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Ironwood Festival, 2010


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Tucson Audubon Society’s new Mason Center hosts a fabulous festival this Saturday, and I mean fabulous. It’s a cool new event, called The Ironwood Festival. You will learn about birds from bird experts, and you’ll also meet people with a passion for the Sonora Desert and nature. Why don’t you take along a picnic lunch? Or you can buy a hot dog if you’d rather. They’ll have a band there at lunch (A Ray of Hope) and you can relax and enjoy the music. But until then, there is a FULL schedule of cool events.

You”ll want to arrive a wee bit early (like 8:00 AM). Rumor has it that Jim Dawson of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum will be over at the Tucson Audubon booth with a live raptor. Jim is the one in charge of the amazing raptor free flight demos that run in cooler months at the museum. Come out and meet Jim and a raptor.

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Jim Dawson and a Harris Hawk

Migrant Birds of the Saguaro-Ironwood Forest” Paul Green, Executive Director of Tucson Audubon Society will talk about the migration of White-winged Doves, Purple Martins and Costa’s Hummingbirds. After the talk, visit the Tucson Audubon booth to play the Migration Game and experience a bit of the life of a Purple Martin!
Native Trees and Carbon Sequestration” Jane Poynter of The Local Trust, a locally-based carbon credit program, will discuss the carbon sequestration effect of mesquites and palo verdes then demonstrate an area of the Mason Center property that is being revegetated with some of these trees.
Ironwood Forest National Monument” Lahsha Brown, Executive Director of Friends of Ironwood Forest will talk about this wonderful treasure that can be found just a short drive from Tucson
Native Plants and Their Pollinators” Cynthia Reiners of Arizona Native Plant Society shares wonderful stories of gardening with native plants and the types of pollinators that will visit such gardens. A great talk for the whole family!
The Flora of Ironwood Forest National Monument” For over 20 years, John Wiens of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum has explored and documented the incredibly diverse flora of this Monument. This is a talk for anybody who loves discovering how unique ecological niches can define a place and looking a pictures of awesome plants!
“Arizona: Herp Heaven” Ed Moll of the Tucson Herpetological Society has a great way with the snakes, lizards, turtles and other herps of Arizona, and an even better way of sharing his knowledge with people! Lots of live critters to see in this presentation, including a Gila Monster.

Trail walks led by Desert Harvesters, 8:30 – 11:30 am:
Edibles in the Ironwood Forest” Join Desert Harvesters for a short walk to learn about harvesting and processing ironwood pods and how to plant and care for ironwood trees and native desert edible gardens at your home. You will learn some basics about harvesting rainwater and will find out what other edible wild desert foods you can plant and harvest – including mesquite, cholla, prickly pear and palo verde.

Family Activity Booths, 8 am – 12 noon:
Tucson Audubon Society- learn the basics of bird identification, play the Migration Game and more!
Friends of Ironwood Forest-
Bureau of Land Management: Ironwood Forest National Monument
Arizona Native Plant Society- make a native bee house to encourage native bees to reside in your garden and pollinate your plants! Africanized bees will NOT use these houses!
Tucson Herpetological Society- a visit with their live snakes will teach you a lot!

Come early for the best selection of field guides, naturalist essays and more. We have a huge variety of local and international bird books, plant guides and other interesting nature-related items. Funds will be used to support Tucson Audubon Society

LUNCH with A RAY OF HOPE BAND, 12 – 1 pm
Bring a picnic lunch or buy a hot dog and enjoy the music of A Ray of Hope Band!

  • Where: Tucson Audubon Society’s, 8751 N. Thornydale Rd. Tucson, AZ 85742 (520) 971-6238 (SW corner of Thornydale Rd. and Hardy Rd.)
  • When: Saturday, May 15, 2010, from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • How much: Free

Photo by Kate Reynolds. All rights reserved.

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