FIELD TRIP GUIDES
2020 Spring Fling
Sandy has had a lifelong passion for all things natural, especially birds. A self-educated naturalist she has taught birding classes, coordinated and led birding and natural history tours and guided professionally for over 35 years. In 2000 she founded Gray Hawk Nature Center, a non-profit environmental education facility located on the San Pedro River. She currently serves as director and educator-naturalist for the center which provides outdoor learning opportunities for thousands of students each year. The center also maintains a collection of native reptiles which serve as ambassadors at the center and also at festivals and outreach presentations throughout Arizona.
Jeff Babson developed an interest in birds and native animals early in life and attended Arizona State University later moving to Andros where he became fascinated by community ecology. While working there he took an extended vacation to do an internship at the Southwestern Research Station in the Chiricahuas, where he was introduced to another natural paradise. He made the acquaintance of Painted Redstarts, Mexican Jays, Blue-throated Hummingbirds, Javelinas, Black-tailed Rattlesnakes, and many other species, and realizing that he had to move to southern Arizona as soon as possible.
He worked at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) in the Department of Mammalogy and Ornithology, also teaching courses at the University of Arizona (U of A) and Pima Community College. He led field trips for ASDM, the U of A, the Tucson Audubon Society, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and others. He has also conducted fieldwork in Arizona on the importance of the saguaro cactus to the avian community, and in Mexico he assisted on hummingbird migration studies, concentrating on the Rufous Hummingbird. Jeff feels extremely fortunate to live near places renowned for the biological wealth that they harbor and looks forward to sharing these places, and the treasures they contain, with you.