January 2113

 lectureLecture Series with Richard Conway
This Tuesday, January 15th, 2:00 PM, CPAC

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

Aren't rocks boring?  Those familiar with Richard Conway already know the answer is a strong "N0!" Those rocks not only give us ground to stand on but are downright exciting.

Included in the event will be a your personal copy of the new FOMC full color brochure "The Rocks and Landscapes around Madera Canyon."  With maps, diagrams and text it explains the formation of the Santa Rita Mountains and Madera Canyon.

 annualAnnual Meeting
Saturday, January 19th
8:00 AM Social Hour, 9:00 AM Meeting

This year's Annual Meeting will be held at GVR's East Center.  You can enjoy coffee, pastries 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 wants to go to CPAC, be sure to remind it who's in charge.)

Our guest speaker will be noted astronomy interpreter Dan Brocious from the Mt. Hopkins Smithsonian Observatory on "The Natural Resource of Dark Skies" 

We will also enjoy a presentation on the Madera Canyon Amphitheater improvement project.  Carol Lambert and Jerry Popham will bring us up to speed on plans and progress and seek everyone's help in getting this important project done right.

Mary Gode will announce the Volunteer of the Year award recipient. Board members will be introduced.  A lucky member will go home with cash from a 50/50 fund raising raffle. All of us will see old friends and meet new ones.

Part of the  Amphitheater Conceptual Plan
We Will See and Hear About at the Annual Meeting


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 teaflowersA Tea Among Flowers
Joan Lewis Watercolors
January 25th, 11:30 AM
St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church 

Tickets for this Friday's Tea Among Flowers and silent auction of Joan Lewis watercolors will not be sold at the door, so now is the time to buy your $15.00 tickets online  here or at the Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce.

Doors open at 11:30 AM, with the tea served at 12:30 PM at the St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S La Canada Drive.  Space is limited so the advance purchase of tickets is necessary.

The watercolors are all original work done for the book A Field Guide to Madera Canyon Wildflowers. They are not reproductions. Each is professionally matted, comes with a descriptive signed card and is one-of-a-kind.

For five years Joan hiked Madera Canyon in every season and at every elevation to gather photos and drawings of each flower. Her book is available in many bookshops and on our website.  At the tea you will find the watercolors grouped by wildflower colors just as they are in the book.

At the tea music will be provided by Tamara Kahrimanis at the piano and Carl Perry  playing his Native American flutes.

Tea and auction proceeds will support the work of the Friends of Madera Canyon. 

thankmembersThank You, Members

The Annual Campaign designated this year for the printing of the new colorful Geology brochure was a success with over $3,000 raised. Thank you!

Many members have already renewed their membership for 2013.  Thank you! Particular thanks go to those who moved from Friend to a higher level of support.

If you have not yet renewed, please do. Especially with a still-tough economy your support matters. The FOMC is doing well but only with the financial and volunteer support of members.

 docentSpring Docent Orientation/Training
4th Grade Nature Walks 

The Friends of Madera Canyon Education Program is gearing up for spring 2013. Our annual sessions of docent training/orientation start in late February before the spring nature walks commence. New and continuing docents review rules and procedures for the nature walks and learn about the natural history of Madera Canyon and the surrounding area.

In March and April there will be four 4th grade nature walks with the students from  Mountain View and San Cayetano elementary schools in Rio Rico. Docents also help with community nature walks in the canyon in spring and fall, volunteer for FOMC outreach/conservation education at select community events throughout the year and conduct Fall 4th grade nature walks for Continental, Sopori and Great Expectations schools.

The Friends of Madera Canyon Education Program welcomes reliable volunteers to join our excellent docent corps. Prospective docents must:
  • like children and enjoy helping them learn
  • appreciate nature and have a desire to learn about Madera Canyon
  • make the time commitment necessary to be a FOMC docent volunteer
Individuals interested in becoming docents for the Nature Walks are encouraged to attend a walk or two. Newbies are assigned as a "group sweep"- enabling the participant to observe the program while helping the lead docent keep the student group together and focused. All docents are required to be FOMC members because of USFS insurance coverage.  Anyone interested in becoming a docent should contact Doug Moore at maderaedu@q.com or 520 682-0459.

whatbirdYes, thanks to Dr. George West we do have a What Bird Is This challenge.  The photo below shows six birds looking for food or grit near a lake in Tucson. Can you identify all of them?  If you get more than one right without recourse to the bird books and apps you outscore the newsletter publisher.

Click on the picture for a larger version
The (surprising) identifications and information are here.

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Thank You for Your Support
Upcoming Events
Saturday January 12th. FOMC will have a table at the Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce International Business Expo held at the Desert Diamond Casino Diamond Center.

January 15th, 10:00 AM at Desert Hills Rec Center on Camino del Sol President Tom Purdon is doing an FOMC presentation at at AAUW meeting.

January 15, 2013, 2:00 PM at the Community Performance and Arts Center. 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. Coffee and pastries at 8:00 AM with the meeting itself at 9:00 AM.

Friday, January 25th 11:30 AM or 12:30 PM Tea Among Flowers at St. Francis In-The-Valley Episcopal  Church.

Saturday May 12th. International Migratory Bird Day at Madera Canyon

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 have agreed to sell some of our merchandise.

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. 

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.

FOMC Board

Board Members
Tom Purdon (President), Willem Van Kempen, (Vice-President and Treasurer), Carol Lambert (Secretary, Special Projects and Fund Raising), 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), 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).


wildflowersMadera Canyon

Those 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.


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