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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
September & October starts at 7 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
Starts November 5th at 8 a.m.
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.
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 Birds at Agua Caliente Park - NOW $5 FEE 
Pima County leads this walk--please register below on Pima County's website
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation 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. 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.
Meeting times: Sept – Oct: 8:00 am,  Nov – Feb: 8:30 am, Mar – Apr: 8:00 am, May – Aug: 7:30 am.
Online registration now required, $5 fee. Online registration: www.pima.gov/nrpr. 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. Further PCNRPR bird trips can be found here.

 

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-209-1811.

 

OCTOBER

October 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 for this trip here. 
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

October 2--Sunday 7 a.m.
El Rio Open Space Preserve (Coachline Gravel Pit)
Trip rating: Easy/moderate. Walking distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: Mostly flat dirt ground, somewhat uneven in places with occasional rocky and sandy surfaces. 
We’ll bird the Coachline Gravel Pit area in search of fall migrants, resident birds, and if lucky maybe a rarity or two. Meet at 7 a.m. in front of the Walgreens on the corner of Twin Peaks Road and Coachline Blvd. in Marana and we will caravan from there. Finish by 10 a.m. Water, walking shoes, sunhat, sunscreen, and bug spray recommended. No on-site restroom facilities. Limit 10 participants. Please register for this trip here.
Leaders:
 Ken Murphy, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

October 9--Sunday 7 a. m.
WOW Arizona, Welcome Fall Birds & Hummingbirds
Trip Rating:Easy/moderate Walking distance: 1k Surface: 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). Please register for this trip here.
Leaders: Christopher Vincent & MaryEllen Landen, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 520.907.8735

October 15--Saturday 7 a.m.
Pena Blanca Lake
Trip Rating: Easy. Distance: 1-2 miles over mostly level ground. 
Join Tucson Audubon for a birding saunter around this picturesque little birding spot. We'll be looking for late migrants and whatever else dares to be found. Meet at the Green Valley McDonalds at Continental Plaza at 7:00 AM. Bug spray is suggested. There is a limit of 20 birders so registration is required.  If you don't sign up and don't receive confirmation, please do not show up at the meeting site. Please register for this trip here. 
Leader: Clifford Cathers, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 520.982.3272

October 18--Tuesday 9 a.m.
Birding at the Tucson Botanical Gardens 
Trip Rating: Easy. Walking 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 the gardens. Meet at the gardens--2150 N Alvernon Way. No online registration necessary.
Leader: Kendall Kroesen,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-209-1806

October 23--Sunday 7 a. m.
WOW Arizona, Welcome Fall Birds & Hummingbirds
Trip Rating:Easy/moderate Walking distance: 1k Surface: 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). Please register here starting Thursday, October 6.
Leaders: Christopher Vincent & MaryEllen Landen,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 520.907.8735

 

NOVEMBER

November 5--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 a.m. Sunhat, water and walking shoes recommended. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 15 participants. Please register here starting Thursday, October 6. 
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

November 5--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.

November 15--Tuesday 9 a.m.
Birding at the Tucson Botanical Gardens 
Trip Rating: Easy. Walking 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 the gardens. Meet at the gardens--2150 N Alvernon Way. No online registration necessary. 
Leader: Kendall Kroesen,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-209-1806 

November 15--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 October 24 at 1 p.m.
Leader: John Higgins. 520-578-1830  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

November 19--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.

November 25--Friday 7:30 a.m.
Black Friday Birding

Trip Rating: Easy. Walking distance: 1-2 miles over mostly level ground.
Skip the crowds and join Tucson Audubon for an early morning birding adventure around northeast Tucson hotspots.  Doorbusters begin at 7:30 a.m. when additional species after the first ten are 50% off! Meet in the parking lot behind the Pima County Sheriff's Department in northeast Tucson at Tanque Verde and Bear Canyon Road at 7:30 AM. There is a limit of 20 birders so registration is required. If you don't sign up and don't receive confirmation, please do not show up at the meeting site. Please register here starting Monday October 31 at 1 p.m. 
Leader:
Clifford Cathers, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 520.982.3272

 

DECEMBER

December 3--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 November 7 at 1 p.m. 
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

December 3--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.

December 7--Wednesday 9 -11 a.m.
Kennedy Park Big Sit
Trip rating: Easy.  Distance: 0.  Ground conditions: paved, ADA accessible
Join John Higgins for a "big sit"--that is, an effort to see how many birds can be seen from one spot. Non-birders, beginning birders and mobility-challenged people are especially encouraged to attend. More details available here later. Please register for this trip here beginning on Monday November 14 at 1 p.m.
Leader: John Higgins, 520-578-1830,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

December 17--Saturday 6:30 - 3 p.m.
Nogales Christmas Bird Count/Sonoita Creek
Trip rating: Moderate. Portions of hike will be wet and muddy.
If you would like to participate in a Christmas Bird Count, join me for a hike along and or in Sonoita Creek as part of the Nogales Count. This stretch of Sonoita Creek, in the Rio Rico area, is active with bird life as well as beautiful country. Dress for the weather, bring water, snack and lunch. This hike may entail some rock hopping across the creek depending on water level, so wear footwear you won't mind getting wet and muddy. Meet at 6:30am at the Fry's parking lot Irvington and 1-19. We can make a stop at the McDonald's in Green Valley if you live in the area. Back by 3pm. Registration for this trip will begin on November 14th at 1 p.m.
Leader: Michael Bissontz, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 520-577-8778.

December 17--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

January 7--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 December 5 at 1 p.m. 
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

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. Please register here starting Monday January 9 at 1 p.m. 
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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 at 1 p.m.
Leader: John Higgins. 520-578-1830  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 )

 

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 at 1 p.m. 
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Note: We will be scheduling periodic member-only, or member-priority, birding trips to encourage membership in Tucson Audubon. Most trips will remain free and open to the general public. 


 

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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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 Luke Safford.

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.

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

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