TRIP BIRDING ETHICS - PLEASE READ
Approach birding with the health and safety of nesting birds and bird populations as your first priority. For more on how to protect birds while birding, see the American Birding Association's statement of birding ethics at www.aba.org/about/ethics.html.
- Sweetwater Wetlands Update: Birders at Sweetwater Wetlands may have noticed the inflow stream is dry and the pond levels are going down. Tucson Water says that water to the wetlands from the old Roger Road Wastewater Facility has been turned off, and the plant is being decommissioned. Water from the new Agua Nueva treatment plant will not flow into the wetlands until some time in March. Pond levels are likely to get quite low, especially if our winter weather continues to be so dry. There are updates about the wetlands at Tucson Water's Sweetwater Wetlands Web page: tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater.
- NOTE: Green Valley Water Reclamation Facility is closed to birding until March 2014 due to construction
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Sweetwater Wetlands - Wednesdays
Wake up with the Birds at Agua Caliente Park - Thursdays
March 8—Saturday 8 am
Birding for Kids/Families at Sweetwater Wetlands
Young people and families interested in birds and nature are invited to attend this free bird walk. We will first learn how to use binoculars and then take a slow and easy walk around this gem of habitat in the city. Sweetwater Wetlands is a favorite stop for Tucson birders and you will find out why: it is full of birds! We are meeting in the parking lot of sweetwater wetlands, loaner binoculars will be available. Bring water, hat and a snack, we will end by 10am. Directions for finding Sweetwater Wetlands is available at tucsonaudubon.org/sweetwater
March 15--Saturday 7am
Pena Blanca Lake - TRIP CANCELLED
March 22—Saturday 8am
Tucson Hills and Kings Canyon Plants
There has been a great soaking rain in November and you know the old saying: "November showers brings March flowers". So come out with us to look for those March flowers. We can meet at the Saguaro National Park West Visitor center at 8 am in the parking lot. Bring a lunch, a hand lens (if you have one), binoculars and walking shoes. The poppies, fairy dusters and lupines should be great and you will also learn about a bunch of small plants that maybe you have never noticed before.
March 27--Thursday 4:45 am
Maricopa Burrowing Owls
This field trip is also an informal survey to assess what birds are using this oasis of restored habitat tucked within working agriculture fields. This private residence has been kind enough to grant us access to see the upwards of 30 Burrowing Owl burrows on their property and they will definitely be a target bird for the trip. We will be meeting at 4:45am at the QT gas station on Cortaro Farms Rd and I-10. We will be back by 3pm, bring a lunch. Limit 25
March 29—Saturday 7 am
Fort Lowell Park
Tucson's Fort Lowell Park is centrally located, easy to get to and has good birds. With a pond, mature trees and some areas of native vegetation, we'll be able to find resident birds, remaining wintering species and spring migrants. It's a great trip for neighbors, beginners and out-of-towners. The trip is cosponsored by Friends of Ft. Lowell Park. Contact leader to sign up and for directions to the meeting place.
April 5 – Saturday 8 am
Sabino Canyon NEW TRIP
We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert uplands and Sabino Creek riparian areas. The 4-mile walk includes rocky uneven trails. Meet at the ramada by the Visitor’s Center at 5700 N Sabino Canyon Road. $5 parking fee. Return by noon. Sunhat, water and walking shoes recommended. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Please email to reserve a space, limit 15 participants.
April 23--Wednesday 8 a.m.
Benson and Willcox Ponds
Let's see what shorebirds, gulls and swallows are headed north. Meet at 8 a.m. on west side of Houghton Road north of I-10 or at 8:45 a.m. at the Benson Treatment Ponds. Back by 1 p.m. Will be warm. Carpooling recommended (200 mile round trip.) No limit but PLEASE SIGN UP BY PHONE OR EMAIL.
April 29—Tuesday 4:30 AM
Birding on foot in some of the canyons on Fort Huachuca. Because the Army limits the number of participants on the trails, this trip will be limited to twelve participants (including the leader) in three high-clearance vehicles. Contact the leader by email to reserve a place. All participants must have a government-issued picture ID, and all drivers must have drivers license, car registration, and proof-of-insurance. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please let the leader know when you make your reservation. Be prepared to hike on rough rocky trails that are steep in places. Bring lunch. 160 miles round trip.