Date: 7/28/20 8:58 am From: Jonathan Lutz <jlutz...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Notes from the Paton Center
Greetings, fellow birders.
Thanks to Andrew Core and others for reminding folks that the Paton Center property remains closed. We'll likely be confirming later this week that the closure will extend through August for the reasons previously stated. Thanks to all those who have provided unsolicited feedback and insights in regards to the closure, and for appreciating the challenge of determining when and under what conditions re-opening a birding hotspot like Patons' is ideal.
To the many folks on site, en route, or planning a visit to Patagonia to chase the Plain-capped Starthroat reported yesterday by birder, volunteer, and friend, Bob Perna:
- Please be courteous to our neighbors and do not utilize their driveway as a turnaround; it's easy to u-turn most passenger vehicles in front of the TNC preserve sign about a quarter-mile past the old cattle guard, or drive further down the road to the first preserve access (the preserve is currently closed). - Please park completely off the road to avoid interfering with thru traffic on Blue Heaven Road/Pennsylvania Ave. The Town Marshal patrols this road regularly and we'd like to stay in his and local residents' good graces. Parking is also available in Patagonia Town Park, which is less than a mile walk from the Paton Center and affords good birding. Somebody find another rarity! - Keep a careful eye on the weather. If monsoon activity erupts in the Patagonia Mountains, it doesn't take long for Sonoita Creek to begin flowing and make the creek crossing dangerous to impossible. An alternate route exists, but is intended for locals' use only, so please don't rely on trying to find and use it. Please plan accordingly. - We're very grateful for the respectful behavior of 95% of those who've been visiting and viewing birds from outside the perimeter fence, observing the closure. Please don't be a member of the 5% Club and think the rules don't apply to you. Be courteous, be kind, and enjoy the birds. Our amazing staff and volunteers have done their best to arrange feeders for optimum viewing from the road. Please give them your gratitude.
Most importantly, I wish you success in finding and enjoying the marvelous little hummingbird. Remember that Patagonia is a birding hotspot because of its wealth of healthy habitat, the Sonoita Creek corridor, and a community that embraces a conservation ethic. Showing your support for organizations like Borderlands Restoration (and affiliates), The Nature Conservancy, Friends of Sonoita Creek, the Patagonia Area Resource Alliance, and Tucson Audubon has a meaningful impact on preserving this special place for birds and people. Likewise, remaining aware of potential threats and making your voice heard is vitally important to maintaining the biodiversity unique to the region.
Let's keep 'em flying!
With gratitude, Jonathan
Jonathan E. Lutz Executive Director Tucson Audubon Society (520) 209-1801 tucsonaudubon.org Home Page: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/info/aznmbirds To unsubscribe use the Unsubscribe button on that page. To view archive: click "Archive" on that page.