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
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
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.
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.
April 4—Saturday 8:00 AM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.