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
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
March 7, 2017
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.
The Evolution of Hummingbird Coloration and 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.
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
Former MAS board member
Nature Photographer Extraordinaire
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.