[CT Birds] OT: Popular AZ Birding Site Endangered

Audubon Bent bentoftheriver at gmail.com
Thu Aug 15 14:37:29 EDT 2013

*Many CT birders will have special memories of experiencing the array of
hummingbirds at Paton's Birding Haven in Patagonia, Arizona.  The Patons
have passed on, but with enough timely support the site can be saved.
Recalling wonderful things lost is bittersweet at best; how much better to
know you helped protect such a special place?*
To: All Birders
From: Rita Fenwick, American Bird Conservancy
Date: August 14, 2013

*Alert: Hummingbird Haven Facing Uncertain Future - Act Now*

Several months ago, American Bird Conservancy board member Victor Emanuel
made an impassioned request that American Bird Conservancy help acquire an
American birding landmark that had recently come on the market: Paton’s
Birder Haven.

This property, located in Patagonia, Arizona, is the loving project of
Wally and Marion Paton, who for more than 35 years built their property
into a premier Arizona birding site and opened their home to thousands of
local, American, and international birders to see Arizona’s outstanding
hummingbird diversity. Many visited the site for a chance to get a “life”
Plain-capped Starthroat, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, or Magnificent
Hummingbird for their North American list.  The property has passed on to
the Paton’s children, who would like to honor their parents’ labor of love
in making the property a memorable, welcoming stop for birders visiting

In partnership with Tucson Audubon Society and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours,
American Bird Conservancy has entered into a contract with the Paton family
to acquire the property and to maintain the property in perpetuity as a
hummingbird sanctuary open to visitors. *We have raised $100,000 of the
needed funding, but urgently need to raise by October 15**th** the
remaining $200,000*. Once acquired, Tucson Audubon Society will assume
long-term ownership and management of the property.

Can you please help by *making a donation* at
http://www.abcbirds.org/paton/and by
*FORWARDING this email* to as many birders as you can, encouraging them to
click on the link provided and make a donation today? Please post this
request for help on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, websites, and any other
outlet you think will reach birders who have visited Paton’s or plan to in
the future.  One hundred percent of each tax-deductible donation will be
applied to the acquisition and management needs of this historic property. *We
truly need every dollar to succeed.*

*Thank you very much for your support and help*!  Please let me know if you
have any questions or you have a favorite picture from Paton’s Birder Haven
you would like to share.

Learn more …  please give now! <http://www.abcbirds.org/paton/>

Ken Elkins
Education Program Manager
Audubon Center at Bent of the River
Southbury, CT

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