Tucson Audubon Society: Southeast Arizona Birding Festival – Enabling Every Body to Use Birding as Empowerment

Birds and birding can bring so much joy and empowerment to everybody, especially people with disabilities and other health concerns.

Join Birdability founder Virginia Rose, who has used a manual wheelchair for 48 years, and Birdability Coordinator Freya McGregor, an occupational therapist with a background in blindness and low vision services, to learn how a brand new nonprofit is working to enable that. Hear Virginia’s story about the joys she’s found in birding, and what Birdability is doing to share those joys with everybody with access challenges. Discover some simple actions you can take to be a more welcoming and inclusive birder. And help Birdability ensure that birding truly is for everybody and every body! Learn more about Birdability at birdability.org or on social media @birdability

Virginia Rose, founder of Birdability and Board member of Travis Audubon in Austin, Texas has been a paraplegic for 48 years. She began birding 18 years ago and realized she needed to help others with access challenges discover the joys of birding.

Freya McGregor (she/her), OTR/L, CIG is the Birdability Coordinator and an occupational therapist. Birding since childhood, her ‘dodgy’ knee often creates an accessibility challenge for her. With a clinical background in blindness and low vision services, she works in her spare time for the radio show and podcast Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds, and is passionate about enabling all birders and potential future birders to enjoy birding and nature as much as she does.

  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Free with Festival Registration


All activities (unless otherwise noted) for the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival will be based out of the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park445 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona, 520-881-4200.


Part of the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival!

Proceeds from this event support Tucson Audubon’s work to protect birds and the places they live and your participation illustrates value of our region’s spectacular biodiversity. Together we can send an important message that Birders Mean Business – THANK YOU!

  • Audience: Adult
  • Genre: Field Sciences
  • Type: Expo/Festival, Presentation
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Aug 11 2022


3:30 pm - 4:35 pm



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