December 2012

Happy Holidays from the board of the Friends of Madera Canyon and thank you for your support. Please join us in thanking:
  • all members who have renewed their membership for next year and those who will;
  • the active volunteers without whom the FOMC would not exist; 
  • those who have made special financial contributions;
  • our  Forest Service partners who are working under unusual stresses this year while staying on track with their mission of protecting the land and serving people.
teaA Tea Among Flowers
Joan Lewis Watercolors Silent Auction
Full English Tea
Friday, January 25th, 2013

St. Francis In-The-Valley Episcopal Church

Doors open at 11:30, Tea served at 12:30



Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own an original Madera Canyon botanical watercolor and along the way enjoy a Full English tea. Advanced tickets are required, so buy now for yourself and friends.


For five years Joan Lewis hiked Madera Canyon in every season and at every elevation to gather photos and drawings of canyon flowers and plants. Her work resulted in the popular "A Field Guide to Madera Canyon Wildflowers." The original watercolors used in producing the book, matted, suitable for framing and with a descriptive, signed card will be available at the Tea for purchase by silent auction. A copy of Joan Lewis' book will be included with each purchased watercolor.


Artist Joan Lewis at work in Madera Canyon (picture from Tamara Kahrimanis)

Music at the tea will be provided by Tamara Kahrimanis at the piano and Carl Perry playing his Native American flutes. There will also be a raffle of interpretive photos of the fruit arrangements found on the tables.


Cost for the event is $15.00 per person. Tickets are available online at our website  or at the Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce. No tickets will be available at the door and space is limited.



Do you need a bit of extra motivation to attend this special event? Because of Ms Lewis' generosity in donating her work, auction proceeds go directly to the support of Friends of Madera Canyon.  


Are your walls already covered with art? Take the opportunity to provide a gift of original art to someone special in your life.

activeJanuary Nature Series - Richard Conway
Tuesday, January 15th, 2:00 PM

Community Performance and Arts Center


Richard Conway will give a lecture on the Geology of Madera Canyon on January 15, 2013. It will be held at the Community Performance and Arts Center, 1250 W Continental Road at 2:00 PM in the theater. Tickets are $5.00 each. They are available on our website, at the Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce, or at the door after 1:15 PM.


The Friends of Madera Canyon have worked with Richard Conway, Doug Moore and George Cottay to put together and publish a new brochure, "The Rocks and Landscapes around Madera Canyon." It is in color with geological maps of the canyon's rocks along with information on the history of the formation of the Santa Rita Mountains and Madera Canyon. The brochure has received high marks from local geologists and the US Forest Service. All attending the lecture will be provided with a copy.


Richard Conway has the gift of explaining complex processes in simple terms and making ancient rocks seem exciting. He has also been a true friend of the FOMC. We hope you come out for the lecture.


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 membershipAnnual Meeting
Saturday, January 19th
GVR East Center 

The Friends of Madera Canyon will hold its Annual Meeting on January 19, 2013 at GVR's East Center. Coffee and pastries will be served during the Social Hour from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM with the business meeting called to order at 9:00 AM.


Yes, this year we are meeting at the East Center, Abrego Drive at West Esperanza Boulevard. If your car starts on the way to CPAC, be sure to remind it who's in charge.


The Guest speaker will be noted astronomy interpreter Dan Brocious from the Mt. Hopkins Smithsonian Observatory. What really goes on up there? Why might we care? 


A presentation of the plans for the improvement of the Amphitheater is part of the meeting. The special projects group has done some exciting preliminary work. Plan on coming to see what's planned and to let the Board know your thoughts on the project.


New Board Members for 2013 will be introduced. Mary Gode will announce the Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.


To further sweeten the pot, this year's meeting will include a 50/50 cash raffle. Some lucky member will go home with some post-holiday cash and the other fifty percent will support the work of the FOMC.


See you there at the East Center.


 membershipMembership 2013

George West reminds us that members who are paying dues annually have received a letter with a reply envelope. Many have already responded. If you have not, please respond with your renewal, seriously consider moving your membership up to the next level, and check some of the boxes to show your interest in volunteering.

If you are not a member of the Friends of Madera Canyon please do join. The cost is not great and member funds are put to excellent use. Information on membership is here and you can join online.

Every member counts.

Costs of continuing our popular 4th grade School Nature Walks in the canyon and in-school programs are constantly increasing. We also need support for the adult educational programs such as the Nature series currently underway. This year we are planning for the renovation of the Amphitheater site for outdoor lectures and other programs and for a donor/memorial wall to permanently recognize those who have made a major contribution to the Friends.

 wildflowersMadera Canyon Wildflowers Book 
HummingbirdThose who have the Field Guide to Madera Canyon Wildflowers by Joan W. G. Lewis know what the fuss is about. The beautiful illustrations make it a small art book. Its simple organization by color makes it a useful field guide.

You can purchase a copy at Tea Among Flowers or at the Friends Nature Shop.

Board Members
Tom Purdon (President), Willem Van Kempen, (Vice-President and Treasurer), Eileen Buckel (Secretary), Louise Gibbeson (Education and Special Events), George Cottay (VP Marketing, Newsletter Publisher, Web Master), Dita-Erika Hagen (Archives, Preservation, Nominating, Marketing), Wally Lamb (Visitor Information Station, Storage and Inventory), Jerry Popham (Bat House Research, Special Projects, Mailing), Judy Thoreson (Miles and Hours, Annual Meeting), Judy Maury (Marketing Group), Larry Johnson (VP Operations).

Doug Moore (Director of Education), Carol Lambert (Fund Raising, Special Projects, Finance/Audit), Phil English (Boy Scouts), Ruth Maloblocki (Retail Sales), Sondra Dexter (Scholarships), Mike Staples (Canyon Clean-up), Ellen and George West (Membership and Dues Administration), George West (Newsletter Editor), Rozanne Roman (Accessible Trails).

Thank You for Your Support

Upcoming Events
January 2, 2013, 9:00 AM
FOMC Board Meeting at Friends In Deed

January 15, 2013, 2:00 PM
Nature Series: Richard Conway Geologic History and Make Up of Modern Madera

Saturday January 19th Annual Meeting at the Green Valley Recreation East Center on Abrego at Esperanza.

Friday, January 25th Tea Among Flowers
on the web

santaritaThe Santa Rita Lodge not only has a new web site but also a new display area. 

In a show of support and appreciation for the contributions to the canyon by the Friends Of Madera Canyon the folks at the Santa Rita Lodge generously gave a 2' X 6' X 4' display space in the Lodge.
We are now able to show people who we are and what we do in the canyon. The display is configured so we can simply and quickly change it to meet our needs at any given time.
In addition to the space they are selling some of our FOMC merchandise and providing us with the full sales price without charging any commission. 

The next time you are up in the canyon stop in the lodge to see our display, browse through their retail shop and thank them for their support.

Thanks also to Larry Johnson for making this happen. 

a note for e-birders

If you are entering eBird data for Madera Canyon please use existing hotspots whenever possible and try not to merge a hike or drive through the canyon into one checklist. There are hotspots established for each of the parking and picnic areas, for the feeding stations, and for a number of the trails. Please use these hotspots when ever possible and try not to merge a hike or drive through the canyon into one checklist.


As you enter data please note that the Pima-Santa Cruz County line cuts east-west through Madera Canyon. County boundaries are important for eBird data collection & reporting. The county line crosses Madera Canyon Road at the Madera Picnic Area, about at the midpoint of the big parking area on your left as you head up canyon. If you can see the Santa Rita Lodge, you are in Santa Cruz County so please use the "Madera Canyon-Santa Rita Lodge" hotspot. Otherwise use the "Madera Canyon-Madera Picnic Area" hotspot. If birding at the Bog Springs Campground, which is bisected by the county line, use the "Madera Canyon-Bog Springs campground" unless the birds you are noting are on the north side of the campground. In that case create a personal spot that is in Pima County.


The more care we use in providing data the more effective we are in assisting the global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists and others who care about birds.


For much more information click on the ebird logo

Friends of Madera CanyonWebsite
Have you explored the various links and available resources?

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas
Working to protect the Santa naturestoreRita and Patagonia Mountains

rarebirdClick here for the Tucson Audubon Society rare bird alert list. Madera Canyon sightings are often included.

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