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. 







October 2, 2017

Cathy Wise

Plants for Birds

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This fall planting season, don’t forget your feathered friends! Attract more native birds to your yard by planting some easy care favorites and making other simple additions. Learn Phoenix-based tips and tricks and hear success stories from National Audubon’s Plants for Birds program nationwide. This interactive program will have you laughing and leave you inspired to plant.

Cathy is Audubon Arizona’s Education Director and works out of the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in South Phoenix.  Cathy has studied birds throughout the southwest with agencies including the US Forest Service and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. As a wildlife biologist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, she co-authored the Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas and changed more than a lifetimes’ worth of flat tires doing field work. Cathy strongly believes that conservation begins with education and works daily to reconnect people with nature through birds. She is an avid climber and backpacker. Cathy graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BS in Avian Sciences.




November 7, 2017

Erik Anderson

Effects of Plant Invasions on Grassland Birds

For the past few years, Erik Anderson has studied how shrub encroachment and nonnative grasses affect density, nest success, and community composition of birds in arid grasslands, among the most threatened ecosystems in North America,  in southeastern Arizona.  In this talk, Erik will present an overview of how plant invasions are changing grasslands throughout the world and discuss his research, field work, and preliminary results.
Erik Andersen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Wildlife Conservation and Management program at the University of Arizona.  Erik has conducted ecological and avian research throughout North America for multiple federal, academic, non-profit, and tribal entities.  He enjoys travel and has spent over two years abroad chasing birds and exploring the world’s natural areas.




December 5, 2017

Craig Anderson’s Big Year

Arizona Audubon volunteer Craig Anderson invites you for an armchair experience of his "Big Year". He'll explain why he dedicated 2016 to his own pursuit of bird species across a wide range of habitats in Arizona. Craig visited more than two dozen of our state's 46 Important Bird Areas to amass his own record - and to focus attention on the Important Bird Area program. Hear anecdotes about the most memorable places he visited, favorite bird sightings, and learn how you can support conservation and biodiversity right here in Arizona.
Craig Anderson has birded  Arizona for over 45 years but discovered thru his project additional and unique places to bird in Arizona.

The photo of Craig was taken at the Bird Nerd Picnic.






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