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General Information

  • Tucson Audubon field trips are free, unless stated otherwise. 
  • Contact the trip leader with questions. For general questions or help registering, contact the Field Trip Coordinator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-209-1811.
  • Trip birding ethics: Approach birding with the health and safety of birds as your first priority. Tucson Audubon uses the American Birding Association's position on birding ethics, including the use of playback, at www.aba.org/about/ethics.html.
  • Field trip leaders are in charge of all aspects of the day's birding. Please follow their instructions at all times.
  • For more field trip information, see "Important Field Trip Information" in the column to the right.

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Weekly Tucson Audubon Bird Walks - No registration required

Wednesday Mornings at Sweetwater Wetlands
November through February starts at 8 a.m.
Trip rating: easy; Walking distance: 1 mile; Trip duration: 2 hr; Elevation gain: none; Ground condition: concrete and dirt trails. Restrooms at the trailhead. 
Join Luke Safford for an easy walk through the Sweetwater Wetlands to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2617 W Sweetwater Drive.
Contact Luke with questions, 520-576-6044, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Every Wednesday. Start times: November - Feb: 8 a.m.; March - April: 7 a.m.; May - August: 6 a.m.; September - Oct: 7 a.m.

Saturday Mornings at Arivaca Cienega, November-April
Trip rating: Easy. Walking distance: About 2 miles. Trip duration: 2 1/2 – 3 1/2  hours. Elevation gain: minimal. Ground condition: good dirt trails and sometimes boardwalks. Restrooms at the parking lot only.
 
Join Bob and one of several expert birder leaders for a walk through this great birding site consisting up upland desert, grassland and wetlands. You will likely see 30-55 species depending on the season, including potentially some southeast Arizona specialties. RSVP not required. From Tucson, go south on I-19 to Amado exit 42, exit right, the Arivaca road is across from the Longhorn Bar. It is not a high speed road. The Arivaca Cienega trailhead (plenty of parking) is located 1/4 mile before the town of Arivaca and is well-marked. No online registration required.
Contact Bob at 520-399-2873,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
November through April. Start time 8 a.m. 

Weekly Walks from Tucson Audubon Partners

Thursday Mornings at Agua Caliente Park-- led by Pima County NRPR $5 Fee, Registration Required
November through February starts at 8:30 a.m.
PCNRPR offers this guided birding walk in the desert oasis of Agua Caliente Park to spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds, and raptors. Binoculars are available for use. Online registration required at Pima County's website at www.pima.gov/nrpr, $5 fee. Location: Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Visit the Tucson Audubon Nature Shop at Agua Caliente Park after the walk. Further PCNRPR bird trips can be found here.
Meeting times: Sept – Oct: 8:00 am, Nov – Feb: 8:30 am, Mar – Apr: 8:00 am, May – Aug: 7:30 am.
For more information, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 520-615-7855.

Specialty Over-Night Field Trips

April 29 - May 6
Migration in Southwest Ohio
Trip Rating: Easy, relaxed tour pace. Distance:  most walks over flat ground, ability to climb steps and moderate hills and withstand high humidity, hot or cold temps, wind and rain, as well as walking in mud or loose gravel are general requirements.
This field trip is designed to take advantage of the eastern migration in southwestern Ohio where the peak movement of birds and returning breeders occurs during the first week of May. This tour is geared toward western birders who want to experience something new and take in the volume and variety of bird song on an early morning in Ohio. We will have a goal to see 125 or more species ranging from common to rare, many of which are scarcely seen here in Southeast Arizona. See a prospective bird list here. A per participant registration fee of $100 is the share of the leader’s expenses and will be sent to Clifford Cathers for confirmation of participation. Along with registering online please fill out this form and send to Clifford with the registration fee. Transportation to Dayton, lodging, rental car, food, etc., are the sole responsibility of each participant with an estimated cost per participant of $1,468 including the registration. Further details, along with the draft trip itinerary, can be found here. Minimum of 6 participants needed; 16 participants max. To begin the registration process sign-up here with Tucson Audubon.
Leader: Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272

June 23-25
El Aribabi Conservation Ranch in Northern Sonora Mexico
Trip Rating: Moderate. All the walks are on flat ground, and excursions are within about 2 km of the lodge. Participants must be prepared to wade across sections of the river (not deep, but you will get your feet/boots wet) and be able to cross downed logs in the river corridor to get to a specific viewing spot (like to see a Rose-throated Becard or Sinaloa Wren nest). Water shoes are beneficial.
Looking for a low-cost Mexican birding adventure? Join Jim Rorabaugh, Chris Rohrer, and Kathy Cooper for a two night stay at El Aribabi Conservation Ranch along the R?o Cocospera, 35 miles south of the border in Sonora, Mexico where many of the tough to find specialty birds of SE Arizona are easier to find. Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Five-striped Sparrow, Sinaloa Wren, and Buff-collared Nightjar are expected, with Green Kingfisher, Rose-throated Becard, and White-tipped Dove as area specialties as well. As Jim says, “Yellow-billed Cuckoos are thick as fleas”! Birding and naturalist walks will be conducted along the R?o Cocospera and adjoining areas. Cost is $60/night per person to stay in the lodge or $30/night per person for camping; $35/person for food, which includes beer and wine. Transportation will occur in personal vehicles and carpooling will be encouraged. You can find recommendations for border crossing here and find out more about El Aribabi here. Maximum of 15 participants; there are limited beds in the lodge of varied quality. You will need to have check/cash prepared for the lodge upon arrival and payment for food ready for Kathy Cooper. To begin the registration process sign-up here.
Leaders:
Kathy Cooper, Chris Rohrer, & Jim Rorabaugh, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Current Trips - Please register for trips by clicking on the registration link found in the trip descriptions below.

THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT REGISTERING
1. To register for a trip, please click on the registration link at the end of that trip's description
2. You will receive a confirmation email if the trip is not full (or has no limit)
3. If the trip is full, you will be put on the waiting list (but you will receive no email)
4. If you are on the waiting list and a place becomes available, you will be contacted by the field trip leader
5. If you are registered and must cancel, contact the leader or coordinator ASAP to free your space.
6. If you have trouble signing up, contact the field trip coordinator, 520-209-1811.

January 21--Saturday 7 a.m.
Redington Pass in the Rincon Mountains
Trip rating: Moderate. Walking distance: Short excursions. Ground conditions: Uneven terrain. Driving: 35 miles.
Meet at Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde at the McDonald’s on the east side at 7:00 am.  We will make a short stop at Wentworth and check the wash, then head into the Rincon Mountains as far as Bellota Pond.  High-clearance vehicles are desired.  Short excursions over uneven terrain is to be expected.  With any luck, we should find Woodhouse Scrub Jay, Juniper Titmouse, Black-chinned Sparrows, Western Bluebirds, Crissal Thrasher. . . maybe???  Return after a late lunch.  Bring plenty of water and your lunch. Please register for this trip here.
Leader: Melody Kehl,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 21--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

January 25--Wednesday 8 a.m.
Avra Valley: Hawks for Beginners
Trip rating: Easy. Walking distance: none. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: standing on the side of the road.
After a quick check of Kennedy Park Lake, we will drive around the south half of Avra Valley looking for Red-Tailed Hawks, Kestrels, Black Vultures  and other raptors. There will be scopes and ID guides. Round trip of 50 miles on paved and graded dirt roads. Carpooling encouraged. Be ready for cold and mud. Restrooms at Kennedy Park and Saguaro NP West. Meet at the parking lot of Mission Library at the NW corner of Mission Road and Ajo Way. Back before noon. Non-birders and those who are mobility-challenged are especially invited (You can do this trip without ever getting out of your car!). Call or email leader if any questions. No limit but please register for this trip here.
Leader:
John Higgins. 520-578-1830   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

January 28 – Saturday 8:30am
Cienega Creek Natural Preserve
Trip Rating: Moderate. 1-2 miles with short, steep ascent near parking lot and possibly creek crossings, mostly flat walking on trails.
A guided walk along Cienega Creek, a perennial stream lined with some of the most intact riparian habitat in southern Arizona. This wooded corridor, with its mature willow and cottonwood trees, is in stark contrast to the surrounding Sonoran Desert habitat. Permanent and wintering birds we might expect to see in January include Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Black-tailed Gnatcatchers, Canyon Towhees, Black Phoebes, Red-naped Sapsuckers and Greater Roadrunners.  We will meet at the Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead parking lot located off Marsh Station Road. Parking is free and the trip leader has a group permit from Pima County. Other than a fairly steep ¼ mile hike from the parking lot to the creek, the rest is a flat walk along the creek and maybe a short walk up the Arizona Trail.  Hiking footwear is recommended. Depending on the current streamflow, we might have to ford the creek by stepping across on large rocks. Call or email the leader if you have questions. Limited to 12 people. Please register for this trip here. One spot left!
Leader: Joe LaTourrette. 360-754-2594 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

January 29--Sunday 8:30 a.m.
WOW Arizona, Winter Birds and Hummingbirds
Trip Rating: Easy-Moderate; Walking Distance: 1k; Ground Condition: gravel/path/pavement.
71 feeders, 5 water features, riparian areas. WOW Arizona, an e-bird Hotspot, 3 miles east of Catalina is a 3-acre haven for birds and wildlife over 150 species documented to date. Towhees, Warblers, Hawks, Rufous-winged Sparrows, Grosbeaks…See the 'house bird List’.  Guided walk on the ground's pathways to known activity areas amongst the diverse habitats. Then, time on the Hummingbird Patios, two areas surrounded by 25+ feeders scant feet from the seating area, remaining time free to roam. Limit 8 people. Coffee, tea, and water provided. Please wear neutral colors and be respectful of others. NO OBTRUSIVE CAMERAS, TRIPODS, PROS(Smugmug, Flickr, etc.). Parking limited, please carpool if possible. Money for feed fund happily accepted. WOW Arizona, a 501(c)(3). Field Trip is FULL.  Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Leaders: Christopher Vincent & MaryEllen Landen    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     520.907.8735

FEBRUARY

February 4--Saturday 8 a.m.
Sabino Canyon
Trip rating: Easy hiking. Walking distance: 3.5 miles. Elevation gain: 25 ft. Ground conditions: Rocky trails. 
We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian areas. Meet at the ramada by the Visitor’s Center at 5700 N Sabino Canyon Road. $5 parking fee. Return by 11 am. Sunhat, water and walking shoes recommended. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 15 participants. Field trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

February 4--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

February 5--Sunday 8 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Patagonia Lake State Park
Meet at 8:00am at the “Birding Trail” information sign, found at the NE end of the campground; spaces here are limited (5), so please be flexible as some participants may need to park at the marina/store and walk from there.
Difficulty: Easy; 1-2 miles round-trip; flat riparian corridor; hiking on well-maintained dirt trails
Patagonia Lake SP is among the most productive and well-birded hotspots in SE Arizona, and for good reason! An array of habitats merge, each rich with its own community of birds: semi-desert grassland slopes, open water, and a dense riparian corridor with year-round flowing water. Winter species totals over 65 are not unusual, and often include: ducks, cormorants, and grebes on the lake itself; Verdin, Gray Flycatcher, Pyrrhuloxia, Rufous-winged Sparrow, and more on the surrounding slopes; and winter flocks along Sonoita Creek with birds such as Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warbler, Dusky Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Abert’s Towhee, etc. The park is also home to several pairs of Black-capped Gnatcatchers, and has hosted several winter rarities recently: Green Kingfisher, Winter Wren, Cattle Egret, and California Gull. You just never know what will turn up next! Field trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Leader: Ken Blankenship ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

February 10—Friday 6:30 a.m.
Florence Farmlands
Trip Rating: Easy. Mostly car birding, plus some walking on varied surfaces.
We will meet up at the QT on Cortaro/I-10 and leave promptly at 6:30 a.m. to arrive in Florence at 7:45am. We will wrap up about 11 a.m. and arrive back in Tucson around 12:15 p.m. First we’ll drive Arizona Farms Road for likely burrowing owls and possible ferruginous hawks, with a stop at a cattle pen for blackbirds. Then we’ll head east into the farmlands behind the prisons.  This seems an unlikely area, but can be quite productive, including sparrows, raptors, cardinals, meadowlarks, common desert birds and more. Limited to 7 participants. Field trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Leader:
Kathe Anderson, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

February 11--Saturday 5 a.m.
Big Thrasher Day! (Curve-billed, Bendire's, Crissal, & LeConte's)
Trip rating: All day, lots of driving, bring good walking shoes. Ground conditions: Uneven terrain. Driving: 400 miles.
A long trip for some great birds. With any luck we should have Sagebrush and Bell's Sparrow, 4 species of thrasher with the LeConte's as the dessert to entice us. Terrain is uneven and you will want good walking shoes. On our way back, we will take a side trip into Santa Cruz Flats with Crested Caracara and Moutain Plover as possibilities. Meet at at the QT on Cortaro/I-10 at 5:00 am. Plan for all day, bring lunch and plenty of water. Please register for this trip here.
Leader:
Melody Kehl, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

February 14--Tuesday 9 a.m.
Birding at the Tucson Botanical Gardens 
Trip Rating: Easy. Distance 0.25 to 0.50 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: paved and smooth dirt trails.
 
Tucson Audubon partners with the Tucson Botanical Gardens for a garden bird walk. The walk is especially good for beginning bird watchers and those interested in attracting birds to their own yards. Along the way we'll point out some of the many bird-friendly plants at the gardens and give you ideas for how to bring birds into your own yard. There will be a limited number of loaner binoculars for for guests to borrow. The birding is free but there is an entrance fee to enter the gardens. Meet at the gardens--2150 N Alvernon Way. No online registration necessary. 
Leader: Kendall Kroesen

February 18--Saturday 7:30 a.m.
Patagonia Sonoita Creek Preserve
Trip Rating:  Easy.  Distance:  2 miles over semi-level ground.
It's the black hole of the birding year but we'll try to scrape together a decent list of species at the preserve and later at the Paton Center. Please meet at the Patagonia - Sonoita Creek Preserve Parking area at 7:30 AM. There is a limit of 20 birders. If you do not sign up and do not receive confirmation, please do not show up at the meeting site. Please register here starting Monday, January 23rd.
Leader:
 Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272.

February 18--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

February 20--Monday 9 a.m.
Molino Basin Campground
Trip Rating: Moderate; Walking Distance: 2 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr ; Elevation Gain: 100 feet, but between 4300 and 4400 foot elevation; Ground Condition: campground roads but some side trails. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available. 
Carpooling highly encouraged. Meet at the  McDonald's Parking lot at 9075 E Tanque Verde Rd at 9:00 am as a carpooling location, and bring your Interagency Annual Pass to display in your car window as it is a fee area.  We will explore the riparian area all along the road and into some side trails looking for birds of the desert grassland and open oak woodland ecosystems.  Sturdy shoes are recommended and please bring water. Rain or snow automatically cancels the trip. Limited to 15 people. Please register here starting Monday, January 30th.
Leader: Laurel Salvador  630-344-9803

February 21--Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
Reid Park Ramble
Trip rating: easy. Walking distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: paved paths, grass. 

We will walk around the park for two hours looking for wintering waterfowl, raptors and woodpeckers. Easy pace. Meet at the bus stop in front of the Adaptive Rec Center Pool (looks like a big white circus tent) north of the zoo entrance. Turn off 22nd St. on to Randolph Way and left onto Zoo Ct. Call or email leader if any questions. No limit but please sign up for trip here starting Monday, January 30.
Leader: John Higgins. 520-578-1830  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Saturday, February 25--Saturday 7:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Northeast Tucson
Trip rating: Short walks of 300 yards in sandy washes and brushy fields. Soft earth in fields may sink underfoot a few inches at times due to burrowing activity.
Come out to experience grassland sparrows and wintering waterfowl within the northeast Tucson area! We will explore the lakes and grassland habitat in the Castlerock neighborhood, which can be a magnet for falcons as well. Tanque Verde Loop will also provide some rich riparian habitat which has had some nice rarities over the years. Great trip for beginners! Limit to lucky 21 participants. Meeting place TBD. Please register for this trip here starting Thursday, February 2.
Leaders: Brian Nicholas ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Paul Suchanek ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

February 25--Saturday 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Hunter Canyon
Meet at 7:30am at the new USFS Office at 4070 S Avenida Saracino, Hereford, AZ 85615. We will drive to the start of Hunter Canyon Rd from there, combine into higher clearance vehicles, and drive to the trailhead.
Difficulty: Moderate; 2.0 miles round-trip; 700’ elevation gain; hiking on rocky trails
Although the 2011 Miller Peak Wilderness fire certainly left its mark, the result is a unique combination of habitats that are home to a diversity of bird species year-round. The initial hike is dominated by sun-drenched successional oak-scrub; birds that have moved in to fill this niche include: Crissal Thrasher, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Black-chinned Sparrow, Bushtit, Spotted and Green-tailed Towhee, and more. Higher up, the trail enters a stand of conifers and oaky hillsides that were spared when the fire “jumped” the canyon; here we hope to find Yellow-eyed Junco, “Mountain” Pygmy-Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Montezuma Quail, and more. The forest here wasn’t spared completely, however, and the scrubby disturbance habitat has also become home to a resident pair of Rufous-capped Warblers, which we hope will be a well-earned highlight of our hike. Limited to 15 participants. Please register here starting Thursday, February 2.
Leader: Ken Blankenship ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

MARCH

March 4--Saturday 8 a.m.
Sabino Canyon
Trip rating: easy hiking. Walking distance: 3.5 miles. Elevation gain: 25 ft. Ground conditions: Rocky trails. 
We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian areas. Meet at the ramada by the Visitor’s Center at 5700 N Sabino Canyon Road. $5 parking fee. Return by 11 am. Sunhat, water and walking shoes recommended. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 15 participants. Please register here starting Monday, February 6 at 1 p.m. 
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

March 4--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

March 5—Sunday 9 a.m.
Tubac Hawk Watch, Ron Morriss Park
Trip rating: easy. Walking distance: none, mostly stationary. Ground conditions: gravel
Join Stephen Vaughan to document northward migration of raptors along the Santa Cruz River corridor. For several years the Tubac Hawk watch has counted up to 22 species of raptors in this area during the month of March, including Common Black-Hawk, Gray Hawk, and Zone-tailed Hawk. Rarer raptors documented at this location have included Short-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara and Golden Eagle. We suggest you bring folding chairs, hats and drinking water. To get to Ron Morriss Park take I-19 south to exit #40 turn left (east) to the Frontage Road turn right (south) to Bridge Road turn left (east) to the T turn right (south) this is still Bridge Rd it will turn east, go to Calle Iglesia and turn right (south) and follow it into Ron Morriss Country Park. Tubac Hawk watch is operated by Hawk Watch International and runs every day during the month of March with spotters counting daily. Carpooling is encouraged; meet at the Fry’s just east of I-19 (902 W Irvington Rd) at 8:15 a.m.  No limit, but please register here starting Monday, February 6th.
Leader: Stephen Vaughan, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 6--Monday 9 a.m.
Molino Basin Campground
Trip Rating: Moderate; Walking Distance: 2 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr ; Elevation Gain: 100 feet, but between 4300 and 4400 foot elevation; Ground Condition: campground roads but some side trails. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available. 
Carpooling highly encouraged. Meet at the  McDonald's Parking lot at 9075 E Tanque Verde Rd at 9:00 am as a carpooling location, and bring your Interagency Annual Pass to display in your car window as it is a fee area.  We will explore the riparian area all along the road and into some side trails looking for birds of the desert grassland and open oak woodland ecosystems.  Sturdy shoes are recommended and please bring water. Rain or snow automatically cancels the trip. Limited to 15 people. Please register here starting Monday, February 13th.
Leader: Laurel Salvador  630-344-9803

March 11--Saturday 7 a.m.
Tubac De Anza Trail
Trip Rating:  Easy.  Distance:  2-3 miles over semi-level ground.
The early vestiges of migration will have begun and we'll be searching for them along with the black hawks that will be moving through (for those that don't feel like sitting and staring at the sky).  Meet at the Green valley McDonalds on Continetal Road at 7:00 AM.  There is a limit of 20 birders.  If you do not sign up and do not receive confirmation, please do not show up at the meeting site. Please register here starting Monday, February 13th.
Leader:  Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272.

March 16—Thursday 9 a.m.
Tubac Hawk Watch, Ron Morriss Park
Trip rating: easy. Walking distance: none, mostly stationary. Ground conditions: gravel
Join Stephen Vaughan to document northward migration of raptors along the Santa Cruz River corridor. For several years the Tubac Hawk watch has counted up to 22 species of raptors in this area during the month of March, including Common Black-Hawk, Gray Hawk, and Zone-tailed Hawk. Rarer raptors documented at this location have included Short-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara and Golden Eagle. We suggest you bring folding chairs, hats and drinking water. To get to Ron Morriss Park take I-19 south to exit #40 turn left (east) to the Frontage Road turn right (south) to Bridge Road turn left (east) to the T turn right (south) this is still Bridge Rd it will turn east, go to Calle Iglesia and turn right (south) and follow it into Ron Morriss Country Park. Tubac Hawk watch is operated by Hawk Watch International and runs every day during the month of March with spotters counting daily. Carpooling is encouraged; meet at the Fry’s just east of I-19 (902 W Irvington Rd) at 8:15 a.m.  No limit, but please register here starting Monday, February 13th.
Leader: Stephen Vaughan,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 18--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

March 20--Monday 9 a.m.
Molino Basin Campground
Trip Rating: Moderate; Walking Distance: 2 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr ; Elevation Gain: 100 feet, but between 4300 and 4400 foot elevation; Ground Condition: campground roads but some side trails. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available. 
Carpooling highly encouraged. Meet at the  McDonald's Parking lot at 9075 E Tanque Verde Rd at 9:00 am as a carpooling location, and bring your Interagency Annual Pass to display in your car window as it is a fee area.  We will explore the riparian area all along the road and into some side trails looking for birds of the desert grassland and open oak woodland ecosystems.  Sturdy shoes are recommended and please bring water. Rain or snow automatically cancels the trip. Limited to 15 people. Please register here starting Monday, February 20th.
Leader: Laurel Salvador  630-344-9803

March 29--Wednesday 8 a.m.
Tucson Mountain Park, Ironwood Picnic Area : Spring Desert Birds for Beginners
Trip rating: Easy. Walking distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: 50 feet. Ground conditions: paved road.
We will look for the birds that thrive among the palo verdes, chollas and sagauro cactus, such Gilded Flicker and Costa's Hummingbird. Spring arrivals could include Lucy's Warbler, White-Winged Doves, flycatchers and orioles. There will be a scope. Pit toilets but no water. Be read for wind and sun. Meet at the first ramada in the picnic area on Hal Gras Road. From Old Tucson (Gates Pass road and Kinney), drive 1.5 miles southeast on Kinney to Hal Gras road and turn right. From Ajo way and Kinney Road, drive northwest on Kinney Rod 4.8 miles to Hal Gras road and turn left.  Call or email leader if any questions. No limit but please register here starting Monday, February 27th.
Leader: John Higgins. 520-578-1830, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 31—Friday 5:45 a.m.
Aravaipa Road
Trip Rating: Easy. Mostly car birding, plus some walking on varied surfaces.
We will meet at the Bashas’ on Oracle/Golder Ranch Rd. and leave promptly at 5:45 a.m. to arrive at Aravaipa Road at 6:30am. We will wrap up about 11 a.m. and arrive back at our cars around 11:45 a.m. This scenic drive towards the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness travels through rural residential areas, stunning Sonoran Desert and riparian sites, hosting a variety of resident desert species, as well as neo-tropic migrants and summer residents.  Past trips have showcased Gray and Common Black Hawks, roadrunners, desert-nesting Purple Martins, a blue heron rookery, orioles, flycatchers and tanagers. An Aravaipa Road resident is planning to join the group for possible behind-the-scenes visits to neighbors’ yards with feeders. Limited to 7 participants; registration required and will begin here starting Monday, February 27th at 1 p.m.
Leader: Kathe Anderson, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

APRIL

April 1--Saturday 8 a.m.
Sabino Canyon
Trip rating: easy hiking. Walking distance: 3.5 miles. Elevation gain: 25 ft. Ground conditions: Rocky trails. 
We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian areas. Meet at the ramada by the Visitor’s Center at 5700 N Sabino Canyon Road. $5 parking fee. Return by 11 am. Sunhat, water and walking shoes recommended. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 15 participants. Please register here starting Monday, March 6. 
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

April 1--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

April 15--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

April 18th - Tuesday 5:30 a.m.
Puerto Canyon and Spring - Priority for Tucson Audubon Members
Trip Rating: Easy with short walk along old roads
We’ll bird primarily around the spring located in this canyon just west of I19, looking for spring migrants which collect in this grove in the middle of rocky desert habitat.  Return by noon.  Bring water, snacks, sunhat, sunscreen, good walking shoes. Limit 11 participants. Members, please register here starting Thursday, March 16.
Leader: Tim Helentjaris ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

April 23--Sunday 6:30 a.m.
Santa Catalina Mountains
Trip Rating:  Easy.  Distance:  1- 2 miles over semi-level ground.
The summer birds will be returning to the mountains and it's about time to meet them again.  We'll head up the Santa Catalina Mountains in search of the warblers and anything else that's arrived.  Meet at the parking lot behind the Sheriff's Department at Tanque Verde and Bear Canyon Roads at 6:30 AM.  There is a limit of 20 birders.  If you do not sign up and do not receive confirmation, please do not show up at the meeting site. Please register here starting Monday, March 27.
Leader: Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272.

April 26--Wednesday 7:30 a.m.
Avra Valley Wastewater Treatment Ponds: Spring Shorebird Migration for Beginners
Trip rating: Easy. Walking distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: graded dirt road.
After a quick check of Kennedy Park Lake, we will drive out to the Avra Valley ponds on Snyder Hill Road. Walking out to the shallow ponds, we will see which sandpipers, plovers and other wading birds are headed north. Good chances for swallows and raptors There will be a scope and ID guides. Be ready for heat and sun. Restrooms at the park and nearby restaurants but not at the ponds. Meet at the Mission Library parking lot on the NW corner of Ajo Way and Mission Road. Mileage of 30 miles round trip. Car-pooling encouraged. Back by 10:30 a.m. Call or email leader if any questions. No limit but please register for this trip here beginning Monday, March 27.
Leader:
John Higgins. 520-578-1830 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


MAY

May 16th- Tuesday 5:30 a.m.
Rock Corral Canyon - Priority for Tucson Audubon Members
Trip Rating: Moderate with hiking along old road
We’ll hike approximately two miles up this canyon located just west of Tumacacori in the so-named mountains.  We’ll be looking for early arriving breeders and residents in this area known for its luxuriant vegetation due to its protection from grazing.  Great solitude and scenery. Return early afternoon.  Bring good walking shoes, sunhat, sunscreen, water, snacks and/or lunch. Limit 11 participants.  The road in is extremely rough for the first mile or so, so we’ll need another two drivers with high clearance and 4WD vehicles to accommodate everyone, preference given to these drivers. Members, please register here starting Monday, April 17th.
Leader: Tim Helentjaris ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

Important Phone Numbers

General Info: 520 629-0510
University Nature Shop: 520 629-0510 x1
Rare Bird Alert: 520 629-0510 x3
Education: 520 629-0510 x7012
Membership: 520 629-0510 x7002
Agua Caliente Nature Shop: 760-7881
Executive Director: 520 629-0510 x7001
FAX: 520 623-3476

Sick or injured birds, please call:
Tucson Wildlife Center at 520-290-9453

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General Information: Tucson Audubon field trips are free! Contact trip leader for more information about each field trip, or contact Field Trip Coordinator Luke Safford.

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Please dress appropriately for your field trip. Always wear sturdy shoes, a hat, and use sun protection. Bring plenty of snacks and water for yourself. Always bring your binoculars, your field guide, and for most trips a scope can be useful. Bring money to cover your share of the carpooling expenses and any required entry fees (i.e. state parks).

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