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SBR Cuckoos are Back Again with “The Big Day”


For the third year in a row, SaddleBrooke Ranch will field a team to participate in Tucson Audubon Society’s annual Birdathon fundraiser. The SBR Cuckoos, comprised of leader, ‘The Birdman of SBR’ Jim Hoagland, Laurie McCoy, Jim Bradford, Deb Sandin and Kathy Williams have already achieved two remarkable milestones: Grand Champion the first year, and Highest Fundraiser the second. How will we be able to top that, we asked ourselves?!

Well, the answer was simple—expand the team of birding enthusiasts. The Cuckoos welcome our newest members: Karen Vanderwall, Carrie Gelsey, and Rick & Sheree Gillaspie. All are veterans of Jim’s monthly bird surveys on our spectacular Nature Trail. Jim often posts photographs of the beautiful, and sometimes elusive, birds we spot on those outings on the SBR Facebook page, NextDoor and in featured articles of “Nature’s Way” in the SBR Ranch Roundup community newspaper.

The purpose of the SBR Cuckoos is to assist the Tucson Audubon Society (TAS) in raising funds to support the important work they do. Their mission is “inspiring people to enjoy and protect birds through recreation, education, conservation and restoration of the environment.” They provide educational Zoom programs, field trip outings, and in-person socials such as the “Birds ‘n’ Beer” meetups at local establishments like the Tucson Hop Shop. Funds also support the Tucson Audubon Society offices (and wonderful gift shop), the Mason Center and the Paton Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia.

The SBR Cuckoos have chosen to continue the format of “The Big Day: Free Style”, where we attempt to identify as many bird species as possible in a 24-hour timespan. (Think “The Big Year”, the 2011 film starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black, but condensed into one day.) Our plan this year is to divide the team into two units. One will stay locally—SBR, Willow Spring Road, and Oracle’s City and State Parks. The other will go further afield in Pinal County covering Mammoth, Aravaipa Canyon Road, and the San Pedro River Crossing. If all goes well, we hope to rendezvous the two teams in Peppersauce Campground at the base of Mount Lemmon. Our Birdathon will begin the evening of April 25th and finish 24 hours later on April 26th. As with last year, our goal is to exceed 100 different bird species.

We are honored to help support such a great organization as Tucson Audubon Society, and hope you will join us with your pledges. There are two ways to donate, and no amount is too small to help us achieve our goal of $7500. The first is to donate a fixed dollar amount. The second, which is more fun, is to make a pledge that challenges the team. It could be something like $1 per bird, or $5 per soaring raptor or $25 per owl. Let your imagination run wild! Make your donations and pledges at

As an incentive for everyone who makes a pledge of $25 or more, you will receive Jim’s 2024 desk calendar filled with the wonderful photos you have come to know and love. But wait, there is more! For the individual who makes the largest contribution, Jim will gift an 18” X 12” Metal Print Photo of your choice.

Thanks to everyone in advance for helping the SBR Cuckoos achieve their goal and supporting the work the Tucson Audubon Society.



  • Jim Hoagland: $1/bird species seen by the team and $2 for every bird species seen over the 100. $25 for each new Pinal county bird species for me and $100 for any new lifer bird. $10 for each owl Species and an extra $10 if I photograph one. $50 if the team see a Roadrunner. $1 for each bird species that has the name Black in its name.
  • Glenna Matthews: $1/species
  • Maria Astaire: $1/species. You go team!
  • Laura Haslett: $1/species. Have a great time and I hope you break last year's record in number of species & $$ raised.
  • Robert Thompson: $3/species and an extra $5 per species over 100 counted
  • Fred Weber: $0.25/species; $25.00 for a picture of an eagle sighted during the Birdathon; $10.00 if Jim Hoagland sees a species he has never seen before
  • Karen Vanderwall: $1/species; Looking forward to my 1st Tucson Audubon Birdathon as a member of the SaddleBrooke Ranch Cuckoos Team! Together, we can help to make a difference!!
  • Laurie McCoy: $1/species and $50 for finding a Greater Roadrunner
  • Deb Sandin: $1/species and  an additional $100 if the goal of 100 birds ID'd is met or exceeded.  We can do it!!!
  • Carol Andrews: $1/species
  • Nancy & Ben Eisenstein: $1/species
  • Carrie Gelsey: $1/species
  • Pam Steube: $1/species and $ 50 for every owl/or roadrunner you photograph.
  • Brenda Wright: $0.50/species
ABOUT Birdathon 2023



Birds have a unique, special, and different meaning to each of us. So, too, is each of our connection with Tucson Audubon Society personal and distinct. During Birdathon, we combine the love of bird watching during spring migration with support for bird conservation.

Birdathoners are birders and social fundraisers, joining together to make a difference for the birds and habitats of Southeast Arizona. Birdathoners continue a tradition that has held strong for over 30 years! 

Each Birdathoner's personal network of supporters is what helps makes Birdathon possible. 

Birdathon donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tucson Audubon Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Supporting a team by writing a check?

  • Make checks payable to: Tucson Audubon Society
  • Write the team name on memo line
  • Mail to: 
    Tucson Audubon Society
    PO Box 91770
    Tucson, AZ 85752


Name Date Amount Comments
Marian Bianchini 11/15/2023 $26.35  
Denise Bunchek Weber 06/08/2023 $250.00  
Laurie K. McCoy 05/18/2023 $200.00  
Ben M. Eisenstein 05/18/2023 $126.00  
Judith A. Matthews 05/18/2023 $50.00  
Laura E. Haslett Mowrey 05/08/2023 $.00  
Robert D. Thompson 05/08/2023 $508.00  
Karen Vanderwall 05/06/2023 $.00  
Fred Joseph Weber 05/06/2023 $51.85  
Jeanne M. Bianchini 05/06/2023 $50.00  
Mary Ann Leifer 05/05/2023 $100.00  
James D. Hoagland 05/04/2023 $.00  
Arlene J. Laase 05/04/2023 $50.00  
Glenna Matthews 05/04/2023 $200.00  
James D. Hoagland 05/04/2023 $500.00  
Maria Astaire 05/01/2023 $130.19  
Deb Sandin 05/01/2023 $226.00  
Brenda Wright 05/01/2023 $63.00  
Laura E. Haslett Mowrey 05/01/2023 $130.19 Full filling my pledge of $1/species for SBR Cuckoos. Congrats to the team.
Carol Andrews 04/30/2023 $126.00 Fulfilling my pledge of $1 per species. Congratulations!
Pam Steube 04/30/2023 $336.36 Way to go SBR Cuckoos. I loved the pictures of the owls and roadrunner! Thank you!
Carrie Gelsey 04/30/2023 $126.00  
Karen Vanderwall 04/30/2023 $126.00  
Pam Steube 04/28/2023 $50.00  
Laura E. Haslett Mowrey 04/28/2023 $50.00  
Fred Joseph Weber 04/28/2023 $50.00  
Sandy Jessop 04/27/2023 $10.00  
Kelsey Lawrence 04/27/2023 $25.00 Go Gigi and G-Pa! From Brita and Levi
Donna Hill 04/27/2023 $25.00  
Kim Schweitzer 04/27/2023 $25.00  
Linda Shannon-Hills 04/26/2023 $100.00 Go go Cuckoos
Linda Shannon-Hills 04/26/2023 $100.00 Go go Cuckoos
Suzanne Toms 04/26/2023 $26.08  
Jean & Ed Cheszek 04/26/2023 $100.00  
Pam Engelhardt 04/25/2023 $25.00  
Claire Cordon 04/25/2023 $50.00  
Jamie Calhoun 04/25/2023 $51.85  
Cynthia Killackey 04/25/2023 $50.00  
Cole Kauffman 04/25/2023 $50.00 Proud of you Ga Ga! Love you! Cole
Anne Ratterman 04/24/2023 $26.08  
Kris Wang 04/24/2023 $20.00  
Kris Wang 04/24/2023 $20.00  
Teresa Culkins 04/24/2023 $100.00  
Betty Stephens 04/24/2023 $26.08  
Sueann Duncan 04/24/2023 $50.00  
Kelly Weerts 04/23/2023 $26.08 Happy birthday, Karen Vanderwall! Cheers to keeping the ? flourishing! ???
Pattie DeMartini 04/22/2023 $50.00  
Paul Kent 04/21/2023 $103.39  
Rick Gillaspie 04/21/2023 $515.72 After hearing and reading about how many Sahuaros died in the fires and about all the birds that use this cactus; we decided this would be a great cause to donate to as money is needed to purchase and replant these cactus. We are also excited to be a part of the SBR Cuckoo Birdathon Team!
Rita Lepeska 04/21/2023 $20.00  
Toni Marie Graves 04/20/2023 $103.39 Beep beep.
Jo Brady Blease 04/20/2023 $100.00  
Julie Peek 04/19/2023 $200.00  
Michelle Townsley 04/19/2023 $103.39 Go James! Find that Roadrunner!
Deb Street 04/19/2023 $51.85  
Bob Frank 04/19/2023 $200.00 Best wishes for your Best year yet.
Betty A. Antony 04/19/2023 $50.00 $25 in support for Laurie McCoy and $25 in support for Kathleen Williams. Good luck and have fun!
Kristina Whitecotton 04/18/2023 $26.08 Love your calendar. Definitely want another one this year!
Nini Frank 04/18/2023 $206.47 Have fun!
Ruth Fjellman 04/18/2023 $51.85  
Janita Ardis-Sharum 04/17/2023 $26.08  
Carol Hirota 04/17/2023 $51.85 Keep it going Jim Hoagland!
Arlene J. Laase 04/16/2023 $206.47  
Leslie Gordon 04/16/2023 $52.39  
Matt Nelson 04/16/2023 $52.39  
Ellen Zook Osborn 04/15/2023 $26.08  
Debi & Dan Vodvarka 04/15/2023 $40.00  
Lisa Horton 04/13/2023 $26.08  
Sheilah Britton 04/13/2023 $50.00  
Diane Schramm 04/13/2023 $51.85  
Mary Lee Fung 04/13/2023 $100.00  
Donna M. Marciano 04/13/2023 $35.00  
Laurie K. McCoy 04/12/2023 $50.00  
Gerald Tietje 04/12/2023 $150.00 SaddleBrooke Ranch Cuckoos
Nona Jadwin 04/12/2023 $26.08  
Donna Quay 04/12/2023 $25.00  
Denise McCaffrey 04/11/2023 $20.00  
Laurie K. McCoy 04/10/2023 $50.00  
Ann M. Saxerud 04/10/2023 $50.00  
Linda G. Walker 04/09/2023 $103.39 Supporting Saddlebrook Ranch Cuckoos
Anne Hoagland 04/09/2023 $103.39 Good luck and enjoy the birds!!
Jimmie L. Bates 04/08/2023 $77.62  
Jim Bradford 04/08/2023 $300.00  
Cathy Kauffman 04/06/2023 $26.35  
Susan Dowling 04/06/2023 $50.00 Keep up the great work Coocoo’s !
Lisa Richards 04/06/2023 $103.39 Karen I hope this helps your team reach your goal.
Marcia Jacobson 04/06/2023 $26.08  
Melonee Nichols 04/06/2023 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/06/2023 $265.00  
Ellon Jarvis 04/06/2023 $50.00  
Anthony Piraino 04/06/2023 $50.00  
Charles Eggleston 04/06/2023 $100.00  
Laurie Truax 04/06/2023 $40.00  
David Maguire 04/05/2023 $25.00  
Ed Gelsey 04/04/2023 $100.00 This is to support Carrie Gelsey's team....the Saddlebrooke Ranch Cuckoos!
Karen Vanderwall 04/03/2023 $96.18 In addition to my Pledge, I am donating $1 for each of the 93 bird species I have seen in the past 1.5 years here at SaddleBrooke Ranch.
Alex D. Langoussis 04/03/2023 $31.23 Thanks for doing this Jim! -Alex
James D. Hoagland 04/03/2023 $182.76  
Dale Farland 04/02/2023 $103.39  
Timothy Canny 03/31/2023 $20.00 14,000 saguaros great !!
Darlene Wilcox 03/30/2023 $100.00  
Polly Jones 03/30/2023 $206.47  
Jim Hardison 03/30/2023 $51.85 Supporting the Saddlebrooke Ranch Cuckoos
Sharon Eisenhuth 03/30/2023 $30.00 For SBR from Hombres Barbershop at SaddleBrooke Ranch
Ann Hulett 03/29/2023 $258.01 Ann Hulett and John Halbig
Maria Astaire 03/28/2023 $515.72  
Patricia McKlem 03/25/2023 $51.85 This donation is to support Kathleen William's team. I do not need a calendar or picture. Please don't add my name to your mailing or e mail lists. list. This is to support Ms Williams, and your cause. Thanks!!
Kathleen Williams 03/24/2023 $40.00  
Vickie Strand 03/20/2023 $51.85 ☺️ thanks Karen Vanderwall for bringing this to our attention!
David Eisenhuth 03/02/2023 $50.00 Compliments of Hombres Barbershop at Saddlebrooke Ranch Dave Eisenhuth, Proprietor
  Total $10,563.05  
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