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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 or 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, 520-307-6728, 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

August 29—Saturday 7:00 AM
Limberlost Family Park
Trip Rating: Easy. Walking Distance: 1/2 mile. Elevation Gain: None. Ground Conditions: Grass or pavement. We will walk among the trees and around the edges of this local Tucson park on Limberlost east of Stone Ave. Thick mesquites in the park and growth around the perimeter are good for mesquite forest birds and possibly southward migrants. 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 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 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

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 starting September 10.

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 (sign-up coming soon).

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

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 (sign-up coming soon).

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

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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