The 2023 Southeast Arizona Birding Festival is wrapping up after a four-day gathering of bird lovers across Southern Arizona.

Running from Wednesday to Sunday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson Reid Park, it gives people the opportunity to see unique and fascinating avian species native to Arizona.

“We do a lot of restoration, conservation work in the area,” Director of Engagement and Education with the Tucson Audubon Society Luke Safford shared. “A lot of bringing urban habitat into focus for people so that they can build homes for birds right where they live.”

This festival featured the presentations from the following experts:

Peg Abbott Owner and lead guide of Naturalist Journeys Phil Chaon “Habitats of the World” co-author Arjan Dwarshuis Author of “The (Big) Year that Flew By” Zach Steinhauser Director of the film “Purple Haze”

The festival also gave people a chance to see some of the birds in action.

“Having live birds here helps put a visual to it that otherwise they wouldn’t have” Safford added.