Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
September 23, 2018 6:00 a.m.
September brings the Autumnal Equinox, observed by cultures from the ancient Greeks to Aboriginal Australians - at the Arboretum one sure sign of Fall is the departure of the seasonal resident flock of Turkey Vultures. Join ASU Professor Dave Pearson for a morning observing the big, black birds. Events are included with adult admission of $12.50; free to BTA annual members and AZ state parks pass-holders.
Arrive early for the 7am special Vulture Viewing Saturday to observe our famous flock of Turkey Vultures perched on the cliffs before they depart to spend their day soaring the skies. World-traveled ASU Professor ASU Professor Dave Pearson will be the guest 'Vulture-ologist' stationed near the Desert Legume Garden from about 7:00 am until 8:30 “talk-ing about TUVUs,” sharing a few jokes about the big black birds, answering questions and sharing his appreciation for the soaring scavengers until the vultures take to the skies.
Typically by 8:30am. Dr. Pearson and other guides will lead a bird walk through the gardens at 8:30 in search of other birds, mammals and critters.
Author Kate Fallon Presents ‘Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird’
A special guest for the event is author Katie Fallon, her nonfiction book Vulture: The Private Life of an Un-loved Bird was released this year from the University Press of New England. A portion of the book’s last chapter is spotlights BTA’s annual festival, and two chapters take place in Arizona and southern Utah - highlighting the Hassayampa River Preserve, the Grand Canyon, the Vermilion Cliffs, and the town of Gila Bend. Fallon will sign and sell copies of her book in the visitor center following Dr. Pearson’s bird walk – from about 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
- 7:00-8:30 Vulture Viewing with ASU Professor Dave Pearson
- 8:30-10:00 Guided Bird Walk with Dr. Pearson and Friends
Confirm other weekend nature walks and events cals.arizona.edu/bta/
Sunday, 9/16 to Sunday, 12/16
Trees of the Arboretum-Guided Walk with Miguel Hernandez
09/21, 10/05, 10/19, 11/02, 11/16, 12/7, and 12/21
Friday Bird Walk with Lisa Murphy
9/22, 10/07, and 10/27
Butterfly Guided Walks at the Arboretum
Saturday, 9/22 to Saturday, 11/17
Digital Photographers Monthly Meet-Up
9/23, 10/07, 10/14, 10/21 and more
Sunday Guided Tours at the Arboretum
September 29, 2018
Learn Your Arizona Lizards Guided Tour with Phil Rakoci
October 5, 2018
Arboretum Book Club Friday – ‘Letters from Wupatki’ by Courtney Jones
10/06, 10/14, and 10/20
Guided Bird Walks
October 7, 2018
Butterfly Walk with Gail Morris
October 12, 2018
Fall Plant Sale – Members Only Preview Friday
October 13 thru 28, 2018
Fall Plant Sale
October 13, 2018
Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk with Jim Shepherd
October 14, 2018
Photography for Beginners-Informal Workshop & Outdoor Shoot
October 20, 2018
Plants of the Bible Lands Lecture: Agriculture in Ancient Israel with David Oberpillar
October 28, 2018
Edible & Medicinal Plants Walk with David Morris