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Grandma Pearl
(Connie Smith)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Paton's Birder Hummingbird Haven Saved!

Hummingbird Haven successfully protected 

thanks to the American Bird Conservancy, and an international fundraising campaign, which acquired and has turned over to the Tucson Audubon Society, Paton’s Birder Haven located in Patagonia, Arizona.  

Wally and Marion Paton began the sanctuary in 1974  by planting flowers and creating water features.   Dedicated birdwatchers lined their outside fence, so they decided to graciously welcome them in.  They kept that gate open until their deaths.  

The property then passed to their children, who were determined to make sure their parents’ legacy would continue to benefit all bird lovers wishing to visit.   The special efforts of Victor Emanuel, American Bird Conservancy, and the Tucson Audubon Society further ensured the preservation of this site as a hummingbird destination and sanctuary.

Among the large variety of hummingbirds that visit this haven are the Violet-Crowned Hummingbird, and the Magnificent Hummingbird.

Grandma Pearl

Violet-Crowned Hummingbird Photo Credit:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/pleautaud/3216226893
Magnificent Hummingbird Photo Credit:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidbygott/4456740326/


Shauna L Bowling said...

Yay! Someone actually made a difference in the world and left an awesome legacy.

Thanx for passing their legacy on, Pearl!

Connie Smith said...

Hi Shauna,
You're very welcome!
I hope many people 'flock' to this birder's haven.
Have a lovely day