Maricopa Audubon Society Birds in Maricopa County

Maricopa Audubon Meetings and Programs

Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month, September through May.  Meetings start at 7:30 p.m., and feature a general membership meeting and guest speaker. Come early to browse our sales tables, have refreshments, and socialize with like-minded people.  Visitors are most welcome! 


Our September through April meetings are held at the:

Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren

2450 N 64th St. Scottsdale

northwest of 64th Street and Oak Street, which is between Thomas Road and McDowell. You may enter from either 64th Street, just north of Oak Street (if coming from the south you will have to make a "U" turn), or Oak Street just west of 64th Street, by the Elks Club. Turn right into the gravel parking lot.

Although there is no charge to attend our general membership meetings, the Annual Banquet does require a dinner reservation and associated cost. 

A pre-meeting dinner is held at Caddy Shack, 1405 N. Mill Avenue in Tempe (at the Rolling Hills Golf Course) for the September through April meetings.  Join us at 6 p.m. for a delicious meal (no-host), meet our guest speaker and say “howdy” to other birders.  Meals average $7.00 to $10.00. 


March 7, 2017 

Dano Grayson  

Where Science and Art Collide

Discover the Arizona wilderness, Andes mountains, Amazon rainforest and Manu National Park, Peru (one of the most bird diverse places on the planet) through the amazing photographs of scientific researcher and photojournalist Dano Grayson including a few rare, never before filmed or photographed birds from the deep jungle.

Since graduating from university, Daniel (Dano) Grayson has been chasing incredible wildlife and weather phenomena from the Arizona Desert to the High Andes Mountains to the Deep Amazon Rainforest. Working as a Field Researcher has allowed him access to some of the most pristine and biodiverse places in the world. The photographs he presents are a catalog of incredible adventures with inspiring wildlife encounters.



​April 4, 2017

Richard “Rick” Simpson

The Evolution of Hummingbird Coloration
Courtship Displays

Rick Simpson’s studies the interactions between coloration, behavioral displays, and the environment in North American hummingbirds to better understand why hummingbirds have such a diversity of colorful plumage and display behaviors. This ability to communicate using multiple and diverse traits is explained by John Endlers 1992 propsed sensory drive hypotheses: that animals use their ornaments and displays to be effectively detected through the environment by their intended receiver.  Ricks amazing footage of courting hummingbirds demonstrates how different species vary the size of their flight display and orientation to the sun in relation to the size of their plumage patches.

Rick Simpson is an Animal Behavior Ph.D. student at Arizona State University in Dr. Kevin McGraw's lab studying the evolution of hummingbird coloration and courtship displays. He has always been interested in the incredible diversity in animal coloration and ornamentation, especially those found in birds. He has studied this topic across the Southwestern US and Panama. Outside of work, he is an avid outdoorsman who loves to get away from the crowds and explore the wild areas of Arizona - especially the mountains. 




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Maricopa Audubon Society's
63rd Annual Banquet

Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, Arizona, 85283

6:00 pm BYOB social hour, raffle, and silent auction.

Come early to meet old friends and new, and to peruse the auction and raffle tables. Raffle tickets available at the door.

7:00 pm Buffet Dinner (includes vegetarian option).

Cost: $28 per person ($25 for “Friends of Maricopa Audubon”).
Reservations required. No-shows will be billed.
You may pay at the door (cash or check)
or mail checks, payable to Maricopa Audubon Society, to MAS Banquet, c/o Vicki Hire, PO Box 603, Chandler, AZ 85244.

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


Our Banquet Guest Speaker

Nathaniel Smalley

Former MAS board member
Nature Photographer Extraordinaire


Nathaniel Smalley


nathaniel smalley

Nathaniel Smalley is a professional nature photographer based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Though he calls the American Southwest his home, most of his time is spent leading photography tours and safaris to various international destinations. His study of photography began early in high school and he continues to explore the art form to this day. Through his images he strives to foster a real love and respect for the natural world by touching the heart of the viewer with its beauty. Whether sharing his knowledge at a workshop in Arizona or leading a photo tour in some forgotten corner of the world, Nathaniel strives to impart his ethical approach to nature photography to everyone. More than just another nature photographer, Nathaniel is also a passionate conservationist. He has done extensive work with various conservation and rehabilitation organizations over the last three decades, filling every role from a volunteer assisting injured birds and mammals, to board member. Nathaniel strives at all times to adhere to the highest standards of ethics in nature photography and avoid any of the cheap shortcuts that could in any way harm his subjects or the environment. For him the natural world is a sanctuary where he captures images of the living world and shares them with those who love and appreciate nature as he does.



Have a great summer and see you:

September 5, 2017

Wendsler Nosie, Sr.

From Oak Flat to DC

Oak Flat








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