Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival 2012

July 16, 2012 by  
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This celebration of the unique biodiversity of southeastern Arizona offers the opportunity to discover and enjoy the Sky Islands and Sonoran Desert as an educational experience. For more information visit www.tucsonaudubon.org

Dates: 15-19 August 2012
Venue: Riverpark Inn
City: Tucson
State: Arizona
Country: United States

Warblers – Specialty Workshop

July 16, 2012 by  
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The Tucson Audubon Society presents a Warbler Specialty Workshop with Homer Hansen. Learn to distinguish fall warblers, with key structural characteristics and species comparisons, along with warbler vocalizations. For more information visit the Tucson Audubon Society Website.

Dates: 23-25 August 2012
Venue: Tucson Audubon Society
City: Tucson
State: Arizona
Country: United States

2012 Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival

June 15, 2012 by  
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Located at the foot of the Huachuca Mountains, Cochise College in Sierra Vista will be the venue for the 2012 Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival. The festival program features 35 expanded field trips and more than 50 free programs covering a wide variety of topics. For more information visit the 2012 Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival Website

Dates: 1-4 August 2012
Venue: Conchise College
City: Sierra Vista
State: Arizona
Country: USA

Southwest Wings Festival

March 17, 2011 by  
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The 20th Annual Birding and Nature Festival in Sierra Vista, or Southwest Wings, is both educational and fun, as participants learn about birds, reptiles, mammals and insects in southern Arizona. The festival boasts a busy schedule of events including 40 field trips (including overnight trips), a welcome reception, keynote address by Scott Weidensaul (the title being “Living on the Wind: The Miracle of Bird Migration”) and movie night. There will also be a number of free programs, including Warbler identification, Butterflies for Birders, choosing and using optics, Bird identification, Hummingbirds of the US, Birding by ear, Arizona Dragonflies 101, Ants of Southern Arizona, Photo workshop, Hummingbirds 101 and so much more. Registration for the event can be done online.

Date: 3 to 6 August 2011
Venue: Cochise College Campus
City: Sierra Vista
State: Arizona
Country: United States of America

Montezuma Quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae)

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Cyrtonyx montezumae, or as it is more commonly known, the Montezuma quail, is seven inches in length and is a small, shy, stocky bird with round wings. It also has a short, rounded brown tail and is basically a ground-dwelling bird. This bird is mainly a Mexican species and can be found along the entire length of the western side of the country. The northern range of its territory goes into southern Arizona and New Mexico where they can be found in many small groups scattered in different mountain ranges. There are also small groups scattered in West Texas.

The adult male Montezuma quail has an attractive black and white harlequin face patterning and a dark brown belly. The male has a reddish-brown crest that goes backwards and covers his entire nape. The side of his breast and his flanks are a grey color with white spots speckled all over and the main part of his breast being a rich brown. His back is a dark brown with many reddish-brown colored streaks painted on and his wing coverts are also a brown color but have solid black spots to break the brown. Although the male has such decorative and bold patterning he is still relatively hard to spot, let alone study and census.

The female quail has an overall duller brown plumage in comparison to the male, with dark upper parts. She has the same black and white face patterning as the male but it is a more mottled brown and reddish-brown color. Like the male she also has a reddish-brown colored crest that covers the nape and she is touched all over with reddy-white streaks. The Montezuma quail is unlike any other quail because of its plumage and head shape. The female is however similar to the female Northern Bobwhite but the Montezuma quail has a darker belly.

These quails are secretive birds and it takes one quite a while to spot them in the grassy oak woodlands in the American Southwest and western Mexico. These beautiful birds in America are under threat because of the extensive habitat degradation and destruction that has taken place as well as the increased hunting that is taking place. Conservation efforts are being made to ensure the survival of a number of species of quails, including the fascinating Montezuma Quail.

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