ACCESS MATTERS: THE PATON RESULTS
Two months ago, we drew attention to the ongoing project to continue birder access at the "Paton's Birder Haven" - a famous hummingbird location in southeast Arizona. The property had been up for sale, and the Tucson Audubon Society, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, and the American Bird Conservancy were working with the Paton family heirs to raise the needed $300,000 to acquire this property and maintain it as a hummingbird sanctuary. For details on our coverage of this effort, see:http://refugeassociation.org/?p=7904/#access
The fund raising deadline was 15 October, and the funding goal was reached. The American Bird Conservancy is in the process of calling in the final pledges. With the help of hundreds of contributors, the property can now be maintained in perpetuity for birders and birds - an appropriate tribute to Wally and Marion Paton's legendary generosity. You can view a listing of the current campaign contributors here:www.abcbirds.org/paton/donors.html
Additional funds will be accepted by Tucson Audubon for repairs to the building (including reroofing and rewiring) and the associated property (including much-needed landscaping with native vegetation). To make a contribution for this particular important work, see here:https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/tas/donation.jsp?campaign=20
The parties are now scheduled to close on the property in early 2014. Once acquired, the Tucson Audubon Society will assume ownership and management responsibilities, affirming, once again, that for birders access matters.