Tucson, Arizona

August Nature Happenings

• Orioles and grosbeaks are migrating south for winter; most are gone by end of month

• Hummingbird activity remains strong as migraters join our year-round birds

• Earliest fall songbird migrants arrive - have seed available for them

• White-winged doves leaving the area for winter

• Grasses are greening up in response to summer rains and begin producing seeds

• Gila monsters finishing up their summer breeding season

• House Finches with young still coming to feeders

• Male tarantulas on the move, looking for females with which to mate

• Mockingbirds, Orioles, Phainopepla and others taking advantage of ripening desert hackberries

• Summer butterflies are out in droves this month