. (FICO) has farmed in the Santa Cruz River valley south of Tucson. In this time, this family farm has become the world's largest integrated grower and processor of pecans.
Dick and Nan Walden, the owners of FICO, affirmatively embrace the responsibility of being stewards of the land and believe it is now more important than ever.
The Waldens are leaders in sustainable farming and have implemented state-of-the-art irrigation technologies to conserve water. They also are making investments so that they and other regional water users are able to utilize renewable water supplies to reduce groundwater pumping.
Because of their commitment to the land and the community, the Waldens are engaged in long-term planning for the future of their property. They are taking these steps with the understanding that future uses embody the broader community goals of sustainable growth and economic opportunity for both current and future residents.
Are you on a path to financial independence? When planning for your financial future you want to enlist the help of professionals you can trust. At Financial Architects, Certified Financial Planners™ James P. Walker and Brienne L. Dylewski are committed to helping individuals and businesses build financial futures that meet their personal and professional goals. As independent planners, they are truly able to work in the best interest of their clients on everything from retirement planning to wealth management to college savings. In business for more than 35 years, Financial Architects enjoys a solid reputation for providing expert financial advice and investment and insurance services to help clients reduce taxes and achieve financial independence.
If you would like to schedule a complimentary appointment please call 884-7550. Partial list of Services & Products: Business Retirement Plans, Business Insurance Planning, Employee Benefit Planning, Estate Planning, Private Portfolio Management, Mutual Funds, Annuities, 529 College Savings Plans and Long-Term Care Insurance.
Ph: 884-7550. Website: www.financial-architects.com. Securities and advisory services through KMS Financial Services, Inc.
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold (Sierrita Operations)
We proudly support the Tucson Audubon Society in its efforts to connect people with the environment by providing education, conservation, and recreation programs, as well as environmental leadership and information.
2421 S 34th Place Tucson, AZ 85713
GeoInnovation LLC is a privately owned and operated small business in Tucson AZ. Established in 2004, GeoInnovation, LLC specializes in the integration of photovoltaic systems on homes and businesses with the goal of improving our environment through the reduction of green house gases. We are committed to excellence by installing U.S. products of the highest quality. Call us for a quote today!
Hughes Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 11900 Tucson
Hughes Federal Credit Union has been serving Arizona since 1952. We've been providing members with many of the same products, services and conveniences as other financial institutions, but at reduced costs and increased savings for our members.
The Living Fence offers natural ocotillo fencing to enhance the artistry of your desert landscaping, creating an appealing barrier between your yard and unwanted critters. Living Fence blooms with exquisite orange blossoms after each desert rain and will provide many years of gorgeous blooms. Our staff is knowledgeable and friendly and we aim to make each of our customers happy with their new fencing.
The Living Fence can be installed over existing fencing to spruce up the look of the old or installed as new fencing. It is easy to install for the do-it-yourselfer or we can provide installation. Available year round, the Living Fence can be purchased and installed at any time. When the desert rains begin the fence will begin to bloom with small green leaves and gorgeous orange blossoms at the tips of the canes.
Contact The Living Fence today at 520.795.5300 to place your order and bring the natural beauty of the desert to your home!
Merrill Lynch advisors take a dynamic and individualized approach to helping clients address their financial needs. One that combines knowledge, experience, and a deep understanding not just of a client's goals and objectives, but of their lives, family, interests and passions. It's an approach basedon "know-how" and "know-you," reflecting the Merrill Lynch philosophy of working closely with clients to help them live the lives they want and plan for the future.
Financial advisor Lori Pascarella focuses on helping a select group of individuals and retirees to manage all aspects of their financial lives, from implementing tax-efficient strategies for concentrated stock positions to retirement and educational planning. Lori has been in the financial services industry since 1998 and with Merrill Lynch since 2007, making it her goal to add value through a strong client-advisor relationship and by providing each client with access to the best financial resources available in the marketplace.
Pima Federal Credit Union
3730 N. Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705, 887-5010
Pima Federal Credit Union...a place to flourish.
WHO WE ARE
At Pima Federal Credit Union, we believe money is more than just a financial reward; it is the means to create emotionally rewarding experiences for you and your loved ones: a more joyful holiday, a more relaxing vacation, happiness, relief, security...fulfillment. Here, it's not a financial transaction, it's a human interaction. It's more than being good with money, it's being good with people. We're not simply opening new accounts, we're opening minds to new possibilities. A place to restore values, reignite hopes, rejuvenate spirites, redefine banking.
Since 1982, Sundance Press has specialized in the printing and mailing of short run, special-interest magazines, newsletters and any type of saddle-stitched publications.
Founded on the philosophy of providing “big publisher” service and quality to small publishers, Sundance's special expertise has built its business and attracted customers from across the U.S.
“Due to our specialization, we usually can help our clients save money,” explains Steve Rhynard, Sundance Press VP/General Manager, “but the hidden value of our service is that we stay on top of the latest desktop publishing programs, digital/computer technology and the ever-changing postal regulations to keep everything as simple and easy as possible for our publishing customers.”
Any publisher or association serving a base of 1,000 to 15,000 subscribers or members can benefit from talking to Sundance Press. “We invite anyone's questions and hope we can become a valuable resource for them,” states Gene Mandish, Sundance Press Customer Service Manager. “Just send us printing specifications,” adds Jim Brush, Sundance Press Sales Manager, “and we'll quickly reply with our estimates.”
Sundance Press is proud to be the printer of the Tucson Audubon Society's Vermilion Flycatcher membership magazine. Call them at 622-5233, or from outside the Tucson area at 1-800-528-4827. Also visit Sundance Press online at www.sundancepress.com.
Tucson Electric Power
COMMITTED TO CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIPS
TEP collaborates with community organizations to balance the demands of a growing population with conserving the Sonoran Desert. Our portfolio of environmental partnerships and commitment to conservation has diversified and strengthened with time.
The Raptor Protection Program, an innovative partnership with the University of Arizona, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and others is now a nationally recognized model, seeking to protect raptors from fatal encounters with electrical equipment. TEP sends its customers quarterly environmental billing inserts focused on the dangers of feeding wildlife, and of buffelgrass, and the importance of protecting desert tortoises and reporting raptor nest sites.
Our H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station has been home to 60 pairs of burrowing owls since 2005 following a call for help from AZGFD; our volunteers built nest sites for owls displaced by development in Maricopa County. The station also partners with Civano Nursery, producing about 500 cubic yards of organic compost each week for eight months each year. TEP provides the nursery with land, electricity, run- off water from the power plant, and 420 tons of green waste from power line corridors. The compost yard also serves as a temporary home for trees salvaged from construction sites. This is one example of how TEP is committed to reducing waste through innovative recycling efforts.
Our support for Trees for Tucson has led to the planting of more than 53,500 trees. The program enables residents in TEP’s service area to purchase up to two drought- resistant, five gallon trees for $6 each. By providing shade, these trees help reduce energy consumption in homes and businesses, and make Tucson a more beautiful place. They also absorb carbon dioxide, provide habitat for wildlife and reduce soil erosion from storm water runoff and wind. In October 2007 TEP managed a community-wide Make a Difference Day project to plant 1,015 trees in neighborhoods, schools and parks. This nationally recognized day of service publicized the importance of planting native trees, galvanized nearly 900 volunteers and raised more than $50,000 in contributions for Habitat for Humanity neighborhoods and parks.
TEP recycles metals from its equipment and oil removed from its generation and distribution equipment whenever possible. Our parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation, has sponsored the Nature Conservancy’s statewide eco-planning for more than a decade.
Our contributions to environmental organizations and educational programs have totaled nearly one million dollars in the last five years. In the last few months we have expanded our incentives for adopting renewable technology, including the solar panels that can be seen at the Reid Park Zoo’s new Environmental Learning Center, which carries platinum- level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. TEP offers a variety of Bright Solutions to address the opportunities and challenges and we face in our community including green energy, charitable organization support, energy efficiency, and economic development. Please visit www.tep.com to learn more about our programs. Together, we make a powerful difference in our communities’ well- being.
TEP Community Relations Director
The MTCVB is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Tucson area as a convention, visitor and film production destination. It is financially supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, the Town of Oro Valley and more than 600 individual and business partners.