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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

March 28—Saturday 7:30
Birding at WOW Arizona!
MIGRANTS RETURN! 5 hummingbird species, Bell's & Plumbeous Vireos, NB Tyrannulet, nesting Cooper's Hawks... 33 hummingbird feeders, 27 other feeding stations, 5 water features. WOW Arizona, 3 miles east of Catalina is a 3-acre haven for birds and wildlife, with extensive meadow and backyard habitat restoration, over 140 species documented to date. (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 26 feeders scant feet from the seating area. Guests are free to roam for the rest of the time. Limit 8 people. Coffee, tea and water provided. Please wear neutral colors and be respectful of others. Cameras not inhibiting to others are welcomed, please, no tripods. Parking limited, please carpool if possible. WOW Arizona, a 501(c)(3). Sign up for trip.

Leader: Christopher Vincent This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 520.907.8735

April 4—Saturday 7:00 am
Fort Lowell Park
This is one of the best suburban public parks for birding in Tucson. We’ll begin a loop around the park looking for birds looking for common park birds and any waterfowl on the pond. We’ll check a mesquite thickets for birds like Lucy’s Warblers, Verdins and Black-tailed Gnatcatchers. By 8:30 we will get to the east side of the park where hundreds of Turkey Vultures circle to gain altitude for migration. Sometimes rarer migrant hawks appear here too. Finished by 11 a.m. Sign up for trip.

Leader: Kendall Kroesen, 971-2385, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 4—Saturday 8:00 AM
Sabino Canyon
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 before noon. Sunhat, water and walking shoes recommended. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 15 participants. Sign up for trip.

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

April 7--Tuesday 6:00 AM
Pena Blanca Lake and Environs
This area almost always produces interesting birds, even at this time of year, from Lewis' Woodpecker last year to the current Rufous-capped Warbler. We'll be walking/birding from easy trails on mostly level ground around the lake area. We'll also plan to stop at some interesting nearby areas and on the way back. Bring snacks/lunch, early afternoon return planned. Meet at the Fry's Grocery Store at Irvington and I-19, planning to leave there by 6:00. Trip limited to 11 other participants, preferably in three cars. Sign up for trip starting March 31.

Leader: Tim Helentjaris 520-743-2283 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 21—Tuesday 4:30 AM
Fort Huachuca NEW TRIP
Birding on foot in one 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). All participants must have a government-issued picture ID, and all drivers must have driver's license, car registration, and proof-of-insurance. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please let the leader know. Be prepared to hike on rough rocky trails. Bring lunch. 160 miles round trip. Further information and meeting instructions will be sent to all registered participants. Sign up for trip starting April 1.

Leader: Jim Hays This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (preferred) or 520-203-3489

April 25--Saturday 8 a.m.
Kennedy Park Lake & Avra Valley Wastewater Ponds
"Migration special" for beginner birders and those new to birding. Come see which shorebirds and swallows are passing through. One mile of easy-paced walking on level dirt. There will be scopes and bird ID guides. Meet in the parking lot of the Mission Library on the northwest corner of Ajo Way and Mission Road. 30 mile round trip. Car-pooling encouraged. We will be back by 11 a.m. There is no limit, but you must sign up for trip.

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

May 5—Tuesday 7 a.m.
Atturbury Wash at Lincoln Regional Park NEW TRIP
Whether you are a Tucson birder, a beginner, a resident near Lincoln Park or an out-of-town visitor, please join us to explore this great natural resource right in the City of Tucson. Atturbury Wash in Lincoln Park is one of the remaining intact ephemeral wash floodplains with mesquite bosque vegetation. It has been declared a wildlife sanctuary by the mayor and city council. This is the time of year when the greatest diversity of birds are seen at urban sites like this. Sign up starting April 6.

Leader: Kendall Kroesen 520-971-2385 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 6—Saturday 7 a.m.
Palo Verde Park NEW TRIP
Palo Verde Park is a city park with big lawns and mature trees. This is a good trip for beginners and local residents of the area near the park (near Broadway and Kolb). There are relatively few records for this park and I bet we can find some new species that haven't been recorded there before. Sign up starting May 4.

Leader: Kendall Kroesen 520-971-2385 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.

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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

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

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