Birds of the Tucson Botanical Gardens
The Tucson Botanical Gardens is an oasis for birds in central Tucson. Over 75 bird species have been seen here, a significant portion of the city’s bird diversity. In this class, we will investigate some of these birds and why exactly the Gardens is attractive to them. What do birds need that we are and aren’t making available to them? What lessons can we learn about our own neighborhoods and yards? By knowing birds needs better, we can enjoy their company more often.
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Class availability limitations: None
Tucson Audubon Society
Kendall grew up in Southern California and earned a bachelors degree in anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. After a few years doing archaeological field and lab work, Kendall returned to school and received a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. He study psychological and medical topics and gathered material for his dissertation during a twenty-month stay in central Mexico. After post-doctoral research positions in Los Angeles and at the Southern Arizona VA Medical Center, Kendall joined the staff of the Tucson Audubon Society in February 2002. He worked in communications and habitat restoration, and became Habitat Restoration Program Manager in 2006. In 2010 Kendall became manager of Tucson Audubon’s urban-focused outreach program, promoting bird-friendly and sustainable yards and neighborhoods. He works with municipalities, businesses, homeowners and landscape designers to promote urban landscapes that are more biodiverse, productive, sustainable and friendly to birds. In 2013 he was appointed by Tucson City Council Member Shirley Scott to sit on the Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission. Today, Kendall is the Community Outreach Coordinator at Mission Gardens. He enjoys bird watching and walking his dogs in Tucson’s parks with his wife Mary Beth Tyndall, a cellist in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.