Arboretum Bird Walks and Workshops with Rick Wright Aug. 6-8; weekday events Monday-Wednesday

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Rick Wright

  Specialized classes with and nature festival field trips with Rick Wright usually start at $30,  so don’t miss the chance to learn from this  ‘Ornithologist in Residence’ Aug. 6-8 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

  The New Jersey author is donating his time to raise awareness of the Arboretum, and funds for the gardens. Three days of  guiding early morning walks and specialized classes are included with $12.50 daily admission ($5 for ages 5-12); free to Arboretum annual members and Arizona State Parks pass-holders. Confirm details at  cals.arizona.edu/bta; or at facebook.com/btarboretum

Cardinal, January 2017 by Brendon Grice

  Rick Wright is well-known as a leader at Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and author of the American Birding Association’s Field Guide to Birds of Arizona. Raised in Nebraska, Rick studied French, German, philosophy, and life sciences there before earning higher degrees at Harvard and Princeton. He is also the author of the American Birding Association’s field guides to birds of New Jersey, and of the Peterson Reference Guide to North American sparrows. A prolific contributor to the birding literature and a sought-after lecturer on the nature festival circuit, his Arboretum events are included with admission – Rick’s goal is to boost BTA visitation during a slower season. Check out Rick’s website http://birdaz.com/blog/author/rick/

  Join the author for these:

• Monday, Aug. 6, Bird Walk 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.

  “Join me for an early morning exploration of the birds of this desert oasis. We’ll walk slowly on flat paths, pausing frequently to look at what we can expect to be a wide variety of breeders and migrants, from dazzling hummingbirds to rollicking woodpeckers and chats. We may also spend time just sitting at some of the park’s water features — letting the birds find us. Bring a notebook and pencil, a good hat and sunscreen, and plenty of water. After a break, join me  in the Lecture room for “Figuring out the birds” – a presentation at 9:30 a.m.”

• Monday, Aug. 6, “Figuring Out the Birds” indoor workshop, 9:30-11 a.m.  (no additional charge, included with $12.50 admission!). 

  Join Rick Wright for a cool indoor look into the history of our favorite pastime. Where does all the knowledge in the bird books come from, and who first put it all together? And what can we learn ourselves by retracing the steps of our ornithological forebears?   His informal workshop is included with $12.50 daily admission, and will teach you how to go beyond the field guides to get to know the people and the puzzles behind North American birding as we know it today.

• Tuesday, Aug. 7: “Bird Sit” from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. 

  “Don’t want to walk? Let’s sit and watch birds for two peaceful hours! We’ll install ourselves at one of the park’s irresistible water features, with convenient nearby parking – just a short walk, or wheelchair roll, away. We’ll wait for the birds to come to us, hoping for great views of Yellow and Lucy’s Warblers, Anna’s and perhaps Costa’s Hummingbirds, Abert’s Towhees, and Hooded Orioles; this time of year is always great for a surprise, too. Bring a notebook and pencil, a good hat and sunscreen, and plenty of water.”

• Tuesday, Aug. 7: Sparrows?!? 9:30-11 a.m.  (no additional charge, included with $12.50 admission!)

  The author of the Peterson Reference Guide to North American Sparrows, invites you for a cool indoor introduction to North America’s most fascinating birds, the sparrows. Yes, the sparrows! They’re not nearly as difficult and not nearly as dull as birderly tradition would have it. In addition to some identification secrets, we’ll learn about the natural and human history of these birds. You’ll never look at a sparrow the same way again. 

• Wednesday, Aug. 8: Bird Walk 6:30 to 8 a.m.

  “We’ll walk slowly on flat paths, pausing frequently to look at what we can expect to be a wide variety of breeders and migrants, from dazzling hummingbirds to rollicking woodpeckers and chats. Bring a notebook and pencil, hat and sunscreen, and plenty of water.”

Staff (5158 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Tesla car chargers installed on Main Street, Superior

    July 4th, 2019
    by

      Tesla, the electric car maker, recently contacted the Town of Superior offering electric car charging stations for Tesla vehicles. […]


    Superior students: school to start Aug. 1

    July 4th, 2019
    by

      Superior Junior and Senior High Students and the family and friends who love them should take heed of this […]


    Superior Optimist Club’s Magma Royale coming soon

    July 4th, 2019
    by

      The Superior Optimist Club will be hosting the 2019 Magma Royale fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 at the […]


    Imerys to host public meeting on pit expansion

    July 4th, 2019
    by

      Imerys Perlite Mine will be hosting an open public meeting on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 6 p.m. at […]


  • Additional Stories

    Head Start modifies services in Superior, offers a transition program for 3-year-olds and parents

    July 4th, 2019
    by

      In an effort to bridge the needs of the children of Superior, Mayor of Superior, Mila Besich, Superintendent of […]


    Hurts Donuts arrives in Superior

    July 4th, 2019
    by

      The fourth Friday, Farm to Fantastic Market was the host to the Hurts Donuts Emergency Donut Vehicle.  Superior won […]


    United Way of Pinal County: Who said Pinal County has a water problem?

    July 4th, 2019
    by

      As we prepare to say goodbye to the month of June, we would be remiss not to think that […]


    AZ Safety Solutions: Summer Heat Safety

    July 4th, 2019
    by

    By Karen Hauca Many of us are familiar with the Eddie Murphy movie Beverly Hills Cop.  While the theme song […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger