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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- Southeast Arizona birding sites
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Weekly Walks - No sign up required
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 31-Saturday 9 a.m.
"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).
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).