Mission: To promote the protection and stewardship of southern arizona's biological diversity through the study and enjoyment of birds and the places they live.
Programs: Tucson audubon society promotes the protection and stewardship of southeast arizonas biological diversity through the study and enjoyment of birds and the places they live. We work to connect the people of southeast arizona to their natural world through birds so they will protect and use our natural resources in a responsible and sustainable manner. Founded in 1949, tucson audubon society is southeast arizonas leading nonprofit engaging people in the conservation of birds and their habitats. We involve people through recreational birding, extend their horizons through education activities and engage them in conservation actions from planting trees and counting birds, to working with local, state and national policy makers. Some of tucson audubons work includes: in february 2014, tucson audubon society took title to the paton center for hummingbirds from the american bird conservancy, which purchased it from the family. This unique and special place will now be preserved for generations to come as a place where people from all over the world can come to see rare birds. For over thirteen years, tucson audubon has been coordinating the arizona important bird areas (iba) program as part of a global initiative to identify the most important sites for native birds throughout the world. As one of the most active and involved iba programs in the united states, the arizona program stands out for its data-driven approach and impressive volunteer participation. Four years ago, tucson audubon began coordinating the annual tucson bird count. This count successfully completed its 15th annual urban bird count in the spring of 2014. Tucson audubon coordinated this citizen-science effort with a strong conservation goal. In 2015, on behalf of the forest service, tas conducted surveys of yellow billed cuckoos throughout southeast arizona sky islands, leading to additional critical habitat designations. Tas regularly partners with federal agencies to conduct citizen-science research on birds and their habitats. The tas restoration team collaborates with area ngos, state and federal governments, and private entities to restore lands to suitable bird and wildlife habitat. Tas engagement staff worked with area youth, particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances, to learn about, enjoy and experience the natural world, especially birds. Tas field trip programs offer hundreds of people of all ages the opportunity to observe and experience birds and their habitats in their natural settings throughout southeast arizona and beyond. Tas adult education programs provide engaging and informative programs for adult learners.