Summer Events

BIRDS

Owl Walk & Talk - 1hr before sunset, June 23rd, 6:30pm – 7:30pm - Desert Rivers Audubon OwlWatch volunteers will lead a tour of the burrowing owl habitat at Zanjero Park. Meet us in the park parking lot, 3785 South Lindsay Rd., Gilbert. We'll learn about the current status of the burrowing owls released April 2012 in association with our habitat partner, Wild at Heart. Enjoy a breezy, fun & informative evening! Become an OwlWatch volunteer and help us document the growth of the habitat by contacting Anne Koch at atredray@gmail.com. The starting time for this event will change with the seasons. Event is held one hour before sunset. Zanjero Park, 3785 South Lindsay Rd., Gilbert, AZ  http://www.desertriversaudubon.org/calendar.html


Boyce Thompson Arboretum Sunday Bird Walk with Homer Hansen June 24 at 6:30 a.m. - Already famous as an Audubon-certified ‘Important Bird Area’ the Arboretum lures bird-watchers year-round for self-guided outings. BTA also boasts a guided walk series featuring names on Arizona’s A-list of ornithologists, and June 24 the special guest leader is Homer Hansen. Author of the G.I.S.S. Series bird identification guides, Hansen has spent more than two decades mastering intricate field marks of sparrows, songs and habits of warblers, and habits of hawks that can be keys to bird identification. Visiting from his home in Willcox, AZ (famous for summertime Cassin's sparrows, wintering sandhill cranes), Homer will share his expertise on sparrows, raptors, flycatchers, warblers, and bird ecology during the guided walk. Here’s a chance for birders to sharpen their skills alongside a pro – Hansen is the course instructor for the Tucson Audubon Society's Moving to Mastery birding workshops, he’s a popular presenter and trip leader at Arizona birding festivals.


Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival, August 8th - 12th, 2018 - 
An exciting weekend of outstanding birding and wildlife-watching, presented by Tucson Audubon and the Riverpark Inn .\  Expert-led Field trips to nearby birding hotspots, some of the best birding in N. America! Birding & Natural History Workshops for beginners through advanced! Family-friendly activities, Vendors,and live critter exhibits!





CLASSES

Desert Botanical Garden Classes - They fill up fast so sign up early HERE

Vultures and Condors Thursday and Saturday | July 19, 21
Thursday | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Saturday | 6 - 8:30 a.m. (field trip)

Soar with the desert's natural garbage disposals-vultures and condors. Considered ugly by some, these bald birds fill a unique ecological niche. In this interactive class, find out more about the animals' remarkable anatomical adaptations and the health threats that we happen to share with them. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Transportation to field trip site is not provided. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.


LIZARDS


Boyce Thompson Arboretum Learn Your Lizards - Guided Tours Saturday August 11, September 8 at 8:00 a.m. - Arizona lizards do comical pushups to display their blue bellies - attend a guided tour this summer to learn why these little reptiles have azure abs. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is an ideal place to observe native reptiles such as Tree, Side-blotched and Greater Earless Lizards while learning about their behavior and Sonoran Desert adaptations. Casa Grande outdoor educator Phil Rakoci is our special guest leader for Saturday walks August 11. The August outing is extra-special, because he's likely to be joined by Arizona Audubon wildlife biologists Steve Prager and Cathy Wise. Guided lizard walks continue September 8 and September 29. Boyce Thompson Arboretum

BUTTERFLIES

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Butterfly Walk June 23 with Ron Rutowski at 8:30 a.m., and more walks July 28 and August 25- Join us for a guided butterfly walk each month of the Spring and Summer -- a walking tour to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. Central Arizona Butterfly Association's Laura Miller is our special guest tourguide on May 26. This leisurely, slow-paced guided tour proceeds along paths that are wheelchair-accessible, exploring our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. ASU Professor Ron Rutowski guides this walk at an earlier 8:30 a.m. start time June 23, July 28 and August 25. Start time moves back to 9:00 a.m. September 22 with guide Adriane Grimaldi, then another half-hour later (9:30 a.m.) when Adriane teams-up with Gail Morris to lead the season finale walk October. 27.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff's Butterfly House - Daily 10am-4pm/Seasonal/FREE with paid admission - Hundreds of colorful butterflies native to northern Arizona are on display May 26 – September 30. You’ll learn about the life cycle of butterflies, the importance of pollinators, and observe these important insects emerging from their chrysalises! Find out more here.  Find out more about the 16 different species of butterfly here.

The Central Arizona Butterfly Association has a wonderful line-up of Meetings and Events for the upcoming year. Please check their page regularly for up-dates.

Southwest Monarch Study - https://www.facebook.com/SouthwestMonarchStudy

Plants

The Arboretum at Flagstaff Wildflower Walks - Fourth Saturday Mornings/June, July, and August 9:30am - FREE with paid admission. Join our knowledgeable Arboretum staff for a summer Saturday morning walk and explore all the colorful varieties of native Northern Arizona wildflowers. June 24th, July 22nd, August 26th. Tours begin at 9:30am, bring water, a camera and comfortable walking shoes.



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