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.
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. Except
for the September meeting which will be our annual potluck starting
at 6:30. Each attendee is invited to bring a platter of his or
her favorite h'ors de oeuvres, sufficiently large enough to serve at
least six people. We'll provide the eating utensils, the
plates, and the drinks, bring a friend and enjoy swapping birding
stories. The regular meeting will begin at 7:30. Meals average about
$5.00 with a variety of choices on the menu.
Rupp Birds of the Salt River Gillespie Dam to Coon Bluff.
The owner of Rupp Aerial Photography, Inc., Mike
Rupp successfully combines vocational and life interests.
His documentary-style video presentation contains
superb footage of birds and assorted creatures along this
stretch of the Salt River.
Having flown and birded around the Phoenix area for
twenty years, Mike has just published The
Birdseye Guide to 101 Birding Sites, Phoenix.
This book is currently available directly through Rupp
Aerial (602-277-0439), at the Wild Bird Center in north
Scottsdale, and at the Phoenix and Mesa locations of Wide
World of Maps. Additional
outlets will be available in the future.
Mike has graciously agreed to have copies of this book
for sale and will do a book signing for those interested. (www.ruppaerialphoto.com,
select Birding Guide on the home page.
Burns El Canelo
Ranch, Texas. Jim
Burns, MAS writer/photographer, highlights his partnership in
the 2002 Valley Land Fund Photo Contest with Monica and Ray
Burdette, owners of El Canelo Ranch, north of Raymondville,
Texas. The ranch
is known in the birding world for the Ferruginous Pygmy-owls
nesting in the yard at the inn.
Jim is a regular contributor to the Wren-dition through
the Photo Quiz and articles on Arizonas Special Species.
Moulton Beyond Birds Dragons and Damsels in Arizona
Weve all seen them those creatures with
gossamer wings, hovering and zipping about, sometimes found in
a shrikes beak! Join
us for a glimpse into the world of dragons and damsels
(dragonflies and damselflies) and you will be amazed at their
attitudes, habits and colors.
Trained as a
MAS member Pete Moulton has been an avid birder and naturalist
for over 30 years. He
has a life-long interest in . photography,
and became fascinated with photographing these diminutive
animals that share many habitats with the birds we all enjoy
theyre always around water?
Are they territorial?
Join us for an engaging evening among Arizonas
dragons and damsels
Dan Fischer Early Southwest Ornithologists On The Trail Of Pioneering
is very pleased to have Dan Fischer as the guest speaker for
our annual banquet. Dan
has traveled the southwest for over fifty years, photographing
birds and exploring our diverse environments.
Dan and his wife live in a stone house in the
Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona, which he says
isnt as warm or as cool as you would think it should be!
He will be talking about his recent book, which reveals
the regions avian diversity as he traces 100 ornithologists
from 1528 to 1900. As
Col. Thomas Henry wrote in 1853, there are to be found many
curious birds, peculiar to the country.
Copies of the book will be available for sale and Dan
has graciously agreed to do a book signing for those who are
plan to attend our last event until next fall.
(for more information on the book, visit www.uapress.arizona.edu
and type Dan Fischer in the search bar.)
you have ideas for speakers, or if you would like to make a
presentation yourself, please contact Cynthia Donald, Program
Chair, at (602) 791-5157 or email@example.com.
MEETING & BANQUET
Richard & Karen Kaiser
|Maricopa Audubon Web
INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE
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
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.
feels odd to be thinking about our Annual Meeting and Banquet
in January, when it is not until May, but with quarterly Wren-ditions,
thinking ahead is necessary.
May 6, 2003, Maricopa Audubon Society will celebrate the
completion of its 50th year of providing a meeting place,
programs, and activities of interest to birders and would-be
birders, and of fighting to save those special places where a
wide variety of avian wildlife can be found.
Come share the fun, toast our accomplishments, elect a
new board, and enjoy an excellent program, at Shalimar Country
Club, 2032 E. Golf Ave., Tempe (one block north of Southern,
midway between Price and McClintock).
are pleased to present as our guest speaker, Dan Fischer, who
lives in a stone house in the Chiricahuas, and who has
traveled extensively photographing birds and exploring
Arizona's diverse environments for over 50 years. Dan is the author of "Early Southwest Ornithologists-On
the Trail of Pioneering Birders," in which he traces 100
ornithologists who birded Arizona between 1528 and 1900.
Copies of his book will be available for sale, and he
has graciously agreed to do a book signing for those who are
buffet dinner, which will feature cuisine to suit everyone's
taste, will be $25 a person ($22.50 with your 'Friends'
membership card). The
cash bar and hospitality hour will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the
buffet will begin at 7:00.
Dress is casual.
are a must. Make
your reservations early by calling Herb Fibel at (480)
966-5246, or Cynthia Donald at (602) 791-5157.
You may pay at the door or you may mail your check to:
Herb Fibel, Treasurer, 1128 E. Geneva Drive, Tempe, Arizona,
is going to be a very special event that you won't want to
Committee for Annual Board Elections:
the back page of the Wren-dition you will find the names of the
present officers and directors of Maricopa Audubon.
You will probably note that many of these people have been on
the board for a long time. However,
it is not because any of these people have a "lock" on any
of these positions. Au
contraire, it's because we have not been able to find anyone else
willing to undertake any of these tasks.
If you would like to serve in any position on the board, you
need only be a National Audubon member assigned geographically to
this chapter, or a local member or "Friend".
Just let a member of the nominating committee know of your
interest, and your name will be placed in nomination at the annual
Nominating Committee for the upcoming MAS year is: Jim and Lynn
Blaugh, (Co-chairs), (480) 491-2509; Polly Schmidt, (480) 946-7526;
and Charlotte Norrid, (480) 967-4957.
Basha's donates to
Help Preserve Arizona:
Give the cashier the charity code #29039 between 9/1 and 1/31
each year and Basha's will donate 1% of your total to 18
conservation & environmental groups including: az wildlife
federation, audubon arizona, tucson audubon, native seeds/SEARCH,
grand canyon trust, gray hawk nature center, oracle land trust,
trout unlimited, wild at heart, az recycling coalition, southwest
wildlife rehabilitation & education foundation, az association
for environmental education, mcdowell sonoran land trust, willow
bend environmental education center, four corners school of outdoor
education, grand canyon wildlands council, maricopa audubon society,
and land & water fund of the rockies.
For more information go to www.efaz.org
or call 480-969-3682.
suffered much damage in the April fire that swept through the ranch.
There is both an immediate and a long-term need for
volunteers to assist with a wide-range of tasks as the Research
Ranch implements a recovery and restoration plan.
If you are interested in helping please call Sam Campana at
602 468 6470 for information. Please
do not just show up without calling.
Birdseye Guide to 101 Birding Sites, Phoenix: A new guide published by Rupp Aerial Photography.
The maps are excellent, it is all in color and is $23.95.
For more information check www.ruppaerialphoto.com.
Also catch the author, Mike Rupp, at February's meeting.
February 15-24, 2003. Under a license from the U.S. Treasury
Department, Grand Canyon University is offering an adult education
class on the birds of Cuba that includes a 10 day trip to the major
birding areas of Cuba. The
focus of the trip will be to locate and study the 21 endemic birds
of Cuba, as well as birds rarely found elsewhere in North America
(Ivory-billed woodpecker?!?) The
cost is between $2,500 and $3,000.
Linda and Tom Rawles will be leading the trip.
For more information contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (602) 279-5900.
a detailed itinerary email the editor and it can be sent via email.
In Winging It,
ABA's newsletter, is information for 2 more approved study trips to
Cuba. These trips are
sponsored by Manchester Community College.
For information contact Gary Markowski at 860-354-5590 or email@example.com. The dates are February 13-22 and February 27- March 8.
you looking for a fun way to volunteer
by sharing your birding skills? Boyce Thompson
Arboretum is looking for birders who would like to lead bird
walks. BTA offers guided birdwalks each Sunday morning from
8:30-10:30 during the spring and fall migrations. The spring
series runs Feb. 16th through early May. A crew of volunteers
rotate birdwalk duties. Contact Paul Wolterbeek,
Volunteer Program Coordinator,
Feb. 22, Pete Dunne will be our celebrity leader on the last
Hawk Stalk of the season. The cost is $100 per person, and the
trip will be limited to 10 participants (we already have 4 but
will keep a waiting list).
For more information, call at 520-432-1388, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or check out the web at www.sabo.org/news.htm.
Birding Class by Herb Fibel:
March 20. The
classes are sponsored by the Tempe Parks and Recreation
Department, Outdoor Recreation Section, and will take place on
Thursday evenings from 7-8 p.m., at the Pyle Adult Center in
the city complex at Rural and Southern.
The class runs 7 weeks and will include 3 field trips. If you would like to learn basic bird identification skills,
this class is for you. You
don't need to live in Tempe to sign up, but pre-registration
is a must. Tempeans
can register February 18th or thereafter, and non-Tempeans can
register February 24th and thereafter.
Be sure to call (480) 350-5200 and ask for Lynda Myers,
ALEUTIAN GOOSE FESTIVAL:
Celebration of Wildness, March 21-24, 2003. 140 Marine
Way-Crescent City, California 95531, 707-465-0888 ~ email email@example.com,
check out the web site at www.redwoodlink.com/soar.
Once on the Endangered Species List with only 800 birds, this
magnificent goose now numbers 40,000+ and has joined the elite
group of species that have recovered enough to be taken off of
the endangered list. Our festival guests are treated to the
sight of tens of thousands of these birds lifting off Castle
Island at dawn filling the sky over the Pacific.
June 2-8, 2003 in Eugene, Oregon.
Call the ABA or check their website for more
birding and nature festivals.
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
information, contact Laurie Nessel at (480) 968-5614 or firstname.lastname@example.org
you have an interesting story to tell about birding? Please forward your submissions
to the EditorDeva 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
MEMORIAM, JOYCE FIBEL
Audubon Society lost a longtime, dedicated member when Joyce
Fibel, 76, passed away on November 14th. Joyce, wife of Herb
Fibel, served MAS in various capacities over the years
including secretary and mailing chairman. Birding is an
obsession for many of us and it was heartwarming to see Joyce
and Herb enjoy and promote birdwatching together.
Witzeman told me about the time he and Herb and Joyce were
passing through Gila Bend on a birding trip.
They stopped at a Dairy Queen-like store on the east
side of town. While
they were ordering, Joyce remarked that she had worked there
some 40 years ago. She
had an interesting time reminiscing with the store's staff
about the "good
days." That was when Gila Bend was on the main road to
the coast. So
many of our chapter members in these earlier times must have
unknowingly met and been served by Joyce.
the years, Joyce was always most gracious and generous at
sharing her home and her time on behalf of the chapter. She
was also an accomplished pianist and talented still-life
painter. She was originally from Toledo, Ohio. We will miss
in Joyce's memory can be made to the Maricopa Audubon Society,
Foundation for Senior Living, The Alzheimer's Association or
Hospice of the Valley.