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April 23rd, 2019

Birdathon 2019 – Please Sponsor Us!

It’s Tucson Audubon Birdathon time again! Our team, The Santa Cruzers, aims to set a new record for the number of bird species seen in one day in Santa Cruz County, the littlest county in Arizona.

Please click here to make a donation and support us!

Can we do it? Can we achieve our ambitious goal of raising $1,000.00? All funds go directly to Tucson Audubon’s impressive conservation program, directly benefiting birds and wildlife habitat right here in in Santa Cruz County, and around SE Arizona.

Please click here to make a donation and support us!

April 8th, 2020

Birds of Fray Birdathon 2020

Please help me to raise $1,000 for Tucson Audubon Society! That’s my ambitious goal as, for one year only, I resurrect my old birdathon team, the Birds of Fray!

..DONATE (PAY NOW)..          ..PLEDGE (PAY LATER)..

This year, the team will be:

  • Minno (team captain)
  • Jennie MacFarland (expert birder)
  • Richard Fray (mascot)

This year – 2020 – is a bit different, as we all know. Because of these unsual circumstances, we need YOUR HELP more than ever!

  1. To see and/or hear as many different bird species as possible in one 24 hour period
  2. The date is Friday 24th April, 2020
  3. The area will be a strict five mile radius of our home in Rio Rico, Arizona

Please make a donation! Every dollar is greatly appreciated. 

I have never done a birdathon quite like this, so I don’t have any idea of the number of species we might find. One thing is for sure – other than the Santa Cruz River and a couple of small, obscure cattle tanks, we don’t have any water in this area, so the species count will be lower because of that. Likewise, we won’t find any high elevation species.

However, we do have some excellent habitat, including some of the riparian corridor along the Santa Cruz from Tubac to Rio Rico, as well as the lower part of Rock Corral Canyon, and plenty of desert scrub around the house. We won’t break any records, but I can promise that we’ll give it our best shot!

Tucson Audubon are setting an overall goal of $50,000 to support their crucial conservation work. It’s an excellent cause, and this year, $7,500 will directly support Tucson Audubon’s Birdability initiative to make birding more inclusive and accessible to mobility-challenged people. Please join us!

We hope that you have a safe, healthy, and fun spring of birding. Please make a donation, and thank you for your support! ??

ABOUT BIRDATHON 2020

..DONATE (PAY NOW)..          ..PLEDGE (PAY LATER)..

Birds have a unique, special, and different meaning to each of us. So, too, is each of our connection with Tucson Audubon Society personal and distinct. During Birdathon, we combine the love of bird watching during spring migration with support for bird conservation.

Birdathoners are birders and social fundraisers, joining together to make a difference for the birds and habitats of Southeast Arizona. Birdathoners continue a tradition that has held strong for over 30 years! 

Each Birdathoner’s personal network of supporters is what helps makes Birdathon possible. 

Supporting a team by writing a check?

  • Make checks payable to: Tucson Audubon Society
  • Write the team name on memo line
  • Mail to: 
    Tucson Audubon Society
    300 E University Blvd #120
    Tucson, AZ 85705
April 8th, 2018
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Birdathon 2018

It’s Birdathon time again! I haven’t asked for three years, so I hope you’ve all had time to save up for a BIG donation this year. Our team, The Santa Cruzers, aims to set a new record for the number of species seen in one day in Santa Cruz County, the littlest county in Arizona.

Can we do it? Can I achieve my ambitious personal goal of raising $1,000.00? Stay tuned, and please support us! All funds go directly to Tucson Audubon’s impressive conservation program, directly benefitting birds and wildlife habitat in SE Arizona.

PLEASE SUPPORT ME BY CLICKING HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!

September 28th, 2017
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Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey - Pesqueira Canyon

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Jennie and I did our final cuckoo survey of the season in Pesqueira Canyon near Nogales. It was quieter than previous visits, with most of the migrants having passed through and many of the resident species falling silent. We didn’t detect any cuckoos this time.

Highlights included SHARP-SHINNED and GRAY HAWKS, still a good few GRAY and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, three CRISSAL THRASHERS, and winter sparrows becoming evident, including CHIPPING, BREWER’S, WHITE-CROWNED, and VESPER SPARROWS, plus GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, along with the resident CANYON TOWHEES, and RUFOUS-WINGED, BLACK-THROATED, and LARK SPARROWS.

Pesqueira Canyon