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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Sweetwater Wetlands - Wednesdays
Wake up with the Birds at Agua Caliente Park - Thursdays
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, 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.
A New Year Big Day NEW TRIP
Start your year list out on a big day with Tucson Audubon. We'll try to get a 100 species in a day birding our special corner of the world. Meeting time and place to be coordinated with the field trip leader prior to the actual trip. Strictly limited to 12 birders. Please do not sign up unless you intend to participate. You MUST register online.
January 10 --Saturday 7:30 AM
Seven Saturdays, Patagonia: Blue Nose Mine NEW TRIP
Join Tucson Audubon as we explore the Patagonia Mountains via Harshaw Road to the site of the old Blue Nose Mine. We will hope to see Hepatic Tanager, Arizona Woodpecker and other interesting feathered beings. We will also investigate the old mine site and its impacts. Meet at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds at 7:30 AM. You must register on the Tucson Audubon website. Please do not show up unregistered. Limit 15.
January 17—Saturday, 7:30 am
Himmel Park is a convenient, mid-town park. This is a great place for beginners to familiarize themselves with common suburban and park birds in Tucson. Cooper’s Hawks, American Kestrels, Lesser Goldfinches, Gila Woodpeckers and Vermilion Flycatchers are seen here. This time of year there may be Red-naped Sapsuckers and other wintering species. Finished by 10 a.m. Register online.
January 24--Saturday 8 a.m.
Hawks for Beginners: Avra Valley
We will drive around and get out on the side of the road to look at hawks perched on the power poles: Red-tailed Hawks, Kestrels and who knows what else. New birders and non-birders of all ages, as well as those who are challenged by mobility, are especially invited. We will have scopes and hawk charts. 40-mile round trip on paved and graded dirt roads. Car-pooling encouraged. Meet at Mission Library parking lot (NW corner of Mission Road and Ajo Way) at 8 a.m. Back by noon. There is no limit, but you must register online.
February 17—Tuesday 7:30 am
Rio Vista Natural Resources Park
This city park combines playgrounds, a small turf area, equestrian access to the Rillito and lots of native vegetation. This results in a good mix of bird species. We will walk around the park and the out to the trail along the Rillito. We should see a combination of resident desert, wintering birds and some of the raptors that prowl the Rillito in the winter. It’s a great place to become acquainted with Tucson’s birds. Register online starting January 6.
February 24--Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
Reid Park Ramble
We will walk around the park looking for ducks, hawks, herons and other birds wintering there. Distance of a mile on flat ground for two hours. Drive to the parking lot for the zoo (from 22nd St., go north on Randolph Way then west on Zoo Court). Meet at the bus stop in front of the Edith Ball Adaptive Pool (looks like big white circus tent), not the zoo entrance. Non-birders and people new to birding are especially invited. There is no limit, but you must register online.
March 14—Saturday 7:00am
We will walk around the park looking for waterbirds, raptors, early spring migrants and any possible rarities. Drive to the parking lot for the zoo: from 22nd Street, go north on Randolph Way then west on Zoo Court. Meet on the east side of the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center, looks like big white circus tent. We'll plan on finishing up by around 9 a.m. Register online starting January 31.
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. Register online starting February 21.