Join us in support of the Birds of The Oasis
Come and hear what’s been happening at the sanctuary including the progress of the Capital Expansion Project!
The day will be packed with a compelling presentation, stunning photography, information and insights of the Rio Grande Valley parrots. And of course, there will be lots of time to spend with The Oasis birds and a delicious lunch. Registration is open now! We are looking forward to seeing you.
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Charles Alexander
We are pleased to have wildlife artist, writer and conservationist Charles Alexander, present “Flight of the Castaways.”
Charles will share stories from his wild parrot research in the Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas. Now in its ninth year, his ongoing study across the Valley’s urban environment, just a few miles from the Mexican border, has revealed a surprising and colorful world of close-knit parrot families, territorial rivalries, hungry predators, and human-imposed challenges. Over the years, Charles has searched for Valley hotspots where the social lives and breeding behavior of native green parakeets and red-crowned parrots are best observed, getting to know and recognize individual parrot personalities. Time and again, the Valley’s wild parrots have demonstrated their compelling strategies for surviving and thriving within the man-made jungle. Following the free-wheeling flocks year after year has proven to be among the artist’s greatest adventures. Read Charles’ bio below.
Charles Alexander Bio
Charles Alexander is a wildlife artist, writer, and naturalist living in the Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas. His paintings have hung in prestigious museums and exhibitions from coast to coast, from San Francisco’s Ft Mason Center in aid of Congo’s Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary, to New Jersey’s Hiram Blauvelt Museum, one of the few museums in the US dedicated exclusively to the art of the natural world. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Birder’s World, The Bulletin of the World Pheasant Association, Texas Birds Annual and Art into Action, a commemorative book featuring the work of seventy-nine international artists in celebration of the founding of the United Nations World Environment Program.
In search of subjects and stories, Charles’ work has taken him to from the Great Migration crossings and Rift Valley flamingo lakes of East Africa, to Alaska’s Islands of the Seals, to Deep South swamps in search of the Ivory-billed woodpecker eye witnesses.
In early 2020, he will journey to Tasmania to research the 1930’s history of Benjamin, the last Thylacine on earth.
Since 2012, Charles has followed the lives of the Rio Grande Valley’s wild red-crowned parrots and green parakeets, recording detailed daily observations across the urban jungle. Year after year, the Valley’s parrots have reaffirmed the basic truth that parrots are family, that wild parrots should fly free.
Inspired by my fascination with the lost Carolina parakeet of my native American South, I’ve been following the wild green parakeet and red-crowned parrot flocks here in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas since March 2012. Though I began with an intensive study of green parakeets, the Valley’s charismatic red-crowned parrots soon proved impossible to ignore. Since June 2018, I’ve had the rare chance to document the complete nesting of both green parakeets and red-crowned parrots side-by-side at a local bank and shopping plaza here in Brownsville, just a few miles from the Mexican city of Matamoros. The birds have chosen cavities in the bank building’s facade of styrofoam columns, the green parakeets nesting within just a few feet of active amazon nests. My observations across the Valley are year round and keep me searching for local hotspots where the wild parrots best reveal the stories of their lives.
The Oasis Sanctuary is located 25 miles north of Benson, Arizona (in the area of Cascabel).
Tucson International Airport is most convenient – about a 90 minute drive to the sanctuary.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is approximately 200 miles north – about a 3.25 hour drive to the sanctuary.
If arriving by air a rental car is necessary. There is approximately 5 miles of dirt road to reach the Sanctuary from the south, so it is important to have appropriate transportation.
Motel Accommodations In Benson include:
- Quality Inn 520-586-3646
- Motel 6 520-586-0066
- Comfort Inn 520-586-8800
- Copper Stay Inn 520-586-1530
- Days Inn 520-720-0055
If you will be staying in Benson, won’t you join us for dinner after the event, dutch treat? Location to be provided on event day.