[Tweeters] Preserving the Paton hummingbird site

Bob Sundstrom ixoreus at scattercreek.com
Thu Aug 15 16:40:50 PDT 2013

Dear Tweeters,

Some of you may be aware of the efforts to preserve the Paton hummingbird
site in Patagonia, Arizona - one of the true shrines of birding in SE
Arizona. Probably many of you have watched hummingbirds there if you have
visited SE Arizona. Here is a letter about the appeal for donations to save
this amazing spot. Hope you are feeling generous.

Thanks, Bob

Bob Sundstrom

Tenino, WA

ixoreus at scattercreek.com

From: abcorgs at npogroups.org [mailto:abcorgs at npogroups.org] On Behalf Of
Steve Holmer
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 10:45 AM
To: abcorgs at npogroups.org
Subject: Alert: Hummingbird Haven Facing Uncertain Future - Act Now

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 Arizona.

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 15th 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.

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

Steve Holmer

Senior Policy Advisor

American Bird Conservancy &

Director, Bird Conservation Alliance

202-234-7181 ext. 216

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