November 6th, 2013
My friend Ben Sill, brother John Sill and John’s wife Cathryn Sill, are back with the “partially revised and somewhat updated 2nd edition” of their hilarious book, A Field Guide to Little-Known & Seldom-Seen Birds of North America.
It’s great fun, and without it you’ll never know about some of North America’s more ‘difficult’ species, such as the Long-ranged Target Duck, Warbling Cormorant, Spoon-billed Hummingbird or Military Warbler. This ground-breaking field guide will also talk you through the ID conundrum of identifying all of North America’s seven yellowleg species, from Greatest Yellowlegs through Middle Yellowlegs, all the way down to Very Least Yellowlegs!
With the holiday season on the way, this little gem makes the perfect gift for any North American birder, or you could buy it as a small treat for yourself. Highly recommended – get one today, before they go extinct!
July 9th, 2013
The birding community in Arizona should have a much louder voice! A new economic impact analysis suggests that Arizonans now have a billion more reasons to appreciate birds and wildlife…
Watchable Wildlife recreation in Arizona has a larger economic impact than hunting, fishing, golf, or the Gem Show. The total economic effect from 2011 watchable wildlife activities in Arizona was $1.4 billion ($1.1 billion by residents and $314.6 million by visitors).
Read the full report here
Please share this news in any way you can – by email, Facebook, Twitter, on your website or blog, or by contacting local politicians, officials and decision-makers. We need everyone to understand how important we, as birding and wildlife enthusiasts, are to the local economy and the wider society and culture of Arizona.
June 14th, 2013
Tucson birders – a date for your diaries.
Fellow Brit, Mark Avery, author, naturalist, activist and blogger extraordinaire, will be speaking at Tucson Audubon Society’s Living With Nature lecture series on Wednesday June 19th at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Avery was the RSPB’s Conservation Director for 12 years and will be talking about Saving Birds the British Way. We’re lucky to have such an esteemed environmentalist visiting us, so come along to Pima Community College’s downtown campus to meet Mark and learn more about international wildlife conservation.
Mark is the author of Fighting For Birds – 25 Years in Nature Conservation.
More about Mark | Living With Nature Lecture Series
May 20th, 2013
It’s been a really good week for me and my birding group. We ended on 182 species in seven days of birding in beautiful southeast Arizona, all achieved in a laid back manner without once starting before 6:30 a.m.!
Highlights included (in systematic order) LEAST GREBE, SCALED QUAIL, GRAY and ZONE-TAILED HAWKS, MARBLED GODWIT, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BAND-TAILED PIGEON, INCA and COMMON GROUND-DOVES, GREATER ROADRUNNER, WESTERN SCREECH, NORTHERN PYGMY, ELF, BURROWING and SPOTTED OWLS, COMMON POORWILL, MEXICAN WHIP-POOR-WILL, BROAD-BILLED, WHITE-EARED, VIOLET-CROWNED, BLUE-THROATED, MAGNIFICENT, COSTA’S and BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRDS, ELEGANT TROGON, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, GILDED FLICKER, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, GREATER PEWEE, OLIVE-SIDED, CORDILLERAN, BUFF-BREASTED, VERMILION, DUSKY-CAPPED, ASH-THROATED and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, TROPICAL and THICK-BILLED KINGBIRDS, PLUMBEOUS, HUTTON’S and WARBLING VIREOS, MEXICAN and WESTERN-SCRUB JAYS, CHIHUAHUAN RAVEN, MEXICAN CHICKADEE, BRIDLED and JUNIPER TITMOUSE, PYGMY NUTHATCH, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, PHAINOPEPLA, VIRGINIA’S, LUCY’S, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, TOWNSEND’S, GRACE’S, RED-FACED and OLIVE WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, GREEN-TAILED, SPOTTED, ABERT’S and CANYON TOWHEES, RUFOUS-WINGED, RUFOUS-CROWNED, BOTTERI’S, FIVE-STRIPED and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, HEPATIC TANAGER, PYRRHULOXIA, BLACK-HEADED and BLUE GROSBEAKS, LAZULI BUNTING, BRONZED COWBIRD and HOODED, BULLOCK’S and SCOTT’S ORIOLES.
Wow! And we saw more than a hundred other species that I haven’t even mentioned.
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April 21st, 2013
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It’s Birdathon time again and I need YOUR help! My birdathon team, Birds of Fray, has at least five enthusiastic members this year, and we’ll be going all out in a bid to see (and hear) a minimum of 100 species of birds in southeast Arizona on Sunday April 28th.
Our team goal is to raise $1000 for Tucson Audubon Society’s important conservation program, which helps to safeguard birds and their environment in Tucson and around southeast Arizona. This is massively important to me, and I know it is to you as well. So far we’ve only got pledges totaling $275, so with only a week to go we’re well short of our target.
Every little helps, from a one-off donation of just $5 or $10, to a ‘per species’ pledge of a buck or two. Please help me reach my goal of raising $1000 to help conserve birds and wildlife habitat in southeast Arizona. It’s a beautiful, bird-filled place. Please help me keep it that way. Thank you!
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