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Saturday, March 24th

  • 10:00 am - Tucson Wildlife Center - Bubba the Great Horned Owl
  • 12:00 noon - Karen Terranova - Folk art birdhouses
  • 1:00 pm - Tucson Wildlife Rehab. (Janet Miller’s Group) Harris Hawk, Great Horned Owl and Elf Owl
  • 2:00 pm - Tim Snow - Arizona Bats (Learn about the 28 species of bats, their life history, and ecology. Learn about bat houses and conservation).
  • 3:00 pm - Hummingbird Banding with Larry Norris (How are hummingbirds trapped without harming them? What kind of traps and tools are used? What does a hummingbird band look like? What is being learned about these backyard birds? What else do you want to know?)
  • 4:00 pm - Pick Jon’s Brain. Jon answers questions about: attracting, feeding, and housing birds; creating backyard habitat, increasing diversity of birds, etc.

Sunday, March 25th

  • 10:00 am - Karen Terranova - Folk art birdhouses
  • 11:00 am - Sign up for Sunday morning bird walks with Matt Norris
  • 12:00 noon - Dr. William Mannan - Cooper’s Hawks in Southeastern Arizona – Focuses on the benefits and challenges of having birds of prey live in close proximity to human populations, from the perspective of both the birds and people.
  • 1:00 pm - Tucson Mtn. Hummingbird Rescue - Noreen Geyer-Kordosky
  • 2:00 pm - Hummingbird Banding with Larry Norris
  • 3:00 pm - Arizona Bats - Tim Snow

Celebration Presenters

Tim Snow - Since 1999, Tim is a non-game specialist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department and is responsible for implementation of the Department’s conservation and management strategies for Nongame Threatened and Endangered Wildlife in Southeastern Arizona. Although he works with a variety of wildlife in his current position, Tim continues to have a passion for bats and bat conservation. He was one of the initial field biologists hired in the Department’s Bat Management Project and later became the Bat Management Coordinator. He is active with several working groups; including past Chair of the Arizona Bat Resource Group, past Executive Board Member of the North American Bat Conservation Partnership, current board member of the Western Bat Working Group and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Bat Specialist Group. Tim has conducted and participated in a wide array of bat conservation studies including bat inventory and monitoring (acoustic and mist netting), internal mine and cave surveys, telemetry studies (spotted, lesser long-nosed, and forest bats), roost protection projects (installation of bat-friendly gates), and education (technical workshops and general public).

Larry Norris - Larry is a research scientist for the National Park Service and adjunct professor at the University of Arizona. He has been studying birds and botany for most of his 32 years with the NPS. In 2003, he started researching hummingbirds in Southeastern Arizona at Tumacacori National Historical Park and the urban environment of Tucson. He was instrumental in starting several hummingbird banding stations and organizations. Currently, Larry has 5 banding stations at private residences in Tucson, running roughly in a northwest to southeast line along the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Photo by Richard at SearchnetMedia

William Mannan - William Mannan, PhD, is professor wildlife ecology at the University of Arizona. Additionally, he is the chair of the Wildlife and Fisheries Program. He leads a research team that has been studying the lives of Cooper’s Hawks in both rural and urban settings in Southern Arizona for the past two decades and is probably the foremost expert on the natural history of Cooper’s Hawks in our region, and perhaps in the US. Included among his many articles published in scientific journals are:

  • Feeding Behavior of Cooper’s Hawks at Urban and Rural Nests in Southeastern Arizona
  • Movements and Survival of Fledgling Cooper’s Hawks in an Urban Environment
  • Comparative Breeding Ecology of Cooper’s Hawks in Urban and Exurban Areas of Southeastern Arizona
  • Home Range Characteristics of Male Cooper’s Hawks in an Urban Environment.

Noreen Geyer-Kordosky - Noreen is the founder of Tucson Mountain Hummingbird Rescue, an agent with Wildlife Rehabilitation of Northwest Tucson. She has a long-standing interest in the rescue, rehabilitation, and well-being of our native hummingbirds. With 19 years’ experience, she’s ideally suited to doing this work as she is passionate about saving hummers whenever and wherever possible and hers is the only rehab organization that focuses solely on hummingbirds. Her talk and the hummers she brought to our last such event were enormously popular with the folks who came to see her and learn more about some of their favorite birds. She’s planning on bringing three hummingbirds with her to this event.

Wildlife Rehabilitation in Northwest Tucson - Founded and directed by Janet Miller (and her late husband, Lew), Janet is the senior rehabber in the Tucson basin and some of those now engaged in the profession began their work in her organization. This group performs important work with a wide variety of desert animals and birds, with songbirds, owls and hawks as their birds of special interest. They will be bringing a Harris’s Hawk, a Great Horned Owl and an Elf Owl to our weekend event.

Tucson Wildlife Center - Directed by Lisa Bates and serving Tucson and the entire Southeastern Arizona nature community, this is southern Arizona’s largest rehab center. It has state of the art medical/surgical facilities, housing and flight cages, a professional staff of veterinarians/doctors, nurses, medical staff and interns who work on a pro bono basis. Many volunteers from the community have been trained to assist their efforts. This group has a public membership and publishes a regular newsletter and a monthly internet newsletter. They will be bringing Bubba, the Great Horned Owl. More about Tucson Wildlife Center

Karen Terranova - Karen is a local folk artist who uses discarded, weathered, and other found objects to creatively craft beautiful, fanciful and somewhat whimsical bird houses that are affordable yet practical and functional for birds to use. She attended both days of our event last year, setting up a work table in our space so viewers could actually watch her make a bird house, ask questions, and get answers. Her popularity with our customers resulted in many requests to invite her back again. She plans on being present both days again. More about Karen

Matt Norris - Matt is a ling-time employee of The Wild Bird Store. For about 5 years he managed our Oracle Road store in Oro Valley. And he’s again working with us in our new location in mid-town. He’s a very experienced birder. He’s been out in the field learning about birds since he was a very young child. He’s lucky that he was able to learn from one of the best birders available, his dad Larry. Matt has participated in numerous bird counts, field research surveys, and banding station efforts. He’s an experienced bird guide and will lead tours in and around Tucson, beginning in April. Be sure to sign up for one of his bird walks. Weekly bird walks will be limited to small groups (12 or less), so sign up early. Added bonus – Larry will accompany him for some of the Sunday morning bird walks.

Jon Friedman - The husband and wife team, Jon and Shani Friedman, began The Wild bird Store as means of focusing their passionate desire and love of birds into a business where they can share their knowledge and experience with others in the Tucson community who also attract and feed birds. Now into their third decade of business, they are pleased to see how much the Tucson Birding community has grown and responded to the need for accurate information and high quality products and foods. Always eager to share their knowledge with others, Jon will be available to answer any and all question about attracting and feeding birds. He calls this event “Pick Jon’s Brain”.

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