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Maricopa Audubon Society 65th Annual Banquet

  • Franciscan Renewal Center 5802 East Lincoln Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85253 United States (map)

6:00 pm Social hour: Raffle and Silent Auction

7:00 pm Buffet dinner: Cost $30 per person, $28 for Friends of Maricopa Audubon”.

Reservations Required and No Shows will be billed. You may register at the April 2nd Membership meeting, or emailing laurienessel@gmail.com

or by sending a check payable to

Maricopa Audubon Society

c/o Vicki Hire Treasurer

PO BOX 603

Chandler, AZ 85244

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Deadline to register is Friday, May 3, 2019.

Our agenda will include induction of our new Board and a presentation of the Ninth Annual Herb Fibel Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to the Maricopa Audubon Society.

PROGRAM: Mimicry in Birds with Rich Hoyer

While birding at Oregon's Finley National Wildlife Refuge in his teens, Rich Hoyer heard the most amazing thing - a Purple Finch incorporating sounds of a California Scrub-Jay in its jumbled song - and thought he had discovered something new, since such behavior wasn't mentioned in any field guide. Since then he's been fascinated and intrigued by mimicry in birds, collecting personal observations and recordings of the phenomenon. In this audiovisual presentation, Rich Hoyer will present examples of mimicry in songbirds from throughout the Americas and share his enthusiasm for this curious and often entertaining behavior. 

Born and raised in Oregon, Rich Hoyer earned his bachelors degrees in German and Zoology at Oregon State University. Following a few years as an itinerant biologist and summer guide on Saint Paul Island, Alaska, he moved to Tucson, Arizona and has been working as a professional birding tour leader for WINGS for the past 19 years. He leads tours to such exciting locations as Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, and Jamaica, but he also looks forward to his annual tours that explore the beauty and diversity of his home state.