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 Elf Owl -   Scorpion to Go, photographed  by Jim Burns in Pima County, AZ  on May 30, 2004, with Canon  EOS 1V body, Canon 400mm f/2.8  lens, and Canon Speedmaster 550EX flash.



September 2004 through May 2005 

Please join us for a terrific year of speakers with a wide range of topics - birding in Russia (or Kenya), hummingbirds or Costa Rica, discovering our North American owls, prowling with the Mexican jaguar, dealing with conservation issues in Utah and Arizona, updating on the Rio Salado Audubon Center, exploring the Gilbert Riparian Institute and learning all you wanted to know about the Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, September-MaySeptember through April meeting are held at at the Phoenix Zoo Auditorium, on Galvin Parkway between East McDowell Road and East Van Buren. Or May meeting is our Annual Banquet with a location to be announced.  The last three years banquet has been held at the Shalimar Golf Club in Tempe, but please check our web site or newsletter for the location for the May 2005 banquet.  

 Meetings start at 7:30, and feature a general membership meeting, a guest speaker, book sales, refreshments, and a chance to socialize with fellow MAS members.  Visitors are most welcome!  Although there is no charge to attend our general membership meetings, the Annual Banquet does require a dinner reservation and associated cost.

As always, our season will start with a potluck supper at the Phoenix Zoo - this one will be on September 7, 2004.  This meeting only will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Join us for a quiet dinner and conversation while we discover what everyone did on their summer vacation.  A  pre-meeting dinner at Pete’s 19th Tee, 1405 N Mill Avenue, Tempe (at the Rolling Hills Golf Course), will be in effect for the October through April meetings.  Come join us at 6:00 p.m. for a delicious meal (no-host), meet our guest speaker and say "howdy" to other birders.   Meals at Pete's  average  $5.00 to $7.00.


September 7, 2004  
David Reesor 
"Birds of Russia ant the Aleutians (Birds of Kenya)

Welcome David back for this third year of kicking off our season.  You may recall his splendid program on Iceland last year.  well, he has now traveled to Russia and the Aleutians Islands and to Kenya.  wichever trip he presents, you will be astounded by his superb photographs and wonderful story telling.

October 5, 2004  
Jim Burns  
"North American Owls: The Birds and the Book"

Join us for a multi-media presentation on North American Owls.  Him plans to center the program around the physical features of the owls, which set them apart from other birds and make them uniquely suited to the specialized niche they fill in our environment.  He will have copies of his new book available for sale and has graciously agreed to sign books after his presentation.  This boot is AWESOME!

November 2, 2004
 Rick Williams
"The Northern Jaguar Project"

Wild jaguars once roamed the Americas as far north as Pennsylvania and Washington.  Be the mid-twentieth century, they were all but forgotten, having been purged from their habitat in the southwestern United States by habitat loss and extermination.  In 1996, tow wild, free roaming jaguars were photographed in Arizona and New Mexico.  come and learn about the Northern Jaguar project and these secretive beauties.  We anticipate that the book, "Borderlands Jaguars: will be available for sale at this 

meeting. Dr. Carlos Lopez founded this project and wrote the book with Dave Brown.  Check it out visit learn about the Northern Jaguar project and these secretive beauties.  We anticipate that the book, "Borderlands Jaguars: will be available for sale at this meeting. Dr. Carlos Lopez founded this project and wrote the book with Dave Brown.  Check it out visit 

December 7, 2004
Connie Garter
"Queen Creek and the Resolution Copper Mine"

Oak Flat Campground, Apache Leap and the surrounding public lands have long been important recreation sites near Superior.  The "Friends of Queen Creek" are a grass-roots organization that is dedicated to ensuring that access to Oak Flat and the surrounding public lands be maintained.  Currently, the Resolution Copper Company is exploring development alternatives to tap a large ore body in this area.  See how this area exists today and learn bout the development proposals.  For more information visit 

January  4, 2005
Bob Brister
"Wild Utah: America's Red Rock Wilderness"

February 1 ,2005
Scot Anderson
"The Gilbert Riparian Institute"

March 1, 2005
Sam Campana
"Rio Salado Audubon Center:  At the Water's Edge"

April 5, 2005
  Bob Witzeman
"Hummingbirds of Costa Rica"

May 3, 2005
Troy Corman 
"Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas"

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Bequests are an important source of support for the Maricopa Audubon Society.  Your chapter has dedicated itself to the protection of natural world through public education and advocacy for the wiser use and preservation of our land, water, air and other irreplaceable natural resources.

You can invest in the future of our natural world by making a bequest in your will to the Maricopa Audubon Society .  Talk to your attorney for more information on how this can be accomplished.

Technology is a wonderfule thing.  this issue was organized sitting in my van in Madera Canyon using my laptop.  Jim was off sitting patiently at a waterhole.  there were only a few interruptions a Black-shinned Sparrow flew in the back door and out the side, and a pair of Scott's Oioles seemed to peer in wondering why I thought that was such a strange thing.  But on the flip side, it can cause glitches..

Be sure to check out our website at!

Although this issue of the Wrendition is labelled "Summer," preparation for its publication took place during the spring.  The balletic post-copulatory dance of the Black-necked Stilts on our cover is an evocative reminder of the renewal which spring brings to our natural world.

In this issue's two conservation articles we are reminded that if future generations are to experience this renewal we, the stewards of the present, must remain forever vigilant.  We must do whatever we can to see that Janet Witzeman's "Field Observations" feature remains at two pages or expands!

A wonderful start toward this goal was made this spring with the first Tres Rios Birding Festival.  Communities across the United States have found that birding festivals bring dollars to their coffers and provide education to both locals and visitors.  The Tres Rios event, conceived and designed by our new Membership Chairman, the energetic and resourceful Mike Rupp, is slated to be an annual affair.  MAS was one of several sponsors of the highly successful two day event, and several MAS members volunteered in so many helpful ways, but a special thanks goes to Cynthia Donald who joined Mike Rupp's Planning Committee.

If you would like to help in any way with the renewal of our vows to maintain our natural environment, check out our website at www.maricopaaudubon.orgor contact an MAS board member.

by Laurie Nessell
Over a year ago, the MAS board initiated the Friends of Maricopa Audubon Society  (Friends) as a means of compensating for the reduced dues share from National Audubon Society (NAS). After a year of this experiment, we concluded that the objectives of the Society are not being met. The newsletter was reduced from bi-monthly to quarterly and was only mailed to Friends. Field trip participation dropped. Our conservation message was only reaching some 250 members. The board struggled with these changes and at our June meeting decided to revert to our original policy of mailing newsletters to all MAS members on a bi-monthly basis. Many Friends have recently re-subscribed, and we thank you. Your interest and loyalty is greatly appreciated. We sincerely hope that the value you receive as a Friend will make the $20 basic membership worth the cost. Friends will still get 10% off on books and banquet tickets and a free raffle ticket at each meeting. We hope that our field trips, conservation and education efforts will entice you to continue to support Friends. We may experience other changes as our relationship with NAS is ironed out, and we progress into the electronic age. Our sister chapter, the Sonoran Audubon Society, sends an email notice to its members when the newsletter is available to download from their website. We pondered that option but were concerned for members who don’t have computer access.  We are back in the position of having to compensate for the cost of the newsletter, our largest expense, without the dues share from NAS. We will maintain the Friends option for those who have the means and will to contribute. But we must also find other sources of revenue. The annual spring Birdathon was traditionally a significant fund-raiser but has languished in recent years. As president, mea culpa. Although the thought of fundraising creates angst, it is a basic necessity in any non-profit organization. To paraphrase President Kennedy, ask not what your Audubon chapter can do for you, but what you can do for your Audubon chapter!

Sometimes conservation issues get tedious and many of you are jaded and turn a deaf ear. But what is the alternative? Hedonistic birdwatching. Exploitation of our natural world for ones own pleasure. Not as contemptible as developers blading the desert, but nothing to be proud of either. In this golden age of birdwatching, superb optics and internet hotlines makes birding a competitive sport, while President Bush’s policies, traditional western land use and rampant population growth are destroying bird habitat at an explosive rate. For instance, did you know that Oak Flat campground, where Red- breasted Sapsucker, Lewis’ Woodpecker, Rufous-backed Robin and Varied Thrush have been seen is now threatened by a block caved copper mine? Hear about it at our September meeting or go to   We owe it to the birds, to our children and to ourselves to be their advocates, to fight for their existence, be aware of the issues, write our representatives, volunteer our time, educate the public and donate money to the cause. We are fortunate to have on our board two of the nations top conservationists, Bob Witzeman and Robin Silver, working immeasurable hours, gratis, on behalf of birds and the  

 environment. Listen to them. Support them. Help them. Many of you volunteer but events are not always scheduled in time for listing in this newsletter. Please visit the revamped volunteer and calendar pages on our website for volunteer opportunities such as Greg Clarks Burrowing owl relocations or Arizona Game and Fish Desert Tortoise or Native Fish monitoring. We are quite pleased to have a new education chair, Doug Green, fill the position that was vacant for a year. Doug could use help from those interested in giving programs or birdwatching with children or adults. You can call him at 480.998.5638.

Our new field trip chair, Marjorie Eckman, has been busy scheduling field trips for the ‘04-’05 season. She is also compiling email addresses from those interested in receiving time sensitive news or alerts. We will keep separate lists for volunteer opportunities, environmental alerts, or event notifications, reminders or changes. These lists will remain private. To register, contact Marjorie Eckman at 

I  also want to welcome Krys Hammers as our new secretary and Mike Rupp, who has been membership chair since last spring but not properly recognized in this newsletter. I look forward to an exciting year with our dynamic board.

After 27 years, the bylaws have been rewritten by committee to bring them up to date. In this issue, we are printing the revised bylaws in miniscule font in order to fit it in it’s entirety without squeezing out our regular features. Joke about reading the small print, but it is quite easy to read looking through your binoculars backwards (also a good substitute for a loupe in the field). We will have copies of the redacted version at the September and October membership meetings or by request from me for your perusal, and will vote on them at the November meeting. Please feel free to address your comments to any board member.

Arizona Native Plant Society Conference “Plants, Water, People”October 1-3, 2004.  The Arizona Native Plant Society is holding its annual conference at the Lake Pleasant Desert Outdoor Center. Arizona’s native plants are crucially interconnected with our native bird populations. Please join members of the ANPS for an informational conference to share ideas and work together to assure the survival of our unique native plant heritage for future generations. Hear speakers including Drs. Robert Ohmart and John Alcock, ASU; Brian Nowicki, Center for Biological Diversity and Mary Irish. Topics include the relationship between native plants and wildlife, landscaping with native plants, the effect of drought on our landscape, and managing threatened and endangered species in Arizona.

For more information or to register, contact MAS Education Chair, Doug Green 480.998.5638,, Laurie Nessel , 480.968.5614,, or the MAS or ANPS websites



Maricopa Audubon is back in the bird alert business, but the alert will only succeed if you intrepid birders take the time to share your interesting sightings.  this system differs from out old bird alert.  It will record the first 15 sighting reports.  After that, each new report will replace the oldest or earliest report on the tape.  Please leave your name, the date of your sighting, the name of the bird sighted, the location of the birds sighted, and a reference phone number, if you wish, for further information.  Interested birders reporting sightings, and looking for information on unusual alert number - (602) 795-0762.  thank you Harold Bond for setting this up and managing it for the Chapter.



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