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July 26, 2012

Festival’s birdy beginnings now extend to area wildlife

Scout Reports

Within just over two decades, the 21st Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival has evolved from a small, local event to one of the top nature events in the country. Southwest Wings draws people from all over the United States and Canada.

The 50 free programs offered this year cover not just birding topics but photography, weather, geology, history, reptiles, insects, mammals and food.

Live animals indigenous to Arizona, will be on display. Several different organizations will bring wildlife that will be exhibited in both the Student Union building and in the Library.

As a nonprofit organization, SWW is dedicated to providing an opportunity for the public to learn about the natural environment here in southeast Arizona. Aug. 4 will feature many programs geared to the younger people and anyone who has an interest in nature. Register at the main desk before then for a limited-capacity, low-cost field trip to Grey Hawk Nature Center.

The 2012 welcome address on Aug. 2, features Sergio Avila from the Sky Island Alliance speaking about big cats in the Huachuca Mountains. Recently, both jaguars and ocelots have been sighted. The presentation includes a taco bar and an opportunity for festival-goers to get together and meet.

Paul Bannick, an award-winning photographer and this year’s National Audubon Society winner from the Pacific Northwest, is this year’s keynote speaker. He specializes in owls and woodpeckers and the close relationship between the species that makes the hole and the species that reuses it. The price of the keynote address includes a full meal along with the presentation.

For more information, visit SWWINGS.org

 

The 2012 SWW free programs

 

Aug 1:

Horace Steele Room:

1 – 2 p.m.: Butterflies for Birders, Priscilla Brodkin

2 – 3 p.m.: The Value of Herps, Roger Cogan

3 – 4 p.m.: Demystifying Sparrows, Homer Hansen

4 – 5 p.m.: Hummingbirds, Susan Wethington

5 – 6 p.m.: Choosing Optics, Jim Danzenbaker

 

Aug. 2:

Horace Steele Room:

9 – 10 a.m.: Basic Bird Identification, Kathe Anderson

10 – 11 a.m.: Arizona Centennial, Becky Orozco

11 a.m. – noon: Snake Bite, John Porter

Noon – 1 p.m.: Apache, Becky Orozco

1 – 2 p.m.: Hummingbirds of the United States, C.W. Melton

2 – 3 p.m.: Amateur Naturalist with Camera, Richard Fray

3 – 4 p.m.: Flycatchers and Warblers, Homer Hansen

4 – 5 p.m.: Feathers, Eggs & Nests, Kathe Anderson

5 – 6 p.m.: Sonora: Origin of Many Species, Mike Foster

Dining Hall — Student Union:

9 – 10 a.m.: Ethnobotany, Vincent Pinto

10 – 11 a.m.: Introduction to Digiscoping, Ben Lizdas

11 a.m. – noon: Tucson Wildlife Urban Interface, Joan Cass

Noon – 1 p.m.: Cats of the Sky Islands, Lisa Haynes

2 – 3 p.m.: “Todo This Isn’t Kansas” Native Plants, Cado Daily

3 – 4 p.m.: Creating Museum Exhibits, Carrie Gustavson

Room 90:

4 – p.m.: Project Feeder Watch, Jim Smith

5 – 6 p.m.: AZ Dragonflies 101, Rich Bailowitz

 

Aug. 3:

Horace Steele Room:

10 – 11 a.m.: Coming to Your Senses, Pinau Merlin

11 a.m. – noon: Ants of Southern Arizona, Dwight Long

Noon – 1 p.m.: Geology and Groundwater, Sandy Kunzer

1 – 2 p.m.: Insects, Marganthe Brummermann

2 – 3 p.m.: Reptiles and Amphibians, Tomas Miscione

3 – 4 p.m.: Northern Jaguar Project, Diana Hadley

4 – 5 p.m.: Things Birds Do, Brian Prescott

5 – 6 p.m.: Nectar Bats, Ronnie Sidner

6 – 7 p.m.: Photo Workshop, George Andrejko

Dining Hall — Student Union:

8:30 – 10 a.m.: Is Arizona the New Tornado Alley, Glenn Minuth

10 a.m. – noon: Lobos at a Crossroads, Jean Ossorio

Noon – 1 p.m.: Wildfire and Wildlife, Melinda Fisher

1 – 2 p.m.: Great Backyard Bird Count, Jim Smith

2 – 4 p.m.: Photography, Paul Bannick

Room 90:

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Beginning Birding, Tom Clancy

1 – 3 p.m.: Hummingbird Identification Workshop, Sheri Williamson

3 – 4 p.m.: Beavers of the San Pedro, Mike Foster

Ramsey Canyon Preserve:

8 – 10 p.m.: Insect Field Trip, M. Brummermann

 

Aug. 4:

Horace Steele Room:

8 – 11:30 a.m.: Clovis Culture (lecture and field trip), Sandy Kunzer

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Gardening for the Birds, Lori Kovash

11 a.m. – noon: Burrowing Owls, Gordon Lewis

Noon – 1 p.m.: Reptiles and Amphibians, Tomas Miscione

1 – 2 p.m.: Hummingbirds 101, Tom Wood

2 – 3 p.m.: River to Peaks, Betsy Kunzer

3 – 4 p.m.: Malpai Borderlands Group, Bill McDonald

Dining Hall, Student Union:

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Ancient Seas, Free Field Trip, Glenn Minuth

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Thorns, Stingers and Fangs, Vincent Pinto

11 a.m. – noon: Project Overview: Mexican Wolf, Chris Bagnoli AZFG

Noon – 1 p.m.: Emergency Preparedness, AZDEM

Room 900:

8 – 9 a.m.: Updating the Return of Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs, Glen Dickens

10 – 10:45 a.m.: Children’s Program: Observation Skills, Bealer/Chambers

11 – 11:45 a.m.: Children’s Program: Birds, Bealer/Chambers

1 – 1:45 p.m.: Children’s Program: Bats, Bealer/Chambers

2 – 3 p.m.: Nest Watch, Jim Smith

 

 




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