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General Information: Tucson Audubon field trips are free! Contact trip leader for more information about each field trip, or the Field Trip Coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , for general questions.

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.

Field trip leaders are in charge of all aspects of the day's birding. You MUST follow their instructions at all times.

IF YOU MUST CANCEL a trip registration, PLEASE contact the leader or trip coordinator ASAP to free up your space!!

 

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Weekly Walks - No sign up required

Sweetwater Wetlands - Wednesdays
Join Bryon Lichtenhan for an easy walk through the Sweetwater wetlands to see waterfowl in the hundreds, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2551 W Sweetwater Dr. Start times are as follows: November-February: 8am, March-April: 7am, May-August: 6am, September-October: 7am. Contact leader with questions, 520-307-6728, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wake up with the Birds at Agua Caliente Park - Thursdays
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation offers guided bird walks especially for beginning bird watchers. Binoculars will be available for use during the walk. Location: Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Free. Meeting times: Sept - Oct - 8am, Nov - Feb - 8:30, Mar - Apr - 8:00, May - Aug - 7:30. For more information, call 629-0510, 615-7855 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=24117

Birding Hikes at Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve - First Fridays
The Nature Conservancy's Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is partnering with Tucson Audubon to provide guided birding hikes. These roughly 2 hour hikes, led by the Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds caretaker Larry Morgan are suitable for birders at any level. While there is no special fee for the hike, normal preserve fees will apply. For more information and start time, please see the TNC site.

Mason Center Saturday Morning Birdwalks - Every other weekend October through April
See our calendar to find the next walk
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After brief feeder watching at the Center, stroll through the desert to Arthur Pack Park for a chance at more species! Great for families! Loaner binoculars are available. RSVP no longer required. Call 520-209-1815. Walk begins at 8am, lasts about 2.5 hours, see the Mason Center page for details. Led by Ken Murphy, Jim Gessaman, or Mary Ellen Flynn.

Arivaca Cienega/Buenos Aires NWR - Saturdays, November thru April
Tucson Audubon bird walk at Arivaca Cienega,  8 AM. Meet at the trailhead for a mostly level walk of approximately 2 miles. You can expect to see 30 to 50 species depending on the season. To get there, take I19 to exit 48 at the town of Amado, then southwest on Arivaca Road approximately 25 miles to the well-marked trailhead about ½ mile before the town of Arivaca. For more information call Bob Rolfson at 520-399-2873.

 

Current Trips - You must sign up online and you will receieve a confirmation email

July 5 - Sunday 6:30-9:00 AM
Hummingbird Morning @ WOW Arizona NEW TRIP
Trip Rating:Easy/Moderate Walking Distance .1-.5 kilometers Ground Conditions: Pavement/Gravel/Dirt pathways
'Wild Outdoor World of Arizona' (WOW Arizona)is a 3-acre haven for birds and wildlife, with extensive meadow and backyard habitat restoration west of Catalina. This riparian oasis, adjacent to the CDO Wash/Catalina State Park Expansion, draws some remarkable birds, over 150 species documented to date. Join us on our 'Hummingbird Patios', two patios completely surrounded by 30 hbird, 14 mixed seed feeders and flowering plants. All feeders numbered and lettered to aid in identification of the different species, including females and juveniles. Five hummingbird species are here daily, more species as migration begins.

Limit 8 people. The $10 suggested donation will be waived for this trip, although contributions for bird food will be appreciated by WOW Arizona, a 501(c)(3). Coffee, tea, water and fruit/muffins provided. Please wear neutral colors and be respectful of others. NO OBTRUSIVE CAMERAS, TRIPODS, PROS (Smugmug, Flickr, etc.). Sign up for trip.

Leaders Christopher Vincent & MaryEllen Landen 520.907.8735 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 11--Saturday 6:00 AM
Santa Ritas
Hopefully the monsoon season has started and sparrows have begun singing as we bird the Santa Ritas from low desert to feeding areas in the canyon. Meet at the Green Valley McDonalds on Continental Road at 6:00 AM. Bring water and sunscreen. You must register online. Please do not attend if you haven't signed up. Back by noon. Sign up for trip.

Leader: Clifford Cathers: 520.982.3272 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 11—Saturday 2:30 PM
California Gulch
Trip Rating: Moderate, Walking Distance: 1/2 mile, Ground Conditions: rocky trail with 250 ft hill
We will head into the gulch via Arivaca with stops to browse the birds along the way as we head into the gulch proper. High Clearance is required!! Our main target is the Five-striped Sparrow. We will owl after we eat. Please wear suitable walking shoes. Bring plenty of water. Bring a chair. Bring your dinner. Meet at McDonald's in Green Valley at 2:30 PM. We should make it out of the gulch at least by 9:00 or 9:30. Sign up for trip.

Leader: Melody Kehl, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-245-4085

July 18--Saturday 7:30 AM
Madera Canyon-Hummingbirds for Beginners TRIP FULL, Sign up below for waiting list
Trip Rating: Easy, Walking Distance: 50 yards, Ground Conditions: pavement
Non-birders and those who are new to birding are especially invited to see a half dozen kinds of hummingbirds. We will go to two sets of feeders and even try to ID the female hummers. Easy paced with little walking. Bring money for "sugar funds," USFS pass and car-pooling. Meet at 7:30 am. at the Fry's parking lot (near store entrance ) on Irvington just east of I-19 (902 W. Irvington) or at 8 a.m. at the Green Valley McDonald's (I-19 and Continental Rd. exit.) Back by noon. Mileage of 70 miles round trip. LIMIT OF 8 PEOPLE. Sign up for trip. Experienced birders are asked to let the non-birders and beginners have a shot at signing up. Call leader if any questions.

Leader: John Higgins, 578-1830, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

August 9--Sunday 6:30 AM
Santa Catalinas
It's the time of year for warbler flocks, sometimes sizeable, and a frenzy of feeding before migration. Meet at the Tanque Verde McDonalds at the Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde Road at 6:30 AM. Bring water and sunscreen. You must register online. Please do not attend if you haven't signed up. Back by noon. Sign up online starting July 6.

Leader: Clifford Cathers: 520.982.3272 or 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 520-903-1104

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Important Field Trip Information

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

Liability Waiver: All participants on Tucson Audubon field trips are required to sign a standard waiver. If you would like to read the waiver before the trip, view it here.

Departure Times: Please arrive before the departure time listed in the trip description. Trips will leave promptly at the time given. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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).

Carpooling: Tucson Audubon strongly encourages carpooling and the sharing of the driver's fuel expenses.  Drivers and trip leaders are not expected to contribute. Directions to frequently used carpooling locations.

Rare Bird Alert
Listen to the latest rare bird alert at 520 629-0510 x3. To report rare birds call the same number, or write to rarebirdalert

After Your Trip
Stop by the Audubon Nature Shop! Check out new books, see wonderful nature items, and chat with volunteers.

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