Spring Migration, Tucson Audubon’s April Birdathon and Riparian Family Instituteby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Mar. 29, 2013, under Press Releases
Spring migration sees tens of thousands of colorful songbirds migrating north, the best time to watch hummingbirds, trogons, warblers, and flycatchers, and an invitation from Tucson Audubon for you to celebrate spring migration with a variety of birdy activities for the whole family.
The Riparian Family Institute is a weekend outdoor program for the entire family, hosted by Tucson Audubon in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy. It focuses on kid-friendly exploration of the rich plant and animal life found along the beautiful San Pedro River. Activities include river walking, birding (including looking for owls at dusk), black lighting for insects, live mammal trapping, and a campfire! Families will also get to participate in an ongoing conservation project on the Preserve and will be treated to a barbeque with ranchers from the Double Check Ranch. While your children are being led on an exploration at dusk, parents will be treated to akid–free presentation on holistic ranching practices that are revolutionizing the production of grass–fed beef in a manner that is sustainable and preserves biodiversity of native plants and animals. Participants are responsible for bringing their own camping gear. Meals are included in the cost of the tuition and will be provided from lunch on Saturday to lunch on Sunday.
Dates:April 20 & 21
Location:Nature Conservancy’s Lower San Pedro Preserve near Dudleyville, AZ
Price: $65 per person. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Details and to register: www.tucsonaudubon.org/rfi
Birdathon celebrates spring migration with a full-fledged birding extravaganza throughout April. Birdathon is a uniquely–Audubon event, but anyone can participate. During Birdathon, Birdathon–ers across the country go out birding for a Big Day, where they count as many bird species as possible within a 24–hour period. Just like a walkathon, they raise support from friends and family who cheer them on. For some, the friendly competition can get pretty intense; a sleep schedule becomes a strategy, back routes are used to sneak past the competition, a well–planned route is thrown off when that one species doesn’t show. But for most of us, Birdathon is less competitive; celebrating migration and sharing our joy of birding with others makes the game.
Date: Preview trips April 2, April 11, April 16. Expert-led trips April 21, April 25, April 28, April 29
Price: Give or get suggested donations of $25 per preview trip and $200 per expert–led trip
Location: Various destinations around southeast Arizona (where the birding is good!)
Details and to register:www.tucsonaudubon.org/birdathon
Half of the birds that occur in American can be found in southeastern Arizona, so it is no surprise that as the place for birding, our region also has fabulous expert bird guides to lead birdwatchers of any level on an unforgettable birding experience. Expert guides from local and international tour companies are donating their time to lead five bird watching trips for Birdathon. Each trip promises to see from 75–150 species, touring sites from Mount Lemmon to Rio Rico and everywhere in between (April 21, April 25, April 27, April 28).
Birdathon preview trips offer half-day, carpool outings that exemplify the program areas for which Bridathon support makes such an impact. Learn secrets to attracting urban birds in a trip to two key urban bird habitats, Atturbury Wash and Agua Caliente Park (Tuesday, April 2). A behind–the–scenes tour of the Simpson Farm—a site that for 12 years has been restored by Tucson Audubon staff and volunteers—will include sighting raptors, sparrows, and other migrating birds (Thursday, April 11). While sipping bird-friendly, shade-grown coffee and watching birds in the Ironwood–Saguaro habitat of the Mason Center, learn about the who, what, and why of Birdathon (Tuesday, April 16).
Thanks to the Birdathon 2013 sponsors: Pima Federal Credit Union and Hughes Federal Credit Union.
Tucson Audubon promotes the protection and stewardship of southern Arizona’s biological diversity through the study and enjoyment of birds and the places they live.