Events & Programs From the Editor Notes & Announcements Birdathon Conservation - U.S. Songbird Survival Photo QuizBirder's Corner - Parallels with the Past Birder's Corner - Kenn Kaufman Captivates Considerable Crowd Field Trips  • Photo Quiz AnswersAZ Special Species - Rufous-Backed Robin  SightingsSpecial Note - Thanksgiving Bird Count Christmas Bird Count Schedule 2001-2001 

Cooper's Hawk (Juvenile) photographed by  Jim Burns at Mesquite Wash 10/01 with Canon EOS A2 body, Canon 400mm f/2.8 lens, and Fujichrome Velvia filam.



Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, September-April, at the Phoenix Zoo Auditorium.  Meetings start at 7:30, and feature a speaker, book sales, refreshments, and a chance to socialize with fellow MAS members.  Non-members welcome!

Join us for a pre-meeting dinner at Pete's 19th Tee, 1405 N Mill Avenue, Tempe (at the Rolling Hills Golf Course) starting at 6:00 p.m.  

November 6. Bob Stewart:  butterflies:Their relationships to and interaction with other life forms.  Bob will sell and sign copies of his new book - Butterflies of Arizona.

December 4: Roseann Hanson: natural history author and executive director of southern Sky Island Alliance, will give a talk about the Alliance's Wildlife Monitoring Program.   The monitoring program is unique approach to conserving wildlife corridors using "citizen scientist" volunteers to gather data on regularly monitored transects.  Phase I of the program centers around corridors between the San Pedro River and the Dragoon and Whetstone Mountains.  She will also bring copies of and talk briefly about her new natural history guide to the Sand Pedro River, published in September by the UA Press

January  8:  Doug Alexander    topic: TBA

February 5: Gunnar Engblom, a biologist and scientific coordinator for a Peruvian NGO called Ecosistemas Andinos
(ECOAN).  His passion is bird conservation especially Polylepis forests near Cusco.  He will talk about his treks into un-birded areas, his discovery of a new wren species and the first sighting of a rare Tinamou after 100 years.

March 5: Dr. David L. Pearson, professor of biology at ASU.  His topic will be Why are there more bird species some places than others?

April 2:  Madhusudan Kattie from the ASU LTER project will speak on the birds and wildlife conservation of India.

May 7:  Dr. Bob Ohmart, Professor of Biology at ASU will Speak on the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge - Tantalizing and Undiscovered Jewel.

Speakers wanted:  If you have ideas for speakers, or if you would like to make a presentation yourself, please contact Laurie Nessel, Program Chair, at (480) 968-5614 or
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  By Deva Burns


Activist Alert: 
Shawn Bauer 

Arizona Audubon 
Council Rep:

Herb Fibel 

Bird Alert 

Book Store
Richard & Karen Kaiser

Field Observations
Janet Witzeman

Jeanine Baker

Web Page
Michell Fulton

Maricopa Audubon Web Site 


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.

As you may or may not have noticed, we have switched to the 4 issues per year beginning with this issue.  For no particular reason, other than it is convenient, I have called this the Winter issue.  Thus, the next issue will be Spring and so on.

Do you use those increasingly popular 2-way radios while birding in the field?  Their use has grown significantly in the past couple years.  So much so, the ABA committee has felt it necessary to issue FRS (Family Radio Service) guidelines for birders.  Channel 11, subcode 22 has been recommended as a continent-wide standard for communication by birders in the field.  The advantages for this one channel for birders are numerous, the main one being the ability to monitor the channel for the location of birds (rare or otherwise) by parties other than you immediate group.  It is also recommended that if you need to discuss something other than birds, you switch to another channel and or subcode.  Ultimately, as in the ABA Code of Birding Ethics, common sense should always be at the forefront.  If you would like more information, please go to the ABA website:

Be sure you check out the Christmas Bird Count list in the back.  Several of the counts did not have their dates decided before the Wren•dition deadline. However, all of the counts have a compiler with phone number and an e-mail address if they have one.  Did you know there was such a thing as a Thanksgiving Bird Count?  I didn't until I received a letter from Dr. John G. Hewston.  also, in Notes and Announcements, there are listed numerous birding festivals with a website to look for more.

I hope you enjoy this issue.  Additionally, I hope you can make time to take part in festivals, birdathons, or bird counts.  The events of September 11 affected me profoundly.  I have found that thinking again about the When•dition and birding has relieved some of the stress of that horrific day.  I would encourage you to also try for the normalcy that our feathered friends can provide.  Finally, I hope you flood my e-mail with your winter birding tales for the Spring issue.


New Field Trip Chairman Needed - Mike Baker has taken a job out of state.  This vacates the Field Trip chairman position.  If you are interested, please contact a Board Member.

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival will be held November 14-18, 2001 in Harlingen, TX.  For information, call 800/531-7346 or

Wings Over Willcox Festival is January 18-20–This 9th annual event is built around the Sandhill Cranes that winter by the thousands in the Sulphur Springs Valley. The schedule includes full  and half-day field trips to find wintering cranes, hawks shorebirds and passerines. Field trip fees vary. Contact the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture sponsoring organization for additional information at 800-200-2272 / 

ABA Regional Conference in Miami, FL, January 18-22, 2002.  Bird the Everglades and Loxahatchee NWR. For  more information call 800/850-2473 ext 233.

Friday-Sunday April 19-21
Yuma Birding Nature Festival–April 19-21.  Contact: Yuma Convention & Visitor’s Bureau at 800-293-0071 or

 Friday-Sunday April 27-29
Verde Valley Birding Festival
April 27-29.  Contact: Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce at 520-282-2202 or 


Annual ABA Convention in Duluth, MN, June 10-16, 2002.  Information to follow

More birding and nature festivals. 

Audubon Adventures:  Give the gift of discovery and share your love of the environment.  The program is designated for students in grades 4-6.  Introduce an entire classroom (up to 32 students) to the wonders of nature for just $35 (plus shipping charges).  You can select your favorite school or let Audubon do it for you.  For orders:  call 800/813-5037.

Maricopa Audubon T-Shirts are available for sale at member meetings or by mail. They feature a Barn Owl primary flight feather overshadowing the common and Latin names of birds found in Maricopa County. Long-sleeved shirts are available in Charcoal, Med, Large or XL, for $20.00. Add $4.00 shipping and handling for the first shirt, $1.50 for each additional shirt. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery. Make checks out to: Maricopa Audubon Society, 1128 E Geneva Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282. For info, contact Laurie Nessel at (480) 968-5614 or

Do you have an interesting story to tell about birding?  Please forward your submissions to the Editor—Deva Burns.  Check the back page for address/e-mail.  Actually, attaching an article to an e-mail is the absolute easiest way to submit an article.  If you have pictures or slides, you do need to send those to me directly.  Remember, all articles may not be published the first month after receipt.

Please Note:  We have a new web site address 

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Sirena Brownlee is the winner of the 2001 Birdathon.  She raised $265.00 which won her a 2 night stay at Beatty's Bed and Breakfast in Miller Canyon.  An anonymous gift of $2,000.00 brought the grand total of funds raised to $2,265.00.  A second prize form the Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon went unclaimed.  That the Birdathon could have had a better organization and membership involvement is a gross understatement.  I take full responsibility for this and with the experience of 2001 under my belt and with you help, I will endeavor to make 2002 a better birdathon year.  With our dues share from National Audubon being cut, it is more important than ever that we have a successful birdathon next spring.  Funds raised for Maricopa Audubon are needed for a wide variety  of purposes, including publishing and mailing out the Wren•dition, education conservation, guest speakers, and an annual donation to the Zoo for allowing us to hold our meetings there, to mention just a few.  So, be prepared for the call to contribute to the 2002 Birdathon, whether by volunteering on the committee, donating prizes, making a pledge, leading or joining a birding team.

What is Birdathon?
Birding teams of all experience levels take to the field for a competitive Bird Count. Pledges 

per  species or for fixed amounts are collected ahead of time.  Your team may bird state-wide, locally or simply be feeder watch for up to 24 hours during Birdathon Week.  Prizes are awarded for most species sighted, best bird sighting, most pledges collected, and best team name.  Top prize goes to most money raised.  Prize and cash donations are collected from the business and professional community.  You can help by having your employer match your pledges or donate a prize.  You can also help by providing contacts or soliciting donations.  Field trips during March, April and May will suggest a small donation to go towards Birdathon.

When is Birdathon?
Monday Aprill 22 - Sunday April 28, 2002, during peak migration.

Inexchange for their generous prize donations, I promised the donors a plug, so here it is.  Please consider patronizing our sponsor:

Sand Rita Lodge, HC 70, Box 5444, Sahuarita, AZ 85629, 520/625-8746, 

Beatty's Dead & Breakfast, 2173 E. Miller Canyon Rd., Hereford, AZ  85615-9967 520/378-2728,


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