Today the Sky Islands Birding Cup – a twelve hour bird-a-thon – takes place as part of the festival.
From Arizona Public Media about the festival:
“We are planning a full weekend of activities, family friendly, free stuff, birding field trips,workshops, live animal exhibits,” says Erin Olmstead, who is coordinating the festival coordinator for the Tucson Audubon Society. “It’s really about celebrating the diversity of the Sky Islands in the Tucson region.”
The festival will draw participants from over 17 states and overseas. The Tucson area’s unusual landscape and environment is one of the factors that the Tucson Audubon Society says will bring visitors to the festival.
“One of the things that makes Southern Arizona unique is you basically have the meeting point of four meta-eco[logical] regions,” says Mich Coker, former vice president of the Tucson Audubon Society.
Please contact Tucson Audubon Society at 520-629-0150 for more information on the festival as online registration is now closed. Or visit their website here.