Sam Lena Park, Tucson, Arizona

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In my continuing tour of the many sites for birding here in the Tucson, Arizona area, I have run across the Sam Lena Park, and athletic complex. It is gonna take quite a bit of time to get thru all of Tucson’s Parks, but, I am going to give it my all and see if I can get some birds lists at every one of them before the end of the year. The post Sam Lena Park, Tucson, Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Sam Lena Park Southeast Arizona Birding Tucson Arizona

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Sulphur-bellied Flycatchers near Tucson

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The post Sulphur-bellied Flycatchers near Tucson appeared first on 10,000 Birds. South East Arizona is known for some truly amazing birding, and another one of the specialties that this area is known for is the Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher – Myiodynasters luteiventris. This bird is rarely seen in the US, other than here, where this boldly patterned bird actually somewhat common, especially up in the Madera Canyon area. Just another great reason to plan at trip to South East Arizona!

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The Little Big Year – Week 42: Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands.

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Just a few miles northwest of downtown Tucson, the Sweetwater Wetlands is truly a birding gem. The city of Tucson sends treated water through sediments beneath the recharged basins which then replenishes the local aquifer. The recovered wastewater is distributed for reuse in Tucson’s golf courses, parks, schools, and other large turf irrigation areas. The post The Little Big Year – Week 42: Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands.

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Why Tucson, for the birds of course!

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Now that Jeanne and I have settled here in Tucson, Arizona, we have been questioned by our friends dozens of times….Why Why Tucson? 10 countries, over 1300 bird species, and now I have limited my various twitches to just one county, Pima, which pretty much surrounds the greater Tucson Arizona. So, why Tucson, why not? This is the Violet-crowned Hummingbird that is a resident of the Tucson Audubon Society’s Paton Hummingbird center.

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Fall migration brings rarities to Tucson

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The Santa Cruz River flows right thru the middle of Tucson, and other than when we receive the heavy seasonal “Monsoon” rains, it is large, wide and completely dry. In the last few months, the City of Tucson has started using the treated gray water from the waste treatment plants, to provide some small amount of year round flow back to the river system. The post Fall migration brings rarities to Tucson appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Little Big Year-Week 37: Settling down in Tucson AZ

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Now that we have “settled” in Tucson, Arizona, or at least this is where the 5th Wheel is for the time being, it has been nice to be able to spread out a bit. This was the weather that greeted us when we made the 60 mile trip from Tucson, down to Patagonia, AZ and the Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds. The post Little Big Year-Week 37: Settling down in Tucson AZ appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Tucson AZ Little Big Year Paton Hummingbird Center

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Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Tucson, Arizona

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When we first landed here in Tucson, Arizona, fate worked her magic, and one of the first people I met was Luke Safford. Luke is a coordinator with the Tucson Audubon Society, and was incredibly helpful with getting my feet on the ground, as far as South East Arizona Birding. In addition, for the last four5 years he has lead a Wednesday morning walk at the famed Sweetwater Wetlands, Northwest of Tucson.

Tucson Eatery to Serve Lion Meat

Sustainability Ninja

If you find yourself hungry in Tucson, you might not want to stop by an eatery called Boca Tacos y Tequila , unless you feel like lion. Agriculture TucsonYes, lion. Starting Feb. 16, Boca will be offering their latest delicacy: African lion tacos. Owner Bryan Mazon started “exotic taco night” which includes alligator, elk, kangaroo, python, rattlesnake, and turtle and is adding lion to the menu to get some publicity, which is apparently working.

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Owls, Owls, and more Owls in SE Arizona

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They are located in the Santa Cruz Flats just north of Tucson, and are quite honestly, living right alongside the road. Birding burrowing owls Ferruginous Pygmy-owls Northern Pygmy-Owl Southeast Arizona Birding tucsonThe last couple of weeks have really been a boom for me personally, as far as spotting our local owls goes. Getting to actually see four species, in the last two weeks, and to hear two more is almost unheard of in my experience.

The Best Little Broken Home in Tucson. ~ Molly Knipe

Elephant Journal

I don’t have a doormat that says Welcome to Our Broken Home because to me it is not broken at all; it is the best little brick home, full of life and love, no more broken than the little brick houses scattering the street with the married people inside. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Family, Youth, Enlightened Education compassion family happiness life

Hot Birds at Agua Caliente Park

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Tucson, AZ, August 2012 – When you get a bunch of bird bloggers together, which you do you imagine comes first: birds or blogs? Swarovski Optik confirmed the obvious answer rather quickly when the SONA group invited a bunch of us to Tucson for a Social Media Summit. Just another lizard in a tree Agua Caliente, like every other place in the Tucson area, is also awesome for insects and herps. Trips Arizona bloggers Swarovski tucson

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When Jews get Bombed, we are all Under Attack.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society Love Non New-Agey Spirituality anti-semitism bomb threat David Ropeik prejudice Tucson Jewish community Center understandingSeeing police and police tape all around the building scared me, and the tribal instincts I didn’t even know I had immediately kicked in.

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Tucson Explorer II robotic Lake Lander to help combat eco disasters


B.Sameer Kumar: It has been just over a year since the horrible events that unfolded in Japan which to the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant leaking nuclear contamination into the adjacent ocean area. Experts claim that it would take another 40 years, at the very least, to clean up the mess. But even then those venturing for the cleaning process could be at risk of nuclear contamination.

A pelican in the poo pond

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One of the small cities south of Tucson Arizona, Amado, has a very small pond, right along highway 19, also known as the Nogales Highway.

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Arivaca Lake- The last stop before Mexico

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If they are passing thru Pima County, and the Tucson area, Arivaca Lake is the last stop for water before crossing the US/Mexico border. This 90 acre lake, managed by Arizona Fish and Wildlife is about a 45 mile drive from Tucson, and 9 miles from Mexico, as the Chihuahuan Raven flies. From my house in Tucson, it is about an hour and a half drive, on all paved road until the last 6 miles.

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The benefits of hurricanes in Southeast Arizona

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With the formation of last week’s hurricane, it delivered a Magnificent Frigatebird , a Wood Stork , and a Herring Gull to the Tucson area. Sunday afternoon, I arrived at the Tucson airport, and was immediately on the phone to local birder Brian Nicholas, hoping to get some word of the birds lingering presence. For the past few weeks I have been touting all the different reasons that Southeast Arizona is such an amazing area for birding.

I think this significantly enhances our bid for the Olympics*

Environmental Economics

The top four locations were San Antonio, Las Vegas, San Diego and Tucson. SmartAsset, a personal-finance technology company, has named Columbus the fifth best city in the country for conferences. The group’s report looked at nine metrics, including hotels and their cost, the violent-crime rate and the distance from the airport to the city’s center. It noted that Columbus has an average hotel room rate of $123, and that the average cost of a restaurant meal is low, at $22.

SE Arizona 10 day birding blitz!

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I had just wrapped up lending a hand with the Tucson Arizona South-east Birding Festival, my wife Jeanne was going out of town for those same ten days, local Tucson birding legend Brian Nicholas had offered to show me a few of his favorite, as yet unknown to me hot spots, and at the end of this marathon of birding, we are moving into a brand new, our first ever house, so my bird trips were going to be severely diminished while we moved in and got the house set up.

Arizona Airport Building Solar Array

Solar Power Ninja

The Tucson International Airport Board of Directors has decided to license 50 acres of its land to Tucson Electric Power Co. for the next 20 years. Analysts expect the photovoltaic system to be fully functional by the end of next year. The reason for the project, according to its planners at TEP, is a drive by the company to comply with aggressive state renewable energy laws that mandate utilities to increase their use of renewable energy by 15% by 2025.

Still chasing rarities in SE Arizona

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After an extensive year of travel in 2018, I have mainly focused on Pima County and the Tucson area for my birding. As we march ever closer to the end of 2019, I continue to marvel at the number of birds that pass thru, or reside in this relatively small area. The early part of the year found me learning my way around, and meeting some incredible people. This also provided me with the “Low Hanging Fruit” of birds, you know, the easy stuff.

The Little Big Year – Week 43: Last minute trip to Texas

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Things had just started to settle down a bit, now that we had parked the RV in Tucson. We left Tucson on Monday, and drove to Alpine, Texas for our first night. There better be at least 30” was that number she threw out at me, as we were driving away from Tucson. We were making some new birding friends, learning the local hotspots etc.

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The Little Big Year-Week 44: Off to the islands ‘Mon

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That was the best possible spot we could find from our Tucson base, and given our badly stressed budget. It just so happens, that there were some pretty decent priced flights out of Tucson, so Jeanne booked a couple of tickets, and then had to beat it back home from Texas. A 14 hour driving day got us to El Paso, and then a short drive the next day got us back in the Tucson area with a half day to wrap up some business, get packed and get to the airport by 4:30 Saturday morning.

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Hot Birds and Bloggers in Arizona

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I just returned from a phenomenal long weekend in Tucson, AZ where I participated in a really enjoyable event. This is Arizona This is Arizona This is Arizona! Our friends at Swarovski Optik organized a Birding Social Media Summit to discuss the many ways in which birding and socal media intersect. As you can imagine, I spent time with some extremely interesting individuals.

The Little Big Year-week 46: All this fun comes to an end

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When we returned to Tucson, from the Bahamas, I was approaching a milestone number, 1300 bird species, and drove myself hard, climbing, hiking, searching, and driving all over the state of Arizona looking for those last eight birds. Jean and Gary Siesener in Tucson, Az. Deborah Kaechele in Tucson, Az. We have arrived at the end of our little adventure, which has come to be known as “The Little Big Year”.

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South East Arizona’s Madera Canyon

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Now that Jeanne and I have finally settled on Tucson, Arizona at least for a while, I will pick up where I left off at the end of 2018. Located approximately 40 miles south of Tucson, Arizona, you travel on Highway 19 to Green Valley, and exit at Continental Road. A note of thanks to Corey and Mike, for their patience, while I took a break after a very busy 2018!!

10 Amazing Food Co-ops Across America

Green (Living) Review

At Food Conspiracy Co-op in Tucson, Arizona, community members teach courses; local nonprofits and schools apply for donations; and workshops on water harvesting and native trees take place. In 2013, the Co-op installed a rainwater harvesting system behind their kitchen with a grant from the city of Tucson. Cooperatively owned grocery stores exist all over the country.

Birding Arizona–style

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For birding Arizona-style, memorize these three overlapping locations southeast of Tucson: Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains in the Coronado National Forest. Coronado National Forest. Santa Rita Mountains. Madera Canyon. Pre-Internet, I got all my birding info from print magazines; and WildBird was my go-to back in the day. One particular issue had a feature on the birds of Madera Canyon, Arizona.

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of August 2012?

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You’ll find me in the area of Tucson, Arizona with a number of other people you probably know. Is it possible to travel too much during the summer? My typical response any season would be a resounding NO, but then again I’m usually battling a chronic case of wanderlust. But I’ve been on the move a lot lately at a time when responsibilities in my home territory continue to mount. One wonders how birding tour leaders and industry reps manage to embrace life on the road.

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Aquaponics Revolutionizes Local Food Growing by Recycling 90% Water

Green (Living) Review

2013 Aquaponics Conference Highlights Technology in Tucson, AZ from September 20-22 TUCSON, AZ, July 2013 (WORLD-WIRE) With U.S. Tucson Mayor Johnathan Rothschild has proclaimed Friday, Sept. society challenged by the increasing needs for locally-grown healthy food, water conservation in drought-like conditions across the Southern and Western U.S., and the global need to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, aquaponics becomes increasingly important.

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Saguaro National Park: Cacti as Oases in the Desert

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Much like how Everglades National Park flanks the western border of metropolitan Miami, Florida, Saguaro National Park flanks both the eastern and western outskirts of Tucson, making for easy access to residents and tourists alike who spend time in that city.

Arizona Republicans planning to make protest illegal

Green (Living) Review

Steve Farley, D-Tucson, is that the person who may have broken a window, triggering the claim there was a riot, might actually not be a member of the group but someone from the other side. [.] Steve Farley, D-Tucson, is that the person who may have broken a window, triggering the claim there was a riot, might actually not be a member of the group but someone from the other side.

The new solar sculpture at TIA captivates visitors with its ever changing colors and patterns


Pratima Kalra: Considered to be the Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission, the new solar sculpture at Tucson International Airport links the history of the region with its technological future. The sculpture is encircled by six circular medallions, which depict the past and the present of Tucson through images. One such image shows Tucson’s first flight in 1910; another one shows a woman harvesting saguaro fruit.

Little Big Year – Week 36: Southern New Mexico hotspots.

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We are now headed to Tucson, Arizona, where we will park the 5th wheel for an extended amount of time, possibly as long as March 1st. There are a few places left to check out locally before we leave, once we are settled in Tucson. Rarely am I caught too off guard, when it comes to visiting a National Refuge. Most of the time, I know enough about an area, or have done some research into what is found there, that I am pleasantly surprised at best.

The Littel Big Year – Week 45: Wrapping up the Bahamas

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We have escaped the clutches of the Bahamas, and are finally back “home” in Tucson, Texas. The return home included a total of 5 ½ hours of flight delays, one missed flight, and we subsequently missed the entire town of Charlotte, North Carolina. We did however gain an extra night, at our expense in Miami, Florida, all of which was in the dark, so I could not even run out and put a couple of birds on a Florida State List.

Jared Loughner Parents Kept to Themselves

Sustainability Ninja

Congress on Your Corner – that was what Gabrielle Giffords had set up outside a Tucson Safeway in an attempt to meet and greet the citizens of the Arizona city. Tonight, federal murder charges have been filed against Jared Loughner, the 24-year-old who shot Giffords in the head, then fired round after round into the crowd surrounding her table, killing six others and injuring twelve. Now more details are coming out about the disturbed young gunman.

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Ten Ways To Be A Better (Online) Birder

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For example, and I expect a few of you know what I am referring to… if you photograph a “goshawk” in the middle of Tucson, and the area’s leading birders and everyone else tells you it’s a Cooper’s Hawk …you should listen to them. Report the rare birds you see, including known “continuing” rarities. This is a no-brainer. Sometimes, report the rare birds you DON’T see. This could be very helpful to those debating a chase trip.

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The Sustainable and Sleek 2013 Lexus ES

Eco Chic

Eco Chick was invited by Lexus to attend the ESPN Women and Sport’s Summit in Tucson, Ariz. Lexus — the presenting sponsor of the summit — gave me the opportunity to test drive the new 2013 Lexus ES Hybrid around the open roads of Tucson (which enabled me to take it for a true spin!). Driving through Tucson, I kept the car in “eco” mode which maximizes the car’s fuel efficiency.

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Most Bike Friendly Cities

The Go Green Blog

Even though Chicago has more than 110 miles of on-street bike lanes, more than 30 miles of marked shared lanes, many miles of off-street paths (including the 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail), more than 12,000 bike racks, and sheltered, high-capacity, bike parking areas at many CTA rail stations; we’re still out ranked by Minneapolis MN, Portland OR, Boulder CO, Seattle WA, Eugene OR, San Francisco CA, Madison WI, New York City NY, and Tucson AZ.

YogaSlackers Channel Islands Training Trip

Wend Magazine

Blank boxes however, can be dangerous, especially when one day we are in Tucson, AZ teaching and the next day we are scheduled to be in Santa Barbara, CA paddling. This doesn’t sound too bad until you add the fact that Jason and I are moving all of our belongings out of a Tucson garage into Daniel’s garage. Chelsey Here: As we enter our International Adventure Race Season, we are switching gears and it is time to turn off cruise control.

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What Stores Sell Natural, Healthy Food (North America)

Eco-Vegan Girl

image from A very common question I receive is, "where can I find natural food?", especially when it comes to unique recipe ingredients. My answer is typically to go to your local natural market or buy online. Availability really depends on where you live, so I did a poll on the EVG Facebook page & Twitter to find out where my community shops, and here are their answers (it's quite the list!):

Hertz goes solar


Installation of solar panels will continue at the following HERC locations in the upcoming months: Tucson, AZ, Augusta, GA, Bogart, GA, Norcross, GA, Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, Newark, NJ, and Harrisburg, PA. The Hertz Corporation’s solar energy program continues to expand with the installation of solar electric systems at various Hertz locations. The most recent installation was completed at a Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) facility in Commerce City, Colorado.

Recovery: Bats with Your Tequila

Nature Conservancy - Science

Lesser long-nosed bat at a hummingbird feeder in Tucson. In 2007, following widespread agave failure, people in the Tucson area started noticing lesser long-nosed bats at their hummingbird feeders. With the alien fungal disease white-nose syndrome devastating North American bats it’s time for some good news about the order. So consider the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s January 5 th proposal to delist the endangered lesser long-nosed bat. “In

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Little Big Year – Week 34: We visit Colorado and Texas

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We have been feeling a push to get the 5th wheel down to Tucson, Arizona, which will be our home for the winter, and get prepped for another trip out of the US before the end of the year. With Wyoming and South Dakota in our rear view mirror, we look toward Colorado, and a hot spot I have been anxious to visit. Trinidad Colorado is located just a few miles north of the Colorado – New Mexico border, and home to the Trinidad Reservoir.

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