BCR 130: Bonnie Paton Moon, Paton’s Birders Haven Update

Bonnie Paton Moon in yard with Marion Paton’s Rose Garden in the background ready to bloom

Bonnie Paton Moon, author and a daughter of the late Wally and Marion Paton of Paton’s Birders Haven now in perpetuity and called Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds. 

After her mother’s passing in 2009, Bonnie embarked on a 4 and 1/2 year odyssey, to preserve and protect her parent’s internationally renowned birding Mecca known as Paton’s Birder Haven in Patagonia, AZ. Due to the foresight of the Paton family, and the partnership of the American Bird Conservancy, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and Tucson Audubon Society supported by thousand s of generous supporters, this little gem of birding paradise has now been saved in perpetuity. Saved not only for the birds that have come to depend on the Paton’s habitat for food and water, but also for the future generations of birders and nature enthusiast can share this delightful oasis in the desert. Wally and Marion Paton welcomed thousands of visitors from around the world into their back yard for decades, asking nothing in return. Children of the Depression, Wally and Marion grew up in an era of scarcity and self-sufficiency. The hardships of their early years evoked in them a strong work ethic, compassion, kindness, and a generosity of spirit that was the catalyst in transforming their yard into a tiny piece of birding paradise.

Bonnie Paton Moon’s recently published book and eBook, “Journey Home” is the remarkable story of how the world renowned Paton Center for Hummingbirds came to be and how it is being saved for future generations of birdwatchers.

Show Notes:

  • Dedication of the Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds. 
  • Ceremony for the Richard Grand Memorial Meadow.
  • Improvements have been made to the property.
  • making the Center a Monarch Way Station.
  • Jonathan Lutz, site manager for the Paton’s Center property; Just recently became the NEW Executive Director for Tucson Audubon Society.
  • Various historical pieces.
  • Bonnie Paton Moon’s recently published book and eBook, “Journey Home”.
  • Status of the Viewing Pavilion.
  • Wally Paton’s Orchard.
  • “Reunion”

Mentioned In Episode:

BCR 080: Bonnie Paton Moon & Larry Morgan – Paton’s Birders Haven Lives On! Part 1

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  1. Matthew Moon on June 12, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Hey thats my grandma!

    • BirdCallsRadio on March 21, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      Hey Mathew, Yes it certainly is. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I had a great time talking with your grandmother Bonnie all about the history of the Paton Birder’s Haven update and her book. Bonnie is a dear friend. Cheers, Mardi Dickinson, Host of BCR.

  2. Zach Moon on March 16, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    That’s My Grandma Too!

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