Jeff Babson

Jeff Babson,

Pima County Department

of Natural Resources 

and Sky Island Tours

Wednesday, October 14, 2020,

2:30 – 3:30 pm, a Zoom Webinar*

Tucson is one of the top bird-watching destinations in the U.S. for its variety and abundance of bird life. For the backyard enthusiast or the birder who keeps a life list of species observed, the Tucson area is full of opportunities. Jeff Babson will lead us through the steps on how to identify birds seen here in Academy Village as well as those we can see in our nearby park, Agua Caliente. He will also touch on what we can do to attract birds to our yards. 

Northern Cardinal

Jeff Babson owns Sky Island Tours, a birding and eco-tour company that also conducts environmental education programs on a wide range of subjects.  He leads local full-day and half-day trips throughout southern Arizona as well as trips to the Salton Sea in southern California. In addition, he is Wildlife Viewing Program Specialist for the Pima County Department of Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation, where he leads bird walks, bat programs, dragonfly and butterfly walks, and online environmental education programs.

Here is what Jeff says motivated him to come to Tucson and why he has pursued his vocation: “I have a BS in Biology and have been interested in nature as far back as I can remember. My wife and I moved to Tucson in 1998 after spending several years in the Bahamas, because of the scenery of the Sonoran Desert.  Having grown up in New England, this was totally new and exciting to me.  I started off birding by studying a lot of field guides and spending as much time in the field as possible.  I just couldn’t get enough.  I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to spend my life looking at birds and the rest of nature.”

Written by Beverley Robertson, Academy Village Volunteer

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Oct. 14: “Your Local Feathered Friends”