Winter Birding in Southeast Arizona
During May’s Birder’s Night, Mike Unger, will guide us through Southeast Arizona to see the birds that make this area home during the winter. Mike says winter in Southeast Arizona is from December through February. He states that while many of the tropical specialties are absent there is still a wide diversity of birds to see. A few of the winter birds to see include the Crested Caracara, Mountain Plover and a wide variety of hawks including the Ferruginous Hawk. There are also a lot of winter sparrows to see. Mike will take us on a journey to many of the key winter hotspots. During his presentation he will provide all the information you need to have a successful excursion. He hopes his presentation will entice you to visit Southeast Arizona which is the one of the best birding areas in the world.
Mike is a native Oregonian who has lived most of his life in the Willamette Valley. He retired from the State of Oregon after working for 29 years at DMV and the Employment Department. A few years after retiring Mike and his wife purchased a vacation home in Green Valley, Arizona. It was there that he got interested in bird watching. Mike took a Beginning Birding class, and he was hooked. He continued taking birding classes and going on bird walks and field trips for several winters in Southeast Arizona. Mike has taken over 150 birding and nature classes. He joined the Tucson Audubon Society then when he returned home, he joined the Salem Audubon Society (SAS). Mike was so excited about bird watching that he wanted to share his knowledge and interest with others. So, he approached the SAS Board of Directors about teaching birding classes. They gladly accepted his offer, and he has taught over 60 classes to date. Mike is also a field trip leader, co-CBC compiler and maintains the SAS Facebook page and YouTube channel.