Our Nature Expo will feature family-friendly activities in the all new Kids Zone, which includes live animals from the Reid Park Zoo, live raptors from Wildlife Rehabilitation of Northwest Tucson, face painting, owl pellet dissection, and Nestlings Storytime.
Nature lovers will also find opportunities to learn about birds and other wildlife at the Nature Expo. Free and paid workshops and talks will cover birds and birding optics, hummingbird photography, bats, bears, nestboxes, insects, conservation, rattlesnakes, home habitat creation, and much more. If you’ve never tried it, you can go bird watching on one of the many casual walks around the hotel grounds led by an expert.
The vendor fair features a unique variety of exhibitors that everyone will enjoy. Find the work of local artisans, learn from conservation organizations, purchase a new camera or pair of binoculars, or plan your next birding or nature vacation. Tucson Audubon will have several booths where you can get involved, including the Habitat at Home and Ecosystem Restoration Programs and the Nature Shop.
— See http://tucsonaudubon.org/expo
for full details.
— Schedule of Activities (Times and additional activities still being added!)
Binocular Cleaning & Evaluation, with Bill Thompson III
(Friday, 2pm – 4pm) «bring your bins»!
Saturday 7 AM Carl Zeiss Sports Optics Sponsored: Youth Birding Outing at Sweetwater Wetlands with Luke Tiller and Bill Thompson III of Bird Watcher’s Digest (limit 30, binoculars can be provided, ages 6-17)
Reid Park Zoo with animals (Saturday, 10am – 12pm)
Wildlife Rehabilitation of Northwest Tucson Raptors (Saturday/Sunday)
Tucson Herpetological Society
Facepainting (Saturday & Sunday)
Owl Pellet Dissection, be a scientist! (Saturday & Sunday)
Nestbox Building workshops (Friday)
Coloring competition for kids (Saturday & Sunday)
Early morning Birding Strolls around the hotel grounds (binoculars provided)
Nestlings Storytime with sing-alongs (Pima County Library childrens services) 1 PM (Saturday & Sunday)
Silk Art Painting demonstration, Raebird Creations (at booth)
— See details about FREE talks and paid workshops at http://tucsonaudubon.org/festkeynote
— Hourly free talk topics include bats, bugs, bears, birds, moths, butterflies & dragonflies, living in rattlesnake country, sit in the cool and learn about Citizen Science, the Colorado River Delta, Hawaii's birds on the brink, nest box adventures, travel destinations, monsoon mysteries, science & art, and Tucson Audubon's Habitat at Home program.
PLUS paid workshops on modern lens design, photography techniques, bird ID, and practical classes in hawk photography, and more, each led by expert presenters, local and overseas.
— Binoculars and Prizes Raffle!
Pre-register for the Nature Expo now (for free) and be entered into a drawing for a chance to WIN a new pair of Celestron Nature DX 8x42 binoculars and other prizes when you attend the Nature Expo and pick up your raffle ticket. All winners will be announced on Sunday of the Festival at 1:30 p.m. Additional raffle tickets for sale at the Expo, booth B13, for $1/piece, proceeds support Tucson Audubon Society's continuing youth educational activities.
— Exhibitors (to date):
Aall Forms of Life: A Natural Perspective (arts&crafts)
Arizona Game & Fish department
Arizona Master Naturalists — learn about volunteering
Beaumont & Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau
Carl Zeiss Sports Optics — Presenting Sponsor
Chaco Metal/New World Artisans (arts&crafts)
Claudia Schwalm Photography (arts&crafts)
Friends of San Pedro River (destination)
Tucson Audubon’s Habitat at Home Program
Hawaii Birding Babe (Nature Travel)
Hunt’s Photo & Video (all the gear!)
Icaro Birding Tours to Colombia
Marcy Gray Designs (arts&crafts)
Tucson Audubon Nature Shop (binoculars, arts&crafts, books)
Olympus American, Inc
Raebird Creations (arts&crafts) silk art demonstrations
Sabrewing Nature Tours
Saguaro National Park
San Diego Audubon & Bird Festival
Santa Rita Lodge
Tamron USA, Inc
Tucson Clean & Beautiful, with Trees for Tucson (plants)
Tucson Water — Sweetwater Wetlands, and more
University of Arizona Biosphere 2
Valley Nature Center & Chirp Bird Festival
Visit Tucson concierge services
Wil Taylor Art (arts&crafts)
Wildside Nature Tours
Western National Parks Association & Sunny Saguaro
WINGS Birding Tours Worldwide
Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
Pima County Joe D. Valdez Main Library Children's Services
Karen Krebbs, Daniel Grayson, Lisa Langell
Pima County Naturalist Jeff Babson
Lisa Langell, Kalen Pearson, Marc Morris courtesy of Tamron
Scott Bourne courtesty of Olympus America, Inc
for full details.