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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 Luke Safford 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, 520-576-6044, 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 NOW $5 FEE
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.
Online registration now required, $5 fee. Online registration: www.pima.gov/nrpr
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

September 5—Saturday 6:30 AM
Chiricahuas TRIP FULL
It's been a long time since we've done this trip, but it's time for a targeted search for Mexican Chickadee on the west side of the Chiricahuas. There should be good numbers of mountain transients as well. We'll also check Cochise Lakes for water birds. Meet at I-10 and Houghton (NW corner) at 6:30 AM. Bring water, lunch and sunscreen. You must register online. Please do not attend if you haven't signed up. Back in late afternoon. 

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

September 8—Tuesday 6:00 AM
Rarity Chase in the Pena Blanca Area NEW TRIP
We'll visit both Pena Blanca Canyon and the nearby Lake to look for rarities that have been found here lately, such as the Green Kingfisher and Rufous-capped Warbler, as well as other residents of the area including Elegant Trogon, etc. Meet at the Fry's Grocery Store on the north side of Irvington just east of I-19 at 6:00AM, returning same in early afternoon. Bring water, lunch and sunscreen and be prepared to walk about a half mile into the canyon as well as along the lake shore. You must register online and please do not show up unless you receive an email confirmation. Limit 11 people. Sign up for trip.

Trip Leader: Tim Helentjaris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

September 9--Wednesday 6:30- 9:30 AM
Migrating Hummers - WOW Arizona NEW TRIP
Trip Rating: Easy/moderate Distance: 1k Surface: Gravel/path/pavement
37 hummingbird feeders, 32 other feeders, 5 water features. WOW Arizona, 3 miles east of Catalina is a 3-acre haven for birds and wildlife over 150 species documented to date. (See the 'house bird List') Observe from the Hummingbird Patios, two areas surrounded by 26 feeders scant feet from the seating area. Short guided walk also offered. Limit 8 people. Coffee, tea, and water provided. Please wear neutral colors and be respectful of others. Normal $10 donation waived, but, PLEASE, bring money for sugar fund! NO OBTRUSIVE CAMERAS, TRIPODS, PROS(Smugmug, Flickr, etc.). Parking limited, please carpool if possible. WOW Arizona, a 501(c)(3). Sign up for trip.

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

September 19--Saturday 6:30- 9:30 AM
Migrating Hummers - WOW Arizona NEW TRIP
Trip Rating: Easy/moderate Distance: 1k Surface: Gravel/path/pavement
37 hummingbird feeders, 32 other feeders, 5 water features. WOW Arizona, 3 miles east of Catalina is a 3-acre haven for birds and wildlife over 150 species documented to date. (See the 'house bird List') Observe from the Hummingbird Patios, two areas surrounded by 26 feeders scant feet from the seating area. Short guided walk also offered. Limit 8 people. Coffee, tea, and water provided. Please wear neutral colors and be respectful of others. Normal id="mce_marker"0 donation waived, but, PLEASE, bring money for sugar fund! NO OBTRUSIVE CAMERAS, TRIPODS, PROS(Smugmug, Flickr, etc.). Parking limited, please carpool if possible. WOW Arizona, a 501(c)(3). Sign up for trip starting September 8.

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

September 20--Sunday, 8:00 AM
Fall Kickoff in Oracle State Park with Bob and Prudy Bowers NEW TRIP
Trip Rating: Easy/Moderate Walking Distance: Less than 1 mile Elevation Change: 50 feet Ground Conditions: Surfaced patios, dirt trails
At 4,335 feet elevation, the temperature is comfortable as fall replaces summer, and a lot of migrants as well as the usual suspects should be cavorting in plain sight. We'll be looking for Western Scrub-Jay, Bushtit, Lucy's Warbler, Western Tanager and September surprises. The park's many hummingbird feeders also will be calling southbound migrants. This is an easy, mostly level 2-hour ramble over less than a mile of trails around the Kannally Ranch House, where we will also bird the gardens and patios. Optional ranch house tour available after the walk. Ideal for seniors and beginners as well as anyone else interested in birding this rich area that is only open on weekends. Online registration required and limited to 14 participants. Meet at the Kannally Ranch House parking area in Oracle State Park off Mt. Lemmon Road at 8:00 AM. Sign up for trip starting September 8.

Contact Leaders Bob and Prudy Bowers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

September 26—Saturday 7:00 AM
Atturbury Wash, Lincoln Regional Park
Trip Rating: Easy. Walking Distance: 1 mile. Elevation Gain: Moderate. Ground Conditions: Mostly groomed trail, some sand/gravel. Join us to explore this great natural resource right in the City of Tucson. Atturbury Wash has been declared a wildlife sanctuary by the mayor and city council. A good variety of dewsert, riparian and maybe migrant birds should be present. Sign up for trip.

Leader: Kendall Kroesen: 520.971.2385 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

September 27—Sunday 7- 9:30 AM
Last Migrating Hummers/New Fall Birds - WOW Arizona TRIP FULL, sign up for waiting list below
Trip Rating: Easy/moderate Distance: 1k Surface: Gravel/path/pavement
37 hummingbird feeders, 32 other feeders, 5 water features. WOW Arizona, 3 miles east of Catalina is a 3-acre haven for birds and wildlife over 150 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. 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. WOW Arizona, a 501(c)(3).Sign up for trip.

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

October 3 – Saturday 8:00 AM
Sabino Canyon NEW TRIP
Trip Rating: Easy. Walking Distance: 4 miles. Elevation Gain: 25 feet. Ground Conditions: Rocky Trails
We'll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian area. 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. Sign up starting September 8.

Leaders: Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh

Saturday, October 10—Saturday 7:00 AM
Pena Blanca Lake NEW TRIP
Join Tucson Audubon for an easy walk around the edges of this fall migration hotspot for a wide variety of late season birds. Meet at the Green Valley McDonalds on Continental Road at 7:00 AM. Return early afternoon. You must register online and please do not show up unless you receive an email confirmation. Limit 20 people. Sign up for trip.

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

October 31-Saturday 9 a.m.
Reid Park
"Big Sit" at the big North Pond west of the Zoo. All birders and non-birders, of all ages or ability, especially those who are challenged by MOBILITY, are invited to meet at the west end of the lake. Bring your walker, wheel chair or lawn chair. Benches, handicapped parking spots and restrooms are nearby. We will have several scopes set at different heights. We will sit at the same spot on the sidewalk for an hour looking for ducks, herons and flycatchers. Might even see some Trick-or-Treaters! Call or email leader if any questions. No limit but please sign up for trip.

Leader: John Higgins. 520-578-1830 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

November 6--10
SPECIAL TRIP: Birds, Plants, Culture and Bacanora Along the Rio Sonora
Travel with Tucson Audubon and South of the Border Tours to Sonora, Mexico this fall
$1350 member price; $1425 non-member
Traveling by luxury motor coach, there will be a two night stop at Rancho Cerro Colorado, rich in biodiversity, and two nights in the charming town of Banamichi, at a posado right on the town square. In addition to birding, there will be many cultural activities, including time at a working ranch, and much more! Check out Tucson Audubon's website for complete information. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to explore our neighbor to the south! Limit 24. Get details and sign up for trip.

Leaders: Lynn Hassler, birder, author and naturalist; Jesus Garcia, Educational Specialist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and native Sonoran.

November 7 – Saturday 8:00 AM
Sabino Canyon NEW TRIP
Trip Rating: Easy. Walking Distance: 4 miles. Elevation Gain: 25 feet. Ground Conditions: Rocky Trails
We'll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian area. 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. Sign up starting October 16.

Leaders: Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh

November 17-Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
Reid Park Ramble
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.

Leader: John Higgins. 520-578-1830 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 520-290-9453

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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 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

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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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