May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Maricopa Audubon Society 65th Annual Banquet

6:00 pm Social hour: Raffle and Silent Auction

7:00 pm Buffet dinner: Cost $30 per person, $28 for Friends of Maricopa Audubon”.

Reservations Required and No Shows will be billed. You may register at the April 2nd Membership meeting, or emailing laurienessel@gmail.com

or by sending a check payable to

Maricopa Audubon Society

c/o Vicki Hire Treasurer

PO BOX 603

Chandler, AZ 85244

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Deadline to register is Friday, May 3, 2019.

Our agenda will include induction of our new Board and a presentation of the Ninth Annual Herb Fibel Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to the Maricopa Audubon Society.

PROGRAM: Mimicry in Birds with Rich Hoyer

While birding at Oregon's Finley National Wildlife Refuge in his teens, Rich Hoyer heard the most amazing thing - a Purple Finch incorporating sounds of a California Scrub-Jay in its jumbled song - and thought he had discovered something new, since such behavior wasn't mentioned in any field guide. Since then he's been fascinated and intrigued by mimicry in birds, collecting personal observations and recordings of the phenomenon. In this audiovisual presentation, Rich Hoyer will present examples of mimicry in songbirds from throughout the Americas and share his enthusiasm for this curious and often entertaining behavior. 

Born and raised in Oregon, Rich Hoyer earned his bachelors degrees in German and Zoology at Oregon State University. Following a few years as an itinerant biologist and summer guide on Saint Paul Island, Alaska, he moved to Tucson, Arizona and has been working as a professional birding tour leader for WINGS for the past 19 years. He leads tours to such exciting locations as Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, and Jamaica, but he also looks forward to his annual tours that explore the beauty and diversity of his home state.

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Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Special: Book Signing! Birding Arizona, What to Know, Where to Go

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This program will take you on a tour around Arizona to some of the state’s most productive and interesting birding spots including a number of lesser known areas as highlighted in Charles Babbitt’s new book Birding Arizona-What to know, Where to go. Along the way we will explore a variety of different habitats and learn about multiple facets of Arizona bird migration including the summer influx of birds from the Gulf of California, fall hawk and shorebird migrations, and great places to watch spring and fall passerine migration. Charles will remain after the meeting to sign copies of his book.

Books are available for $18.00 for MAS members and $19.95 for non-members.

Charles Babbitt is a past president of the Maricopa Audubon Society and a past member of the Arizona Bird Committee. He enjoys leading  field trips for the Maricopa Audubon Society and bird walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Pre-meeting dinner will be held at 6:00 pm at the Noodles Ranch restaurant, 2765 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 .

Social Hour from 7:00 - 7:30 pm prior to program meeting at the Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren, 2450 N 64th Street, Scottsdale, AZ. .

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Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

WORKSHOP: Sparrows without Anxiety (with Tom Gaskill)

  • Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren (map)
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Sparrows are beautiful, and they can be enjoyable (and even fun). We will get past the angst that sparrows and other LBJs cause among birders by seeing sparrows differently: primarily through habitat niche specialization, genus, and shape, not by focusing on plumage. Our workshop will focus on strategies for identifying and appreciating LBJs. Our field trip will put those lessons into practice while we visit some of the better sparrow habitats around the west valley. (Those are also good birding spots in general, so expect lots of birds.) Walking will be easy, but the soils can be silty and dusty. Workshop participants have priority in the field trip (Saturday, March 9, 7am-3:30pm, West Valley). Registration is free to MAS members. Membership levels start at $20. Checks, cash and credit cards accepted at the workshops, or download the membership form (PDF file attached below) and send along with $20 to: Maricopa Audubon Society Attn: Vicki Hire Treasurer PO Box 603 Chandler, AZ 85244 (Please note that if checks are not received before the workshop, you will be asked to pay at the door.)

To register, contact Laurienessel@gmail.com

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Feb
23
9:30 PM21:30

PROGRAM: (Special: Book Signing!) Birding Arizona, What to Know, Where to Go

  • Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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This program will take you on a tour around Arizona to some of the state’s most productive and interesting birding spots including a number of lesser-known areas as highlighted in Charles Babbitt’s new book Birding Arizona-What to know, Where to go. Along the way, we will explore a variety of different habitats and learn about multiple facets of Arizona bird migration including the summer influx of birds from the Gulf of California, fall hawk and shorebird migrations, and great places to watch spring and fall passerine migration. Charles will remain after the meeting to sign copies of his book. Charles Babbitt is a past president of the Maricopa Audubon Society and a past member of the Arizona Bird Committee. He enjoys leading field trips for the Maricopa Audubon Society and bird walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

Larry Arbanas: Killdeer Nest and more

  • Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Nature videographer, Larry Arbanas, will present some of his fascinating footage of nesting Killdeer and other random video he has recently edited.

Larry has filmed for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, PBS, The Canada Museum of Nature, National Geographic and Maya Lin, creator of the Vietnam Wall War Memorial in Washington, DC.

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