Tech Night, April 9, 2013, Smartphones and Other Technology Helping Hikers and Wildlife in AZ

Desert Rivers Audubon's mobile birding sites app in development.

Desert Rivers Audubon’s mobile birding sites app in development.

Join us Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 7:00 pm, Gilbert Community Center, 130 North Oak Street, Gilbert for Tech Night-Smartphones & Other Technology Helping Hikers & Wildlife in AZ.

We’ll demonstrate our own app, 101+ Birding Sites-Phoenix  (available for iOS & Android), as well as eBird, the citizen science database from Cornell Lab of Ornithology used by tens of thousands of wildlife enthusiasts  for bird sightings & locations.
“I’ll also talk about apps used to identify native plants and Arizona Games & Fish Department’s mobile technology,” said Eileen M. Kane, Desert Rivers Audubon Communications Director and this night’s presenter. “We have free versions of our own app available as well.”

Jamie Bradford (far right), Desert Rivers Audubon's Education Director, works with developers from Spark Design, Tempe.

Jamie Bradford (far right), Desert Rivers Audubon’s Education Director, works with developers from Spark Design, Tempe.

Come early to browse our mobile book shop, visit, and discover volunteer opportunities with Desert Rivers Audubon.

FREE. Light refreshments served.

‘Second Chance for Wild Wings’ with Liberty Wildlife, part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, March 12

Join us Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 pm, Gilbert Community Center, 130 North Oak Street, Gilbert for Second Chance for Wild Wings as volunteers with Liberty Wildlife demonstrate the resilience and care required of injured Arizona wildlife.

Bring kids and cameras and be ready for raptor stare-downs.

Bring kids and cameras and be ready for raptor stare-downs.

Bring kids & cameras as we visit with some of Arizona’s most charismatic birds (which may include eagles, owls or hawks).
Come early to browse our mobile book shop, visit, and discover volunteer opportunities with Desert Rivers Audubon.
FREE. Light refreshments served.

Feb2012DRAS2Part of the Arizona Scitech Festival.

Spearheaded by Arizona Science Center, the Arizona Technology Council Foundation, Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona and over 350 organizations statewide, the Arizona SciTech Festival, held annually in February and March celebrates the scientific wonders, resources, and opportunities in our state and their potential global impact.

Protecting Arizona’s Environment – It’s worth it

Join Us at Environmental Day at the Capitol!

We hope you’ll join us for this fun annual event to show our legislators how much the people of Arizona care about our environment. Let legislators know that environmental protection is critical to a strong economy.

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8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

League of Cities and Towns,
Rm 101
1821 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Just west of the Capitol

RSVP

Meet with legislators as part of a group so they can hear first-hand how much Arizonans really do care about clean air, clean water, and having parks and wildlife now and in the future.

You can stop by for a short period or stay for the day. Carpooling is available from some locations, and a bus will be coming from Tucson to Phoenix.

Sandy Bahr, Chapter Director for the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter addresses over 100 participants at  last year's Environment Day.

Sandy Bahr, Chapter Director for the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter addresses over 100 participants at last year’s Environment Day.

Please plan to attend, and bring a friend!

For more information, please contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org.

Volunteers needed for Hope Kids birdwalks in January

Anne Koch,
Volunteer Coordinator,
Desert Rivers Audubon
atredray@gmail.com
kidsWe have 2 important events upcoming in the New Year for which we will need extra volunteers, both in our booth and to do birdwalks, with children and families. Both will be at Gilbert Riparian.
On Sat Jan 12th, from 9:15 am, we will be taking out families from the Hope Kids organisation. These families have children with severe disabilities and /or life threatening or chronic illness. Hope Kids organizes activities for these families each weekend.
On Sat  Feb 9th, from 9:45 am, we will be taking out families from the Foundation for Blind Children, whose purpose is to create opportunities for anyone with vision loss to achieve, and provide a support system for families. We will have birdsong recordings and tactile (hands on) activities for these children. You do not need to be an expert birder to help out as the birding will be very basic and you will be given information to help you make this a rewarding experience for both you and the children.
Liberty Wildlife will be doing a presentation for both groups and we will have a craft activity afterwards for them. Several members of the board have been working hard putting all this in place.
We will need help setting up, from 8:30 am, and with the crafts after the walk. We generally have an excellent turnout for both events, usually anywhere from 10 to 20 “Hope” families, and around 20 blind children, with their helpers.
Please let me know if you think you can help out in any way, or if you have any questions. These are such rewarding activities. The first birdwalk I helped with, was with the Hope Kids, and it got me hooked!
Thank you so much!

Gilbert Family Birdwalks Kick-Off the Fall Season: “Bird’N’Bikes,” Saturday, October 20

Desert Rivers Audubon Field Trips Director & Liberty Wildlife volunteer Susie Vaught with owl & friends.

Gilbert Family Birdwalks resume in cooling fall temperatures, Saturday, October 20, 2012, 8am-noon, at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, 2757 East Guadalupe Road  Gilbert.

Our Kick-off theme is “Birds’N’Bikes.” The Gilbert Riparian Preserve lies at the crossroads of the Western and Eastern Canal Paths which feature both Multi-Use Trails & Paved sections.
Families, bike commuters and urban trail fans can join in Biking to the Birdwalk which highlights the Audubon at Home Arizona program — promoting positive change in our daily activities to make life on Earth more sustainable. The Town of Gilbert is also a Bicycle Friendly Community.
Desert Rivers Audubon volunteer guides highlight native birds and other wildlife living & migrating through the preserve during walks happening throughout the morning. Multiple Birdwalks occur between 8am to noon.
Liberty Wildlife will have rehabilitated raptors on display.
Desert Rivers Audubon’s mobile book shop will have nature guides and children’s books as well as bird watching supplies available for purchase.
Binoculars will be available for loan as well as Bird Bingo games at no charge.

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These free walks are sponsored by Desert Rivers Audubon, The Riparian Preserve of Gilbert, and Liberty Wildlife.

Desert Rivers Audubon’s mobile book shop with children’s activity books and nature guides will be at Gilbert family Birdwalks.

Your Yuma: Visit Another World in Southwestern Arizona (without leaving the East Valley) April 10, 2012

Henry Detwiler discusses southwestern Arizona natural History April 10th @ Desert Rivers Audubon's monthly meeting.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7-8:30pm, Gilbert Community Center, 130 North Oak Street,  Gilbert, Henry Detwiler, past President of the Southern Illinois Audubon Society & member of the Arizona Rare Bird Committee, guides us through the natural history of southwestern Arizona. Detwiler is the author of Finding Birds in Yuma County, Arizona & co-author of Finding Birds at the Salton Sea and in Imperial County, California.
Finding Birds in Yuma County ArizonaCome early to browse our mobile book shop, visit, and discover volunteer opportunities with Desert Rivers Audubon. Learn about our Burrowing Owl Habitat opening at the end of April at Zanjero Park, Gilbert. We’ll brief everyone on our painting day at the Hummingbird Habitat at Desert Breeze Park, Chandler, April 14, 8-10am. Light refreshments served (last meeting until Sept.)

#FreeOwls: Burrowing Owl Habitat Project Continues @ Zanjero Park, Gilbert

Our Burrowing Owl Project @ Zanjero Park, Gilbert continues March 31st, 8-noon.

Zanjero Park, 3785 S. Lindsay Rd., Gilbert

We’ll be putting up a release tent and about 1pm the birds arrive to be released into

Volunteers help install artificial Burrowing Owl burrows @ Zanjero Park, Gilbert, October 2011.

the tent. The owls remain in the tent for another month to acclimate to the park and then we’ll release them to the artificial burrow habitat our volunteers installed in October in about 30 days (end of April). We have Maricopa Community Colleges Service Learning credits available for this project. Contact us for more info.

 

Steve Thomas, with Wild At Heart (our partners in this project) is coordinating more burrowing owl projects. Contact him for more info: stevepthomas@cox.net.